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The Branding

2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Teen author Micaela Wendell makes her fantasy debut with THE BRANDING (Book One of The Transformation series). Morwen Aleacim, an elfin teen in the village of Aren, has always heard rumors of evil lurking in the great forests of the kingdom, where children vanish. Her own father disappeared into those forests, and Morwen is determined to find him. She is secretly training ...more
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published (first published January 14th 2011)
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David Corder
I enjoyed this book so much that I did not read it once, but twice. It is a very well written tale of an elven teenager and her many adventures. I thought that the author used very talented writing to convey the fantasy world the story takes place in, so much so that i felt like that i was actually there with the characters. For teens who love Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or the Hunger Games, I highly recommend this book. It is very original and Ms. Wendell should be very proud of her work.
Jasmyn
A young elf girl, Morwen, disobeys the rules and explores the forest around her village. Now, the forest is forbidden because elves of all ages have been disappearing in it. Morwen's wandering brings a little good and quite a bit of bad. The good thing is that she meets a human ranger that begins to teach her how to become a warrior (something that is strictly forbidden for females to learn). The bad thing is that her little sister follows her and disappears.

Morwen decides to rescue her sister a
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Reading Vacation
If you have never read a book about elves before, The Branding may be a good place to start. These elves are not the teeny tiny people that I expected. Sure they have green hair, pointy ears, and they live three times longer than humans. They also have an elaborate society with strict rules – especially for the girls. Morwen does not want to play by these rules.

Speaking of Morwen, she is tough as nails as she fights to save her soul from Tobias. I liked that Morwen was not a quitter. She fought
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Dalton Lynne
I can't find it in my heart to one-star this review, specifically because the author is so young and she reminds me of how much I loved writing at that age (still do, actually). The author has a great imagination, and she crafted a decent plot, but in truth this book is not ready for print. The characters are cardboard cutout, one-dimensional and the writing generally reflects the fact that this was indeed written by a young teen ... words chosen and reactions described were often out of place w ...more
Cyn
I can't find it in my heart to one-star this review, specifically because the author is so young and she reminds me of how much I loved writing at that age (still do, actually). The author has a great imagination, and she crafted a decent plot, but in truth this book is not ready for print. The characters are cardboard cutout, one-dimensional and the writing generally reflects the fact that this was indeed written by a young teen ... words chosen and reactions described were often out of place w ...more
Resistance is Futile
The Branding is about a teenaged elf who must leave her family and go on a quest to save her soul from a terrible curse. The story-line to this book is very creative and in the hands of a skilled writer would have been fantastic. I think it is great that young people are able to get books published, and Miss Wendell will certainly be a great writer some day (I look forward to it). But this book has unsophisticated characterization and dialog. It is a book for people who are amused by cute storie ...more
Victoria
A lot is packed in to this little book and my only complaint is that it should have been lengthened in order to further enjoy the story. I loved the imagination that brought this story to life. The characters were original and humorous, and the descriptions were well composed. At the surface it would seem that the plot and characters are superficial, only because a lot could have been added in order to build up the emotional moments, but the story should not be ignored. As a great fast read, the ...more
Laurette
For a book written by a teenager, this book was fairly good in a technical sense. But I just couldn't quite get into this story very much. There were too many different characters and plot twists that made it start to feel messy and confusing. The main characters had little depth or development to them, and were quite stereotypical. I also didn't realize this book is apparently the first in a series, so when I came to the abrupt end, I was left hanging. Which would have been fine if I'd known it ...more
Marie
The Branding by Micaela Wendell is a fantasy quest story and the beginning of a series. Elves are the main and original characters. Added in are humans, werewolves, mages, dark wizards, vampires, and creatures of the dark. No telling what else will pop up in future stories of the series. The young author is still in high school, but did a great job writing this story - I enjoyed reading it, and am waiting for the next in the series.
Sherrie
This is a really good book from a new author and a young one at that. Her writing takes you into the world of Morwen and the Elfin world of Aren. As people Morwen loves keeps disappearing into the forrest she is determined to find them at all costs. But what will it cost her? And how will she ever get everything back the way it was? You'll have to read the book to find out. Can't wait for the sequel to come out.
Michelle
The basic premise is a young elf who rescues her sister, but gets cursed in the process and must go on a quest to free herself. [return][return]The author mentions that she wrote much of this story while in the 7th grade, and I think it showed. The plot jumps all over the place and the dialogue is rough. I can't recommend this story.
Heather
This was very...uneven. The story and characters were engaging, but it felt more like a concept treatment. That is, we seemed to speed through some parts of the story, while rehashing others over and over. Some of the writing was pretty terrible; for example, "This was hardly the ideal adventure of her dreams."
Grace
I tried to read this, I really did. Unfortunately, the author's youth shows in the maturity of the writing. It was unreadable.
Brittany
Very young author, and you can tell in the writing. Not bad for her age, but she definitely needs to mature as a writer.
Robin Marie
Brutal... If it hadn't been a snow day with no internet I wouldn't have finished it.
Jada
This was an okay book, not the most exciting, but enough to get you drawn.
Lindsay
A quick, light, and enjoyable read, with a strong female character.
Grace
Needs an editor. Good idea, but choppy storyline
Riv
Sep 26, 2011 Riv marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sounds really cool. Go teen authors!
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Teen author Micaela Wendell has been creating stories ever since she was very young, but her love for writing truly blossomed in her middle school years. In 5th Grade, her poem “Humiliation” was published in A Celebration of Young Poets: Appalachia—Spring 2005. During her 6th Grade year, she worked with two other students in writing and illustrating a children’s book. Their book won an honorable ...more
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