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A Season of Transformation is a young adult fantasy/ romance novel set in the contemporary world. It is the story of five young people drawn together to complete a Quest, to protect their town from destruction. In order to defeat the story’s villain, Maxvale, the five virtual strangers must come together and not only forge a bond of trust but become proficient with the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Jayne Fordham
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May 03, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Five teenagers – a geek (Ben), a bad boy (Lucas), a class clown (Adam), a goth (Bonnie) and a rich kid (Makenna) – are all drawn together. Not knowing why, they all feel the urge to visit the Carnival. Unbeknownst to them, their ancestors have buried a box containing a letter – a letter stating that they are the only hope their town has against Maxvale, a man the ancestors defeated all those years ago but somehow has the power to come back and terrorize the town.

After digging up and opening the
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
A Season of Transformation is a debut paranormal young adult title for Australian author, Jayne Fordham. Five teenagers are inexplicably drawn together and discover a box, hidden a century before. It is revealed that a murderous spirit once terrorised their small country town and the high school students have inherited powers designed to vanquish him. Makenna, Lucas, Ben, Adam and Bonnie must learn to work together and master their abilities before his resurrection on the last day of autumn.
Makenna, Lucas, Bonnie, Adam and Ben. Five students at Catherine Vale high school on the outskirts of Sydney. They have absolutely nothing in common, don't really know each other (other than to comment that Lucas is 'hot' but he's also a jerk!) Makenna and her best friend, Aliysha have been close since Makenna moved to Catherine Vale with her Mum after her parents divorced, and her Dad moved overseas. She hasn't seen him since she was 13, and she is now 17...

Suddenly one day at school, weird thi
Jul 26, 2011 Evie rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
*** Originally posted to Bookish Blog

A Season of Transformation by Jayne Fordham is definitely one of my favorite reads this summer! It’s a magical story, full of super likable characters, great action and sweet romance. This book is too charming and entertaining to miss out on!

This great new young adult fantasy/romance novel tells a story of five teenagers from Catherine Vale, Australia. They’re all classmates at the local high school, but that’s about all they have in common. In fact, having
Cassie McCown
Sep 04, 2011 Cassie McCown rated it really liked it
A Season of Transformation
By: Jayne Fordham
ISBN: 9781447548
Published March 31, 2011
Available Format: Paperback, ebook

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In Jayne Fordham’s new novel, A Season of Transformation, five teenagers from diverse circumstances and social circles are brought together to save their town from a paranormal menace. In response to this threat and with the help of their clever ancestors, each of the five begins to develop their own supernatural abilities. In addition, each of the teens is struggling w
Jan 27, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
I received this free book for review from author, Jayne Fordham, in exchange of honest review.

The story grabbed me in from the very beginning. The idea of the story was original, which enticed me. Finding out what their abilities were, made the story that much more interesting and fun. I would love to have their powers. I was interested to see how the characters were going to use their powers to kill Maxvale. To me, the story lacked action; it would have been good to read about them during thei
Dec 17, 2012 Kaz rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I received this book through a First Reads giveaway.

Let me start by saying that I was drawn to this book initially by the gorgeous cover. I love the Autumn leaves and I want those clothes is my wardrobe!
I was surprised (in a good way) that this a book about teens with super powers. I always love movies/TV shows/books involving super powers. Also, there's a bad boy/good girl romance which gets another big tick from me.

However, I did have a few problems with the writing - mostly grammatical error
I was lucky enough to receive this as a giveaway from Goodreads. I read this in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Jayne Fordham has written an exciting teen novel with believable characters. Teen fantasy books have always been popular but it hasn’t been until the last several years until they have become the most popular genre in YA fiction. A Season for Transformation is a fantasy story with romance thrown into the mix and it is a breath of fresh air in the YA fantasy genre. ...more
Perry Gamsby
Jun 22, 2011 Perry Gamsby rated it really liked it
A good first novel that caters to a market too often passed by, the Australian YA. While this book and the characters and story can be enjoyed anywhere in the world, it really rings true for the Australian audience. The tone and voice is natural to the Aussie ear yet not too colloquial to alienate the rest of the English speaking world. The reason for this is that the conflicts faced by the characters and the audience are very similar across the globe. Within the text there is a second narrative ...more
Elisabeth Storrs
Dec 19, 2011 Elisabeth Storrs rated it really liked it
I do not normally read YA but I very much enjoyed reading this story of teens discovering not only their own strengths but appreciating ( and ultimately empowering) those of others who would not normally be within their friendship circles. The tension built through development of the good vs evil plot made it a page turner, and the growing romance between Makenna and Lucas was deftly drawn. Well done, Jane, for creating such a solid first novel. I hope there will be another.
Apr 19, 2013 Ariana rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways-won
I firstly want to thank Jayne Fordham for sending me a free copy of this book. I appreciate it a lot. I really enjoyed A Season of Transformation. It has an interesting story line and the character development has been done superbly. The reader can watch all of the main characters change dramatically from who they are assumed to be to the person they really are as well as learning from their experiences. Hoping for a sequel.
Kristina Franken
Sep 05, 2012 Kristina Franken rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Bonnie Lamer
Jul 18, 2011 Bonnie Lamer rated it really liked it
A Season of Transformation is a modern day Breakfast Club with a paranormal twist. And the story is better for it. When a disenchanted teen, a privileged girl, a shy and lonely goth girl, a geek and a class clown are each given a supernatural ability and told to work together to be strong enough to fight what’s coming, it takes more than practice to make it happen. Each of them needs to confront the issues in their lives that will affect their confidence in themselves to win the battle. As they ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
What is great about the book is the variety of characters, my personally favourite was Ben. Each one is very different and each one has a different life which is explored perfectly throughout the book. A strong character was definitely Bonnie, who has arguably got the most on her plate, is so grateful to be in a part of something. This book also reflects life, maybe not the saving the town from evil Maxwell, but more the school aspect of it. The book also offers romance and, anyone who read this ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how the cover of this book really represents the autumn season that is so prominent throughout the book.

The five teenagers in this book don’t really run in the same social circle. They haven’t spoken to each other until they feel compelled to do so. I really liked seeing their friendships (and even romances) developed throughout the book. They came about more naturally than some YA books (i.e. no insta-love here). I think A Season of Transformation teaches a pretty good lesson. The main r
Vickie Wilson
Mar 07, 2014 Vickie Wilson rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I loved how defeating Maxdale wasn't overdone and the plot mainly focused on the teens relationships with each other. I also liked that they were all from different backgrounds and wouldn't have talked to each other if it hadn't have been for their powers but they then became really close friends. I was pretty sad when it ended and I'm still missing the characters now, particularly Bobbie.

There were a couple of issues with this book. The main one being grammar. There
Dec 26, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Congratulations to an Australian psychologist who has turned her hand to writing a fantasy novel for young adults.I was curious to see the result, and so might you be.
It's rare that I would shy off writing a longer review, but I have read "Kate"'s review on this site which has summed up the book, much as I would have.
There are many interesting discoveries to be made on this site and this has been one of them.
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A Season of Transformation is a middle grade/young adult fantasy novel set in a small community outside of Sydney. It's a story about looking beyond stereotypes, having confidence, courage, and somewhere to belong.

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