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Feast Island (Spirit Lake, #1)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Seven teenagers from Northern California are assigned a seemingly innocent group project for their Freshman English class. Little do they know, this project will take them on a journey out of this world-literally. Cantelia, appears much like Earth until the kids realize magic is as plentiful as the wildlife surrounding them. A dark and evil ruler is enforcing a curse on th ...more
Paperback, First, 230 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Epic Books Publishing
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Sarah Briggs
May 25, 2015 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Despite this book containing first and third person POVs, I still found this fairly easy to read. There was a nice combination of fantasy and science fiction in this book, I felt. Although the caracters were introduced in a list format (which I really don’t feel works), for the most part, I found them quite well-rounded characters… though I felt Keira was a bit too cliched; and I forgot that there w
This story is about magic, space travel (sort of), and finding out what you are capable of. The characters in this story get magically transported to another planet where they are hailed as the Chosen Ones who are to get rid of the evil in the land. This story will continue in future books.

The mythology revealed in the story is very interesting. I cannot wait to see where it goes. It also has an underlying psychological study on what make friendship and how trauma or stress can bond people. T
Jo Michaels
Sep 17, 2014 Jo Michaels rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens who want a good story and a clean read
I picked up this book when the author, Tamar Hela, pitched it to me on my blog during my Twelve Days of Christmas event. She was looking for reviews, and her book got me from both the pitch and the sample. I ran out and bought it, as I do all books I review, and the rest, as they say, is history. Enough about how I came upon the title! Let's get to the good stuff.

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This book has a lot of heart and a great story. I enjoyed the main character, and felt like she grew as th
Jun 04, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Back in August of last year I was a part of Tamar Hela’s blog tour to publicize her debut young adult novel. As a participant of her tour, she sent me copy of Feast Island to review as well, and sadly it has taken me this long to actually read it.

Let it be known that I still, even at the age of 21, love YA books. And I knew this was a YA book going into it, but from how I interpreted the summary, I expected the protagonist and side characters to be closer to adulthood — like around 16, the typic
Patricia Kaniasty
Oct 27, 2014 Patricia Kaniasty rated it liked it
This turned out to be a really good story. It had adventure, humor, gore (not too much),....etc. A little of everything. However the title and cover of the book did not fit the actual story. It's about a group of teenagers that go thru a portal to another world. They help the tribes of this planet get back together as friends. More happens but you'll have to read it to find out.
Sep 16, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
After winning this book from a giveaway, I opened it with no expectations. What I found was a very cute and unique story with a refreshing lack of make-out scenes (as much as I appreciate romance, I get tired of young adult drama sometimes). To be quite honest, it could have stood for a little more editing. As a grammar Nazi, I cringed a tiny bit at some misplaced commas. I think the best group for this book is junior highers. In fact, I am going to lend this to my twelve-year old family friend, ...more
Robin Woods
Sep 16, 2012 Robin Woods rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed Tamar Hela’s romp in a parallel universe. Her characters encounter strange creatures and a world in upheaval while discovering their destinies. Her teen narrator’s casual vernacular reminds me a little of the Mara Dyer books (without the expletives).

This novel is clean and fun. It is suited for middle-grade and up. I look forward to reading the next book and getting to return to the world Ms. Hela created.
Sep 19, 2012 Brenna rated it really liked it
I thought this was a nice unique short book that is a good casual read. The author was very creative with the characters and the settings. I am always happy to read a book that isn’t a romance, which are surprisingly difficult to find.
C.F. Waller
Nov 24, 2015 C.F. Waller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this Author!!!! Can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!!!
Jun 29, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
I love the cover and sounds great cant wait to read it...
Scarlett Love
May 27, 2015 Scarlett Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this SciFi fantasy. There wasn't a lot of romance, especially considering it was a YA book, but that worked for the story. I liked the pacing and thought the writing was pretty good. I think I would read something from this author again. It's pretty clean, too, so it could be appropriate for middle grade readers. But I think anyone who likes fantasy/action books would like this book.
Feb 22, 2015 Tamar rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a YA book that's fast-paced, and unlike other YA books in the current market, this is the book for you!

NOTE: This is the 2nd edition and has quite a few new additions and surprises for first time readers and long-time fans alike!
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Tamar Hela is a writer, editor, and teacher from California. From the age of ten, many of her teachers encouraged her to pursue a career in writing fiction. Having a knack for language and loving the art of storytelling, she loves using words to create new worlds for readers. When she’s not writing, drinking coffee, or traveling somewhere cool, she can be found curled up with a good book (of cours ...more
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