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Feast Island (Spirit Lake, #1)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  7 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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Jo Michaels
Sep 17, 2014 Jo Michaels rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
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
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.
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.
I love the cover and sounds great cant wait to read it...
Dec 04, 2013 Tamar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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 an author and writer from California. Since the age of ten, many of her teachers have encouraged her to pursue a career in writing fiction. Tamar has always had a knack for words, loving the art of storytelling. As a musician and artist, she understands the importance of captivating an audience through various mediums, but especially loves using words to create visual images for read...more
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