Caterpillar (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #1)
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Caterpillar (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #1)

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ISBN-10: 1879571005 / ISBN-13: 9781879571006

In a small college town in northern California, a lonely young man is working himself to the bone to solve a sixty-year-old problem … a stranger with a will of iron and eyes the color of ice is searching for someone he can't identify … and a girl who loves plants is about to grow roots...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published March 23rd 2012 by MAB Books
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A Huge THANK YOU to YA Bound for allowing me to be a part of this tour. Caterpillar is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you have read it. I have to admit that the book cover threw me because it speaks of nothing in the book. Usually I am a cover girl. I know I know I am shallow like that but lord knows I love a good cover and if the cover is off I wait and see what the reviewers are saying. I have to say this cover grabbed me from the beginning and the blurb did the book j...more
Angela Fristoe
I love paranormal romance, and Caterpillar did not disappoint. Oliver has done an excellent job it creating an alien that is unique and bringing to life his world.

Cara is an earthy, natural kind of character, almost a tree hugger type, without the activism. Her constant moving has left her with no friends and she isn't sure she wants to change that. Even when she does make a few friends they are more of a group that latches on to her and she can't shake them, despite wanting to. Though she does...more

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

I was pretty impressed with the way Caterpillar made me feel. Even when some moments were a bit unbelievable or typical of the YA genre, there was just something about this book that I found really entertaining. I couldn't help but to enjoy it! It honestly was a guilty pleasure sort of read for me, and I truly am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

By the time I was done with chapter two, I was hooked into the story. It may have s...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Reviewed at

Without a doubt, this was the most surprising book I’ve read all year.

The cover was very iffy to me (yes, I most definitely judge books by their covers) but the summary sounded sort of interesting so I thought I would give it a try.

I am so glad I did.

From the moment I began reading, I knew this was going to be a one-sitting book. And it was! I simply couldn’t put it down.

Cara is very much a main character I can relate to. She is a loner – prima...more
Emily (Book Jems)
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

This book was very strange. Overall, enjoyable, but definitely not my usual kind of book. I'm still a little befuddled over everything that occurs in the story. While I liked it, it definitely was not love. I almost didn't write this review and asked for a promotional post because it's hard to explain my feeling about this book.

First, I don't like the cover. I know a lot of people don't care about covers and how others feel about them, but for me, a usually judge b...more
I wanted to read this book after seeing the cover and reading the summary. The cover is beautiful and the summary sounded mysterious. I wanted to give it a try and I was blown away.

I want to start this review by saying that the story was beautiful and the writing was amazing. It has been a very long time since I had a book make me smile, cry, laugh, and feel the way this one did. I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up. It's a love story between a girl and a boy. New town, new sc...more
Michelle  novelsontherun

I have just read a book called Cicada and now Caterpillar, both funnily enough had the same theme behind them, both also insect titles...hehe!!

Caroline aka Cara is a 17 yr old Foreign Service Brat. She has come to live with her 22 yr old sister Liv...... thinks just got interesting.

A blown tyre changes Cara’s life. She isn’t a very social person and when she is seeking out help , as her sis does not have her jack in her boot to change a tyre, she finds a beautiful boy who...more
Shae Carcar
Overall Thoughts:
I've never read an alien story in Young Adult before so I definitely appreciate the unique plot!

Caterpillar is about a 17 year old girl named Cara Gallagher who is a foreign service brat, meaning she's always moving around and never has any constant friends. When she's forced to live with her beloved older sister for her senior year in high school, she not looking to find any attachments to anything or anyone. All of that is soon forgotten when she ends up saving the life of a c...more
Cara is almost 18 years old, she is starting her senior year in high school at another school, yet again, the only perk being that she gets to live with her sister. With her dad being in the Foreign Services, Cara has moved around so much and has been in so many different schools that she doesn't make a lot of friends and kind of stays to herself. After arriving in California, she takes her sister's car out to do a little sightseeing, has a flat, jumps a guard rail to try to find the person who...more
Gretchen Hohmeyer
This review originally appeared HERE on My Life is a Notebook, as part of a YA Bound blog tour with an international giveaway that goes til June 26, 2012!

Some people put down a book if, only a couple of chapters in, the book isn’t hooking them. I am not one of those people. I will stick with books until the absolute end, if only to be continuously horrified. Sometimes, I’m even excited I did.

This was one of those times.

The beginning of the book might put readers who are quick to judge off, becau...more
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was pretty long, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait until I read the next of this series. I really like watching Cara grow as an individual. I also enjoyed watching Cara and Will's relationship develop and become stronger.

Cara ends up moving in with her sister because her parents are relocated out of the country for her father's job. She doesn't know anyone but her sister and just has to finish her last year in high school so she can move on. When sh...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished rather quickly. I didn't want to put it down until this unique story ended.

Cara Gallagher is a very smart, yet quite naive high school senior. Her attitude and behavior at school was not endearing to me. I didn't like her at school. She bothered me. That is until the end, Cara definitely redeemed herself in my eyes.

Liv is an older sister that everyone would want to have. She is very protective of Cara...more
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ**

I normally do not like the whole sci-fi genre. The idea of other planets and other beings out there scares me a little. BUT this book was AMAZING.

The author made the “alien” seem so real, very human. (And super gorgeous in case you were wondering) Cara was also my type of girl. Non-social and such. In the beginning of the book I wondered if her gift for planting would grow into some special power, because of the cover. Will and Cara I think are amazing for each oth...more
Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart)
Oh sweet baby Jesus. This was the BEST love story I have read in my whole entire life.

I did not know what to expect when I picked up this novel. But I certainly did not expect to be wooed. No sweeter words have ever been spoken and written as beautifully. I never dreamed the lifecycle of a caterpillar could be so poetic and yet this book is about so, so much more. This is a love story about girl meets alien. ….and fall in love…. an alien, with no physical form! Imagine that! Cara is from an int...more
I was originally planning on giving this book 4 stars but I just couldn't. I really liked the beginning of the book as I think that it started off really well but about 100 pages from the end it just sort of went a bit downhill for me.
I loved that Cara and her sister were science geeks being one myself so I loved the terminology used in here. Will was a sweet hero especially considering how lonely he must have been all by himself. I love the way he first met Cara and his POVs were great as well...more
Novels On The Run


I have just read a book called Cicada and now Caterpillar, both funnily enough had the same theme behind them, both also insect titles...hehe!!

Caroline aka Cara is a 17 yr old Foreign Service Brat. She has come to live with her 22 yr old sister Liv...... thinks just got interesting.

A blown tyre changes Cara’s life. She isn’t a very social person and when she is seeking out help , as her sis does not have her jack in her boot to change a tyre, she finds a...more
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hmmm 3.5 scrolls. I'm really stumped on this review. It's got some great elements to the story. The combination of Cara and Will are totally and completely in sync. They are a brilliant couple together and they make the novel worth reading. I loved how alone they both are in the world, yet because they both understand the feeling, they begin to understand the world together as well as escape their loneline...more
Let me start off by saying that this is a beautifully written book. I didn't go into this with a ton of expectations, as normally when I accept author review requests I tend to scope out goodreads to see what other people have thought of it before making a decision. This book wasn't even listed on goodreads when I accepted it, which was both thrilling and scary.

That being said, the first chapter in and I was pretty much hooked.

Cara is an interesting girl. Her family isn't functional (but whose...more
Ashley Byland
When I first read the blurb for this book, I read it very quickly, but what I did catch intrigued me enough o want to read this book. Before I started reading this book and then I caught this part of the blurb: “Will's home is forty-four light years away.“ That is a very important part, lol. That made me ever more excited to read this book. The cover to me didn’t match the story well. It is not a bad cover, but for all the different elements this book brought, the cover does not do this story ju...more
Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

-Please stop by and enter the Caterpillar giveaway: June 18-26th!

Oh, how I enjoyed every minute of Kate Oliver's young adult debut, Caterpillar! It's one thing to be drawn in by its blurb: the hint of a very romantic story with a possibly tragic ending, and another to be so captivated by its lead characters that I'm already wishing for the next book in the series.

Cara Gallagher and Will Mallory were beautiful together...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Caterpillar is a beautiful Sci-fi fantasy love story. Kate Oliver has a wonderful, creative mind when it comes to writing a unique storyline and heart-felt romance. Oliver also gives us an encouraging story with Cara messed up life. Caterpillar is the kind of forever love that I love to read, when two people who are hurting, lost and empty are meant to find each other to heal and complete one another…soulmates.

In two months Cara will be eighteen. Cara's dad who works for Foreign Service and has...more
I have to admit, I was a little worried about this book once I started getting into the story. I tend to stray from stories involving aliens falling in love with humans (unless the story has Daemon from the Lux Series in it- I would not mind at all then!), and seeing how Caterpillar is exactly that type of alien/human love story, I approached it with trepidation. I ended up being worried for nothing! Overall, the story was well written, and the romance, save for the slight instant attraction fac...more
Step Into Fiction
I am always a bit afraid to read books about aliens and humans. I have a whole big issue with how media and such portray aliens, always making them pretty much just like humans, but with a few different features. This was not the case in this book. I had nothing to worry about here, Kate Oliver must have the same idea about aliens that I do :)

Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

Review completed by: Ashley
Kate Oliver has written a beautiful love story. The characters in this paranormal romance meet during a time when they are each searching for direction. Through conflicts from outside forces, (federal agents, selfish relatives and spoiled high school students) their relationship reaches a depth neither thought possible.

Since this is the first in a trilogy, I'll definitely look for the second installment! I'll also look for her other books, including those she has written for children.

Thanks fo...more
Ashley Lavering
I enjoyed it. It was fun. but it was lacking a strong plot, as in the plot just didn't move forward fast enough. I just keep going this is nice but when do things go wrong and they are running for their lives? I did love the ending and the life lessons and messages through out the book!
Real easy read, couldn't put it down, an unusual story, something I have never read before really enjoyed it can't wait for the next in the trilogy.
I really wanted to rate this a 3.5, mostly because it was 4 star quality for 80% of the book and only started failing right at the end.
I just won this book in a giveaway! Can't wait for it to arrive!
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