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The Colors of Malent by Tim Adams
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May 31, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, faves, fiction, novel, recommended, teen, young-adult
Read from May 18 to 31, 2012

Alara is a 14 year old girl, almost 15, who has the normal trials and tribulations of teens everywhere. Alara's best friend Madison or Mads as Alara calls her, is already a pro shopper with tons of attitude. Alara's new boyfriend Alex is a good looking jock who really seems to like her but doesn't always understand her. Her freaky teenaged next door neighbor Freddy, incredibly smart but socially awkward, suddenly starts talking to her.

Alara's busy and tension filled life is further complicated by the strange dreams that have haunted her since she can remember. Dreams that are getting weirder and weirder. They take her to another time and place where she enters the minds and bodies of the people she comes across.

Slowly she realizes that she can control the thoughts and actions of these people and she believes these people and places are real and are from a place called Malent. The bigger problem though is that these dreams are starting to come when she is awake too. And if all this isn't enough to deal with, she has just found out something about herself that shocks her to the core!

As Alara tries to discover who the strange people in her dreams are and where Malent is, she is also trying to discover something about herself. Her questions bring her into contact with new people who could be friends or enemies. Things seem to be constantly changing and it leaves Alara wondering who she exactly she can trust.

The ending will leave you holding your breath, impatient for the next book to continue with this very intriguing story!

I really enjoyed this novel. The twists and turns keep you flipping the pages, faster and faster, as you try to see what will happen next.

The characters in Alara's life are very believable. Her parents are typical parents, with her dad being the loud disciplinarian and her mom understanding the problems of being a teenaged girl. Her friends are very real. The situations are what many teens go through.

The people from Malent, the alternate world of Alara's, are reminiscent of the our world but from many centuries ago. The strange, scary animals that inhabit the lands are definitely not of our world and are incredibly imaginative.

The way the story switches between our world and Malent is extremely well done. I really look forward to the next book in this YA fantasy series.
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