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(The Outsiders Trilogy #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Julia finds herself leaving her London life behind to move with her parents to the Amazon jungle.

A native descendant, she becomes familiarized with her own roots for the first time in her life. However, she never imagines she is about to discover much more than her own past but also just how crowded our little planet is...

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Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 8th 2011 (first published June 26th 2011)
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp

Story was good and interesting, different- incredibly unique, in fact... but overall it didn't knock me in the head and say, "Love Me!" For the novelty and level of description, I'll give it 4♥'s but it just earned it by the skin of its teeth.

No worries of themes too big for younger britches. You can safely give this to a younger YA audience, as long as death and mild violence will not bother them. There is not much violence, but it exists. There were some parts of the story that didn't e
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.

First of all, I would like to thank the author for providing me with a free review copy. However, since this is an honest review, I apologize for my negative words, and am in no way trying to disrespect you.

I was really psyched by the description of this book – it’s pretty rare to have a contemporary YA book set in the Amazon. I suppose I was expecting something along the lin
Veronica Morfi
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I started reading Swirls I thought it'd be a story about a girl going back to her roots in Amazon and finding more about herself and maybe finding some magic powers or something to go along with it.

In some ways it was:
Julie lived all her life in London away from her true home Amazon. When her dads moves the whole family there for a job, Julie starts having painful dreams about a woman with red hair. She feels so misserable she has to leave behind evertyhing she knew and venture for the un
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've never read a book like this one before. Julia is being moved from London to the Amazon to connect with a heritage she's never known very much about. The book takes an incredible turn once the characters are in the Amazon. We learn secrets, dark and buried family secrets that just might explain a lot.

Swirls is a story rich in scenery and a lush history that evolves throughout the book into much more than I ever expected. This book is so rich in elements from all of the stories that I love. I
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, other-paranormal
The summary for this book caught my eye because of the setting-the Amazon jungle. I thought a book about a girl who is forced to move from London to a remote location then discovers some new paranormal creature would be really interesting. At some points the book was interesting, but overall it really wasn't my cup of tea.

I like that Swirls does have something paranormal going on but it isn't anything expected-no werewolves, shifters, vampires, angels or any of the usual suspects. I also think
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually wanted to give this book 3 stars, for a few reasons but I just couldn't. I honestly did really like the story and I think there is a lot of potential here. Reasons I wanted to give it 3 stars: for one, there are typo's. Actually it's more like words that don't belong (for example, I instead of and or an)like maybe there were some word changes in the editing but all of the original words didn't get deleted. Another reason was some time line errors. In the first chapter, Julia comes hom ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Swirls for me was such an interesting novel, I was intrigued with where the storyline was going to take me from the start of the book, I was not disappointed F.A. Hershey has written an amazing start to what I hope will be a interesting series. Special thanks to F.A. Hershey for the review copy.

Julia is the main character in the book, she is 17 and is a really intelligent down to earth teenager. Her father tells her that they are moving to Brazil, beside the Amazon Rainforest. She doesn't want t
Krysta Felix
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Under normal circumstances I wouldn't have read past the first five pages, but I got this book from Goodreads' Giveaways and so I felt an obligation to finish it.

There were several glaring problems with this book:

1. The worst was the spelling/grammatical mistakes. They went way past merely annoying or distracting: they were the most memorable part of the book, in a 'bang my head against the wall' way. I don't think there was a single paragraph without a mistake of some sort, or at the very least
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julia did not want to leave London and move to Brazil, but when her father's job required them to relocate to a remote area in Brazil, Julia had no other choice than to follow. Little did she know that what awaits her in Brazil could change her fate, and her destiny.

I was intrigued by the aspect of getting-to-know-your-roots. In most YA novels these days, family history has not been given much thought. However, as a young adult myself, I think it's imperative for young adults to know at least a

‘Swirls’ was kindly provided to me by the author, F.A Hershey and is the first book in ‘The Outsiders’ series.

Julia feels her life is in turmoil when her Biologist father receives a job opportunity in Brazil; reluctantly they make the move from London leaving behind her home, her grandmother who she shares a close bond and her friends.

On arrival in the Amazon, Julia meets Halola, they form an immediate bond and soon realize they descend from the same Kanuaye
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I initially chose to review this book because it seemed different from other YA books. This book definitely took me a while to get into. Now I'm not saying it was bad, it just took some time for the story to get going. A slow beginning doesn't usually bother me, but I really didn't care for Julia as a character. She was a tad bit too whiny for me. I understood she was sad about moving, but every time she was sad it just seemed like the same sentence. After a while I really just stopped caring th ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
The first thing that comes to mind after reading this book is…Interesting! This can be both good and bad though. If you are looking for a new twist on paranormal YA’s then you may be delighted by this book. If you like a book to pick up pace quickly then you may get irritated and give up on this book. You don’t start to find out what’s going on till half way through, but when you do, it’s very intriguing! Julia is a sweet and likable character who has to deal with moving away from her home in Lo ...more
Swirls is so much more than the summary provides. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading the book. By the end I was hooked and am looking forward to reading book number two.

Julia is living in London with her family when she starts having strange dreams that always involve a woman with red hair. When she finds out that her dad is moving the family to the Amazon Julia and her mom are not happy at all.

When they arrive Julia meets a girl, Halola, working at the lodge where they are stay
Lovey Dovey Books
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Swirls is a beautiful story. It was a little slow getting started for me, but I appreciated the build - up. The build - up allowed me to get to know and understand Julia on a deeper level. I was able to see a change in her attitude and perspective of life by the end of the story. Julia is a character that readers love and want to see do well, and since Swirls is only the beginning of her story, I have reason to believe that she will surprise everyone.

Other c
heather - NightlyReading
Julia's father is overly excited to move to the amazon jungle. Her mother, not so much. Julia is not as excited either, but goes along with it for her father's sake. And also that she has no other choice.

She runs into a strange man in the airport, that she feels connected to in some strange way, but has never seen him before. When she arrives at the hotel where they will be staying, she quickly becomes friends with the owners daughter. This soon becomes her journey to discovering her legacy as a
Autumn Is Azathoth
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, Paranormal, SciFi
Shelves: march-2012-reads
Julia’s family is moving to the Amazon, from London, with next to no notice at all. Her father has found a new position there, and hopes to get out from under the family’s financial difficulties. In a sense, Julia and her mother ought to be happy for the trip, because her mother’s mother is an Amazon native, a member of the Kanauyed tribe. But Julia’s mother has always distanced herself from that heritage, which Julia can’t understand, and doesn’t want to leave London life-neither does Julia. Bu ...more
Julia's father announces that due to job issues their family must move to Brazil. Julia is devastated to leave her London home, friends and grandmother behind. She starts having strange dreams/nightmares that night before they are scheduled to leave for Brazil. Julia thinks her grandmother might know what’s going on but she tells Julia she must be stronger than she’s ever been before. Julia’s grandmother and her mother are both native Kanuayed from Brazil. Julia quickly learns that she has a dee ...more
Elsa Carrion
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved the cover and the story! I would like to extend my deep appreciation to the author F.A. Hershey for providing me with an e-copy of his wonderful tale. I found the setting unique as well as the characters. I did notice that there were a few errors that editing missed but nothing that will change the story as a whole. This was the first time I have read a story that included any type of Amazon Indians. The Kanuayed Tribe was descendants from Mayan civilization with their beautiful skin and h ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I found this book to be an interesting and quick read. It is the story of a young girl who is uprooted from her life in London to life in Brazil with her family. She finds that her heritage is a rich one, and meets new friends along the way who show her a side to herself and the world that she never knew possible. It is part mystery and part paranormal. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and will continue on in the trilogy.
Sabine Reed
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
An intriguing setting. A coming of age story about a young women who discovers her real roots, and her power. The plot needs some tightening, but otherwise it's a fairly good read.
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Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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