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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,066 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Almost everyone, at some time, dreams of being the hidden king or queen of a far-off land. Almost everyone dreams that someday that secret identity will be revealed, heralding a new life filled with magic and power and love.

Teenager Ali Warner has good reason to believe in such a fantasy.

While hiking in the woods behind her house, Ali stumbles across a plot by the element
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Tor Teen (first published October 1st 2004)
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a long time Christopher Pike fan (started reading him in Middle school), I had to check out Alosha which I missed when the books originally came out. While classified as YA, it feels more middle grade. Except unlike Riordan, Rowling, or others that do middle grade, Pike seems to be trying to change his writing to how he thinks middle graders read instead of how they actually read. It comes off as choppy, inconsistent, and just utterly dumbed down. It's like a blend of middle grade content tol ...more
harlequin {Stephanie}
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Can't say I was blown away by this start to the series & I most certainly wasn't impressed with Christopher Pike as a writer. I've read some other reviews that say this book is not his best work so I'm not swearing him off entirely.

About the book... I hated the way it was written. The whole setup & characters lacked realism, I did enjoy some of the imagery, even though it seemed short. I am really hard to please in that arena. I might read the second, but since my library doesn't have it I'm not
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May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first I thought I might be too old to be reading this young adult novel as the main character is only 13 years old. The story is reminiscent of many "fairy tales" told before which makes it an easy read with plenty of action and enough foreshadowing to not be confused by the story line. Pleased to find out this is a trilogy series. I wouldn't have read this if it wasn't written by Christopher Pike ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book in childhood. Still do enjoy it even though it has some choppy writing.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not a fan of the writing style, some of the characters were annoying, especially one in particular, and I didn't find the story all that engaging. ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Took me 8 months to finish. This book wants to be Holly Black, but just isn't. I finished it with zero emotional investment in any of the characters. Its an empty shallow read. ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reading
Really enjoyed this both times I read it,
Filthy Little
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ms-read
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Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-or-syfy
This wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.

Characters: C+
I'm not too sure why he's a bestselling author. Nothing personal, I just can't see it. The characters were dry for the most part with no character development, and it was hard to get a good grasp on them. Unless you call Ali's mood switching development, where she turned from relatively normal nice to mean and bossy. I can't name when she started being mean, but it seemed to come out of nowhere. Maybe it was arrogance because she was getti
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally enjoy books by Christopher Pike. His plot lines continually amaze me. However, Pike's downfall is his writing style. In the books he writes strictly for adolescents, one doesn't notice as much his awkward similes and the way he tends to describe things more than once using the same words in a different order. It's much more noticeable in the work geared more towards adults. Although the heroine of this book is 13, the subject matter can be quite advanced, and I believe this book was ...more
Tony Lavely
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm posting this unchanged for all three books of the series, because I believe potential readers should be aware that the series is incomplete:

"Ali's story will continue in the next book in the series, Nemi" (last line of The Yanti.)

According to a Pike fan site (
"This is Pike[....] Nemi will be published when the Alosha movie is released. I don't control the publication of the book, Tor does. And unless the movie comes out, they won't be inspired enough t
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I can't believe I'm giving this book only 2 stars. A Christopher Pike novel?! Suffice to say I was a bit disappointed.

Maybe I was just expecting more. I was expecting something along the lines of Pike's other adult novels. But Barnes & Noble placed this book in their YA section while my library did not.

A lot of stuff was rather unbelievable - aside from it being a fantasy novel. It features a bunch of 13-year-olds, a leprechaun and a troll trying to save the world from an all-out war with elemen
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Pike fan, and when I discovered he had written fantasy too, I had to get my hands on it - and thanks to being able to order books from overseas, this was possible. Although not one of my favourites, I really enjoyed this book. I did expect high fantasy and was a little disappointed that Pike hadn't branched out as far as that, but it was still nice to see the traditional fantasy creatures woven into a Pike novel. Once I got over the fact that weren't to leave this world (though am rea ...more
Amanda Reed
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of the only fantasy books I have ever read, so I'm not sure how fair my review will actually be. Overall, I found Alosha to be really exciting and fun to read...after about 150 pages. Once I did "get into" the story, the plot was great. The beginning was just too...childish I guess and it felt like it took forever for the story to develop.

**Very Mild Spoiler Alert**

The writing felt average. The introduction of Paddy the leprechaun was just awkward and obvious. I found myself literal
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Been wanting to read it for a while, since the cover art was really interesting and the inside description seemed to back it up. It was really disappointing in that way. I've read my share of "we're hiking up a mountain" stories, and this was pretty much the same thing, although it did have a few attacks from fairyland added.

The main character was a brat the whole time, which was understandable in the end, but no easier to read. The end was rather confused. There was supposed to be a traitor (w
May 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
With a formulaic plot line and a setting that you've already seen several times in better written fantasy novel, only one element of "Alosha" truly stands out - the sheer pretentiousness of the main character.

Characters like 'Ali' happen when the authors spoil their creations with the blind love of a parent. They can't allow even the most minute of imperfections to exist.

This is how you get heroines with flawless beauty that are above the dirty complications of the average human mind and, in t
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I hoped that this would be the enchanting, action packed story the synopsis led me to believe, and most of the time it was. What if one day a seemingly normal 13 year old girl stumbles upon the knowledge that she has magical powers, that she must go on this grand quest and that she is going to save the world. In her quest she meets elves, trolls, dwarves, dark fairies, a leprechaun and more. Yes, the humor was often juvenile (trolls named Snot, Spit, and Fart for example) but it is a kids book a ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kind of started out slow, and not joking either, considering they don't even start out heading to where they're going to go until page 115. Otherwise before that, they're mostly milling around town and not really knowing what to do for that many pages.

Besides that, I liked the book, aside from the part where you felt that the characters were at times 95 years old going on 1,000(mostly due to the lack of contractions in the book). What 13 year old is going to say, "You are not going to
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this story. It started off slow and didn't pick up until about three quarters of the way through. I didn't find the dialogue believable either, which I know is really nit-picky, but if I'm gonna read a story about thirteen year-olds it would help if they actually sounded their age. It did strike me over the course of reading this book that Of course I find it boring, I am not the target audience. If I had known the main characters were thirteen I probably would hav ...more
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book, It will take you on a adventure, very exciting. i always loved Christopher pike(especially Last Vampire series which is really good)I think this is one of my favorite books, it also got me into fairies. I loved the characters too, especially the troll- who seemed creepy and nasty at first but then was really nice and sweet.I remember i went to the library looking for christopher pike last vampire books and this one was all on the shelf gathering dust, i was like it's a C. Pike book ...more
Amanda Miller
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As far as a young-adult fiction-fantasy novel is concerned, Alosha is one of the best I have read. I was particularly drawn to the storyline because it is a 'modern fairy-tale' sort, in which a young girl discovers that there is more to reality than meets the eye, and that she is more important to this expanded reality than she ever would have expected. Alosha's reverence toward nature and humble attitude are great characteristics for a protagonist, but she is also strong and independent, with o ...more
King Haddock
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I hardly cared for this book until I reached the more-exciting end. It did not start off so well, especially because it is apparent Christopher Pike does not know much about young teenage kids - I was the same age as the characters when I read the book, and scoffed at their interactions, shoe sizes, and the like. I think that the next two books in the series could be much better than this one (which pretty much seemed a set-up), but I have not read them yet. There were some good ideas in it, so ...more
Hester Griffith
May 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
The book is okay. My main problem is that the characters do not act or talk as if they are 13. That said, the plot is alright. The main character is a fanatic environmentalist, and while it's clear the author shares many of these view, he is not afraid to point out the flaws in this thinking. Ali, the protagonist, comes to the understanding by the end of the book that human life is much more important than saving a patch of land. I will probably read the other books in this series, just to see w ...more
Al Cormier
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like Percy Jackson, in the Rick Riordan series, Ali Warner is more than the thirteen-year-old girl she thinks she is. And this becomes apparent when she is thrust into a journey of discovery, and a mission to save the world from an invasion of creatures we all believed were only the stuff of childhood stories and fictional folk tales.

I was apprehensive about reading this offering, because Christopher Pike is better known for his horror novels. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I'm perusing the library shelves a few years ago and what do I see but an adult novel (not THAT kind of adult novel) by Christopher Pike? WTF! WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME HE WRITES NOVELS for PEOPLE OVER 14? Checked it out and read it right away. Unfortunately, my excitement died pretty quickly. It just.....wasn't very good. It was really not very well written. I guess I'll just have to stick with my found memories of Remember Me and never again venture into the world of Christopher Pike writing f ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought it would be a lot better than it was. It had a lot of things I didn't understand. Maybe I'll read the next 2 books. I hope they'll explain it. I didn't understand how she could just decide to be human and then be one. Also I didn't get how she wouldn't remember being what she used to be. I thought it was kind of confusing, but over all it was good. I would probably recommend this book as long as you would read the other 2 books. ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 9th-grd-advisory
this is an okay book. WHen i read it, i was expecting more of an adventure, rather than her just hanging with a bunch of monsters. the main character is an environmentalist. it disappointed me because i thought it would be different from other fairy tale books. It is a good read but it is not anything that would wow you.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am giving this book 5 stars out of 5. It fascinated me and kept me guessing all the way through. I loved the character Alosha. Alosha figures out more about herself and who she really is as the story progresses. I just finished the second book in the series, "The Shaktra" and loved that one as well. I thought it was a very unique story. ...more
Mary Ann
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, tween, ya, 2013
This story points out that one must be ever vigilant to determine which friends are loyal and the ones you shouldn't trust. The last half is more memorable than the first. Not many of us would accept a troll or leprechaun as a companion, much less trust them. This will eventually make it to my elementary school, Turkey Ford. ...more
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm

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