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City of the Beasts

(Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar #1)

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Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia so
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Rayo (first published 2002)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
La ciudad de las bestias = City of the Beasts (Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar #1), Isabel Allende

City of the Beasts is the first young adult novel by Chilean-American writer Isabel Allende. Published in 2002.

City of the Beasts begins with the story of Alexander Cold, who is 15 years old and going through a family crisis. While his parents leave for Texas to try to treat his mother's cancer, Alex and his sisters are sent to live with their grandmothers. Despite his desperate pleading, Alex
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Natalie
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Gah! I was really disappointed with this little series from Allende. I love her books so much, but she did NOT successfully make the transition to writing for younger readers. The plots of all three in the series were very interesting and could have been a lot of fun, but the writing was often awkward and forced, especially the magical bits. The characters were a little two-dimensional, and even the dialogue was strained. She had some nifty ideas, but it seemed like she was trying to dumb them d ...more
Michelle Curie
"The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything."

I saw this book lurking in my bookshelf the other day and a sense of nostalgia swept over me as I remembered how this might have been one of the first Young Adult books I've ever read, all the way back when I wasn't even one myself. I picked this up again, wondering how well I remembered things and how I perceived them now.



In this Amazonian adventure, fifteen year old Alexander Cold is sent ou
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Belinda
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars - Dutch paperback - I have dyslexia -
Aldo this is a young adult novel for teenagers from 14 years and up, this book is a literair thriller witch only Isabel Allende could put down on to paper.
A young boy/man travels with his grandmother (who wants to be called Kate) to the Amazon. Their part of a group travelling for National Georaphic. They meet up with Nadia the daughter of the guide of the group. Not all attendees of the group have the best intrest for the forest and its inhabita
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Alexa
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this book sucked. Majorly. Giving it two stars was generous, to say the least.
The beginning was boring beyond belief. I had to read this for school, and my class and I begged the teacher to let us read another one. It had no interest for us, no appeal. I hated the grandmother, didn't know what to think of the main character, and was bored out of my mind by the language. When the main character was swimming with the dolphins, the story basically went, 'I was having so much fun. It was t
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Viv JM
I read this book with my 12 year old son. We both quite enjoyed it, but didn't love it. It is a coming of age tale/adventure story/fantasy/eco-thriller for young adults. I think possibly it was trying to be too many things! One thing I did appreciate was the fact that the protagonist's grandmother was so far from a stereotypical granny figure in children's lit - she is a chain smoking, vodka drinking, plain talking hard as nails journalist.
Monique
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it
I wanted to try some of Allende's work, and being lazy I picked one of her kids' books. However, I'm not sure that was the best choice after all. 'City of the Beasts' was not quite my cup of tea, even though I generally enjoy YA-books. However, I tend to enjoy them because they are lighthearted and easy to read, or because they present difficult problems in a slightly less depressing light. City on the Beasts did not have that lightness. It wanted to incorporate some issues (genocide, exploitati ...more
Christine
This is really like Indy Jones, though unlike her adult books, Allende tells too much instead of showing.


What is interesting about this book is the amount of background as well as action Allende packs into the book. During the journey in the Amazon, the characters of both Alex and Nadia are totally real as are most of the supporting characters. A good quick read for an adult
viktoria
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults
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Carmen
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
My friend read Isabel Allende books and she lend me this one. At first, after a few pages, I was sceptical and didn't expect much. I decided to keep on reading in any case (I cannot put a book down, even if it is bad) and I soon relized that I may have been predjudiced.

The story line was quite nice but the fact that the boy played flute certainly made an impact. I had some trouble with my commitment towards my flute playing because I didn't practice and whatever. Although him pulling his flute
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K.
Trigger warnings: parent with cancer, death, violence, some really weird and icky treatment of indigenous populations.

This was aggressively meh. I've enjoyed Isabel Allende's books in the past, so I figured it was worth trying one of her YA books. And while this started pretty solidly, this rapidly became dull. The whole thing just sort of became very action-centric with no depth at all to the characters.

And when there turned out to be a subplot in which (view spoiler)
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Tomasc
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because it had history and many action(which is a thing i love in books). Both things were great mixed together because Miss Allende made the book have action with history(from which you could learn from)without making it boring to read. This book has characters who probably could connect with you and very read to read about,because this book has characters of every kind.

The City of Beasts is about an American kid called Alex who has to go visit his grandmother. While v
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Giulia Paciotti
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers which are still dreamers, that believe in honesty and good thoughts.
I have to admit that till I reached the half of the book I was quite skeptic. I thought it was the classic story about children winning in some ways against insensible adults. In the beginning actually the story is a bit disconnected in my opinion. There were a lot informations and too much on the plate. I couldn't find the purpose, the real starting point. But when I reached the third to last chapter I understood everything, all the doubts, troubles, characters, dialogues. Everything came up cl ...more
Mariette
I am still in z 3rd Chapter, z 1st chapters were tragic, I shed few tears imagining z mother. then got furious and disgusted from z grandmother, I didn't like z grandmother character at all, she can't be more wicked than that!!
I'm waiting 4 z novel 2 get thrilling when they go 2 z Amazon.
but generally I like Isabelle Allende's writing style, it's simple and flowing.
I usually rate z novel when I reach Chapter 3 , but this time I won't rate it now, cuz I feel it will get better when I continue rea
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Linda Hart
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Allende's mix of magical fantasy and realism which makes you believe you're in another world. Beautiful writing. Although it is completely different, any Harry Potter fan would love this. This book began as bedtime stories told to her own children and grandchildren who persuaded her to put it on paper.
Sara
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
15 year old Sara had Taste! So happy i loved this book still, 9 years later. Still think it deserves the 5. Super interesting that i definitely see the points where my teen self just held on as tight as Borobá
David Raz
Getting to the end of this book was very difficult, simply because it was so boring. It was one of the worst books I read for quite some time.
Everything in the book was over-simplified and childish, from the setting to the characters to the plot. I especially didn't like the pseudo-fantasy, bordering on new-age elements.
I'm not sure what demographic it is aimed to, but I would probably not have liked it at any age. It seemed like the author got a very wrong idea about what YA books should be li
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Helen
I loved the bits where they were adventuring in the Amazon rainforest with Kate, Alexander's non-conformist and distinctly unmaternal journalist grandmother.

Kate really is the best thing in this book and I wish that she had more page time. After a big build-up of her character, she kind of fell out of the story and I feel that she was only there as a plot device to get an otherwise normal American kid on an adventure in the Amazon.

Though I have to say it's a story that's set up a lot better th
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Susie
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. Two teenagers have a great adventure in the Amazon. They discover their totem, and their special powers.
Haley
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book for young readers looking for a fantasy, adventure story, particularly for anyone curious about travel and the world. Something I'm excited for my kids to read some day.
Adriana Espada leyton
4.5

I think i'm finally getting out of my reading slump
Ché
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, summer-2015
*2.25 stars*
As you can see, I didn't enjoy this book very much.
Review to come.
ReaderSP
I had heard of this author but had never read any of her books until a friend was telling me about a fantastic book he was reading (City of the Beasts) and I realised that I had added it to my Kindle some time ago, meaning to read it but never had, so I started it straight away.

We follow Alex Cold as he is sent off to stay with his fierce, eccentric grandmother Kate whilst his mother is in hospital with cancer. Kate is just about to set off on a journey to the far reaches of the Amazon rainfore
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Diana
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"While splashing with other young people, Alexander Cold thought that the world had never seemed so beautiful and that he would never be so free again ..."


This book became special for me because it reminded me of a trip I made to the Ecuadorian Rainforest in the Amazon region many years ago under similar conditions. (I traveled with a team to make a photo book about THE HUAORANI PEOPLE that inhabit the Yasuni, the most biodiverse area in the world; the team was composed of a National Geographic
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Jane Odgers
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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Karen Barber
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having seen the opening of this on a GCSE exam, I was intrigued and have been meaning to read this for ages.
We begin with Alex in a difficult situation, knowing his mother is ill and expecting she will die. In order for her to get treatment, Alex is sent to stay with his grandmother, Kate. She’s a writer for National Geographic, about to head on a trip to the Amazon. Of course, in spite of being rather underprepared, Alex goes with her.
The trip is beyond your wildest imaginings. Detailed account
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Berenike
It's probably not fair that this is the first book by Isabel Allende that I've actually read (I had to pretend that I'd read La casa de los espíritus in school but I never made it past page ~20).
So I'm sad that this was a little disappointing.

Alex, a 15yo American boy, has to leave his family and go to the rainforest with his grandmother. They're part of an expedition that's supposed to investigate a mysterious 'Beast' that kills people and may or may not exist. A lot of other stuff happens, bu
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Jeannine
A youth book I thought would be easy, but it had lots of little words with few cognates that I was cognizant of. Allende a little preachy, but entertaining nevertheless.

Linda Greenwood
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hope
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
As much as I loved Allende, holy heck. Ick.

It was as if Allende was reliving high school, dreaming about "Where in the World is Carmen Santiago," and drinking too much vodka only to then vomit up this weird YA novel.
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s ...more

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