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The Moonstone Legacy - Diana De Gunzburg

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild / Paperback / Reading Level: Young Adult / 280 Pages / Book is published 2010-05-31 by Pushkin Press

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      15.06.2010 11:07
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      A great book, can't wait for the second in the series.

      I was given this book as a gift and even though it is aimed at young adults I still enjoyed it, and it was not at all as childish as I expected it to be.

      I think it costs around £7.00 from Amazon but is probably cheaper on other websites or if you buy a used copy.

      it is the first in a series of books, but the next ones aren't finished yet.

      The blurb from their website about this book reads:
      "In a sacred cave high in the mountains of northern India, a white-haired hermit sits cross-legged, and signs his final testament: "George Abercrombie, 1874..."

      "In present-day England, fourteen year old Lizzy Abercrombie's mother dies in a tragic accident on the full moon. But was it really an accident? Lizzy discovers that her death may be linked to a mysterious family curse. Determined to find the truth, her quest takes her from a splendid Anglo-Indian mansion on the Yorkshire moors to India, where she uncovers her ancestor's terrible past and a stolen inheritance. But her discoveries put her in mortal danger from a ruthless enemy."

      The story is incredibly well written, and the characters are very well thought out, and you immediately know who to like and dislike when you read about them. The main character Lizzy is a loveable teenager, whose strength and determination are amazing throughout the book.

      The authors manage to keep you in suspense about the outcome of the book right until the very end, and the climax of the book is quite action packed. I found it extremely interesting to try and figure out exactly what happened to the mysterious George Abercrombie and how his past actions are affecting Lizzy in the present day.

      The story takes the reader on a tour of India in parts, which is brilliantly described, and really illustrates the wonder of such a place in great detail.

      The best bit about this book is definitely the end, and the last few paragraphs open up a whole new mystery, which I think is going to be unveiled in a second book, which I now can't wait to read.

      The book uses mostly fairly basic language so it is a very easy read, but sometimes I don't want to have to look up every other word to be able to enjoy a book, and I think this is why young adults will like this particular book, and it shows that with a bit of imagination and a good story to start with, you can still grip the reader.

      The chapters in the book, are quite small and therefore extremely manageable, and I find this very helpful when you only have short moments of time to sneak in a bit of reading.

      I only have one downside to the book, and that is that the pages are white in colour, which doesn't seem like a big deal, but to accident prone clumsy people like me it just adds that little bit of extra pressure not to spill something and really ruin the pages as the slightest mark will show up.

      I know this book is aimed at young adults and being 25 I think I am slightly older then the demographic, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and will definitely be reading the next in the series. I would highly recommend it.

      For more information about the book and it's authors you can visit their website:
      www.moonstonelegacy.com

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