Friday, 8 June 2012

Review: Avalon High by Meg Cabot


This is an amazing book, it has a fantastic mix of medieval and contemporary, while incorporating the legend of King Arthur! It shows a whole new perspective of the legend of King Arthur, I consider this book a positively worthy read. I love this book so much that after getting it out repetitively for several years at the library I bought it!

This book is filled with suspense, the plot was not dragged out and had well developed characters. The story has amazing detail and is able to tell a whole new story of the legend of King Arthur without making the story feel as if it is being repeated.

This story follows Elaine 'Ellie' Harrison, the new girl in town who can not believe her luck when the most popular guy in school, A. Will Wagner shows interest in her but it feels like they already know each other. Things start to get kinda creepy when Will's half-brother Marco and one of Ellie's teachers start calling her the Lily Maid of Astolat, who loved Sir Lancelot, [in this time he is Lance, Will's best friend]. Weird things start to happen, it seems the Legend of King Arthur is repeating itself and it looks like Ellie will have to convince Will to lead this world out of its dark time.

To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn't take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning of this unfolding drama, she begins to recognize some haunting Arthurian echoes, causing her to worry that she has become just a pawn in mythic history. 

I would consider this one of Meg Cabot's best stand alone books, [although a short manga series followed the novel]. Avalon High is filled with adventure, romance and a completely original plot.

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