Friday, February 18, 2011

Foiled by Jane Yolen

Aliera is not your typical high-schooler, as a color-blind fencer she doesn't fit into any high school clique. She is a loner who would rather spend time fencing or playing a RPG with her handicapped cousin. It's only when her mother unexpectedly finds a $3 foil with a cheap looking jewel at the bottom does life become interesting. Aliera suddenly starts spending time with a popular boy and seeing in color! Everything is not as it seems, but is Aliera really a superhero or just crazy?

I liked this book, it's cute. Runs into a couple cliches but otherwise pretty great. Mike Cavallaro's illustrations give a sense of dynamic energy to the characters. Also the chapters are all named after different attacks in fencing, clever. It's a great theme throughout the story. A nice cliffhanger. Should be a nice series if that keep out of the usual tropes that this could go into. But it's Jane Yolen, so I'm not too worried.

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