Thanks to Parent Reviewers and New Year Publishing, I was given the opportunity to read the book Aurora Fee, by Megan Barnes. I received the book directly from the publisher and received no other compensation for this, my personal review.
I was intrigued by this book from the moment I took it out of the mailing envelope. The cover depicts a rather striking young lady who has a face very much like a cat, yes, even a soft, furry nose. But the eyes, mouth and hair on the top of her head were definitely human. I sat down in a favorite reading spot and began to read with anticipation, Aurora Fee, the story of a female high school student who is, to say the least, quite unique.
Right away, I discovered that Aurora is really quite different from any other teenager you might imagine. You see, although she was born human, her life changed forever when she turned 16. I don’t want to give away the story, but let’s just say, Aurora is able to change from her human form to a cat, and back again. There are times that she has control of when she changes, and other times, much to her dismay, she has no control. Her emotions, when not kept in check, control which parts of her human body change into a cat. Sounds a bit complicated and I did have trouble remembering which emotion caused what part to change, but it really wasn’t a necessary fact in following the story of Aurora.
While Aurora has to contend with her shape shifting, she also contends with typical teenage issues, school, friends, and even love. All of these things cause angst and can peak emotions particularly in a teenager, so it’s even more of a challenge for someone who doesn’t want their cat ears giving them away! As the parent of a teenager, I found it easy to relate to the teenage issues in the book. I found some of the story to be a bit far fetched and naive, but overall, it is a very enjoyable book. I am very impressed that the author, Megan Barnes, was just 17 when she wrote the story and had it published. On that alone I recommend the book! I admire anyone that follows their dreams, but to do so at such a young age is absolutely a triumph!
I give it a thumbs up and recommend this book to tweens- young teens.