Published in: 2002
Edition read: E-Book
Book #: Book 1 in the Eagle and Jaguar trilogy
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 soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . . .
Kate is one of the coolest grandmothers, even if she is a bit cold-hearted. I mean, she is awesome because she travels to all these awesome places, and Alex gets to go with her to some of them when he is under her care and then have all these awesome adventures.
This story flows at a reasonable pace, the descriptions are vivid and fantastic, the characters are quite interesting, the story itself is quite different to anything I have read before. Alex is 15 years old in this book, his new friend Nadia is somewhere between 11-13, so it’s aimed at the young-adults, but easily read by those a bit older than this. I connected with the story and the characters and found the story and the setting really quite fun.
I realised halfway into the book that this is the second book this year I’ve read about the Amazon, and I gotta say I am super intrigued now about this region of the world. I think I need to look into more books set in this place. It sounds pretty amazing.
City of the Beasts rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? I would, this was quite a fun little book
Who would I recommend it to? Young adults who enjoy adventure would enjoy this book. It’s not a romance novel in any sense, it’s about a sweet friendship struck up in the most unlikely of places, between the most unlikely of people, who bond over their shared extraordinary experiences.
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Author’s website: http://www.isabelallende.com/en/book/city