Lucia Cascioli
Lulu (2011)
ISBN 9781257861972 
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (7/14)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Shifters’ by Lucia Cascioli on Blogcritics.

“Shifters” by Lucia Cascioli is about a special group of kids who are attending a different kind of school. The story begins when Mirabelle and her twin brother Brice are taken by their mother to take an admission evaluation at the Country Hills Schools to begin Kindergarten. But Mirabelle and Brice are not ordinary twins, and this won’t be an ordinary evaluation. Its purpose isn’t to measure if they are ready for school and if they are a good candidate for the curriculum. The evaluation has been designed to identify special abilities and to determine how powerful they are in order to promote their development. In short the Principal needs to find out if the twins are shifters. The twins make it into the school and embark on a journey of self-discovery as they learn what being shifters entail along with their peers. What they didn’t know is that their journey will demand they take on their respective roles in the fight of good versus evil. 

Lucia Cascioli has produced a great story which will take readers into an amazing and suspenseful adventure as each character meets their destiny, and the past meets the present to determine the future of the planet. Cascioli did a great job creating an interesting and unique plot as it had the right measures of reality and fantasy. Her characters were colorful, and believable.  The pace was on mark and made the flow of the story perfect, creating anticipation, intrigue and suspense. I particularly liked the unique formatting of the book as it made this fantasy a quick and easy read. The only negative I found was Cascioli’s decision to tell the story in first person. In my opinion the narration would have worked better in third person, especially on the scenes where the narrator was not present. Having said that, I must add that it did not take away from my enjoyment of the story, I just think that it would have worked better to keep me in the story instead pulling me out of it as I wondered how the narrator knew what was happening elsewhere.

In all I found “Shifters” by Lucia Cascioli to be a good, simple and quick fantasy, that will keep the reader turning the pages throughout. I great read for teens and young adults but also fun and interesting for any fantasy lover.

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