Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Avalon High by Meg Cabot Review

"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. A powerful novel by the author of The Princess Diaries."

I have always been a huge fan of Meg Cabot. From The Princess Diaries to Awaken Trilogy to now Avalon High. Avalon High is another favorite written by Meg Cabot. 

Avalon High is a cleverly written Arthurian retelling of the King Arthur legends. I was surprised to find out that Avalon High isn't a popular book of Meg Cabot. Clearly, Avalon High is one of those hidden gem (books) of the Young Adult book world.

Avalon High has a fun and twisty plot, cleverly designed and perfectly paced. With the plot in mind, Avalon High just got twistier. 

The ending was surprising. Truly I was in for a twist! I am not familiar with the King Arthur legend or the Lily Maid legend, so I was really into the shocking ending. Wow! That threw me off. I feel like the story of Avalon High can be continued and it is a story worth having a sequel.


Ellie or Elaine: She's cleverer than most of the character. Although on the last scene of the book, I wonder if she acted on impulse or by her past. (Maybe both.) Elaine is named after the Lily Maid. She hates the Lily Maid legend and stories. She doesn't like anything related to the King Arthur legends.

Will: QB. Mr. four-point-oh. Homecoming King. The love interest of Ellie. And reincarnation of King Arthur. Will is constantly shadowed by his brother, his girlfriend (not Ellie), and his father. He is at crossroads, divided by choice. 

Jennifer: Cheerleader. Beautiful. Will's girlfriend. The reincarnation of Guinevere the Queen and wife of King Arthur. She is tormented by the fact that she cheated on Will with Lance. Her choices will affect Will's mentality (meaning making him more vulnerable to attack) unless...

Lance: The guard. The jock. The reincarnation of Lancelot the knight. He will always be there to protect King Arthur, in football and against Will's brother.

Rating: Four out of Five.

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