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  • Title: Alyzon Whitestarr
  • Author: Isobelle Carmody
  • ISBN: 9780375839382
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Are Alyzon s new abilities a blessing or a curse Alyzon Whitestarr doesn t take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal, artistic mother In fact, she s the most normal member of a very eccentric family until the day that an accident leaves her unique than she ever could have dreamed Suddenly colors are vibrant to Alyzon her memory i Are Alyzon s new abilities a blessing or a curse Alyzon Whitestarr doesn t take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal, artistic mother In fact, she s the most normal member of a very eccentric family until the day that an accident leaves her unique than she ever could have dreamed Suddenly colors are vibrant to Alyzon her memory is flawless but strangest of all is Alyzon s sense of smell Her best friend smells of a comforting sea breeze She registers her father s contentment as the sweet scent of caramelized sugar But why does the cutest guy in school smell so rancid With Alyzon s extrasensory perception comes intrigue and danger, as she becomes aware of the dark secrets and hidden ambitions that threaten her family In the end, being different might be less of a blessing than a curse
    Alyzon Whitestarr Are Alyzon s new abilities a blessing or a curse Alyzon Whitestarr doesn t take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal artistic mother In fact she s the most normal member of a very ec

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    1. I never would have finished this if I hadn t picked it up a teen librarian meeting and signed up to review it.Alyzon Whitestarr terrible title, by the way I should have known takes a knock on the head protecting her baby brother from injury Afterwards, she finds that she has extended senses she can hear and see far than she could before, but most of all she can smell people Not their b.o but their essential smell Turns out, the totally cute guy that she used to have the hots for actually smells [...]

    2. Alyzon WhitestarrIsobelle CarmodyPublisher Ford Street Publishing first published by Penguin Group Format PaperbackISBN 9781925272185Reviewer Tim HarrisOne of my favourite things about non realist fiction is the capacity it gives writers to use fantastical elements to express nebulous, intangible concepts In Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle Carmody does this very well, presenting a nuanced exploration of human nature and our equal capacity for both good and evil through the lens of Alyzon s heightene [...]

    3. Alyzon Whitestarr started out good The premise was interesting and I wanted to know the mystery behind the strange ability Alyzon acquired after a bad head injury But then the story started to drag painfully slow and became absolutely ludicrous by the time it got the mid latter part I had to will myself to continue reading just so I could finish this It didn t help that the book was unnecessarily long The characters were coming and going to the same places repeatedly without adding much to the s [...]

    4. This story was captivating for me, and as well as being exciting and fun to read, I thought it had really important underlying questions about the way people interact and how they re motivated, and lamenting a sort of sickness that seems to permeate society I just love the way that those messages are woven through a story about a girl with extended almost psychic senses Those sorts of stories are usually very introverted and self centred, so this is the most wonderful portrayal I ve seen of powe [...]

    5. This dog doesn t just rely on his sense of smell He can hear what a total butt people are without bending down to sniff em.Isobelle Carmody s Alyzon Whitestarr was sometimes good, it could have been great if only it had been balanced where it placed blame, less hysterical in its wrongs and all the rights that I d never place Scott Baio in charge of now, if I had teenaged daughters Hell, if it at least stuck to its own blood flow okay, I admit I was thinking it didn t fit with how I see the worl [...]

    6. Alyzon WhitestarrIsobelle CarmodyPublisher Ford Street Publishing first published by Penguin Group Format PaperbackRRP ISBN 9781925272185Reviewer Tim HarrisOne of my favourite things about non realist fiction is the capacity it gives writers to use fantastical elements to express nebulous, intangible concepts In Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle Carmody does this very well, presenting a nuanced exploration of human nature and our equal capacity for both good and evil through the lens of Alyzon s heigh [...]

    7. Alyzon Whitestarr Where do I start I guess I should go ahead and deliver the bad news first in a to the point list.Cons 1 The characters were monotonous they ended up all having the same amount of view points and being the same person i.e not much character diversity.2 This book was from the view point of a teenager, yet it sounds like it all came from a forty year old woman with nothing better to do that conjure up a steaming pile of crap.3 The audience it was supposed to be targeting probably [...]

    8. Alyzon is the middle child of five, the only normal one in her family, she thinks Her mother is an artist, who only works at night, and sleeps in the day Her father is a musician he s the lead singer guitarist songwriter for the practically unknown band Losing the Rope , which is just starting to hit it big All of her siblings seem to have inherited one or the other of her parents artistic abilities except for her Until the day she has an accident that puts her in a coma for a month and when she [...]

    9. Reviewed by Breia The Brain Brickey for TeensReadTooAlyzon isn t like the other people in her family She wasn t born with a special gift, and she thought that she would always be the ordinary one in a family of super talented people When she experiences an accident that gives her powers of her own, Alyzon realizes there is going on than what she initially figured.Her new power enhances her senses so that colors are vibrant, her memory is the best it s ever been, and her sense of smell is bette [...]

    10. The positive The main conceit of the book is that Alyzon gets hit on the head, spends a month in a coma, and wakes up with the ability to smell people s intentions and feelings and essences and the like I thought that was an intriguing and stellar idea, and enjoyed pretty much the first half of the book, where she s sort of trying to figure out how these new senses work, and what the smells mean, and such.The negative The action of the book was trite and boring fighting an ancient evil cult that [...]

    11. Alyzon is struck in the head one day and when she wakes up she finds she can smell things people s thoughts and feelings, and something sinister and foul around the cute boy at school and the man wanting to manage her father s music career.This is yet another great YA fantasy from my favourite author If it s not available in your country complain

    12. 4.5 stars So close to 5 stars, but for a fundamental flaw that I couldn t wrap my head around Review to come.

    13. I really enjoyed this book Alyzon Whitestarr is an example of being a book that is for its demographic It s a beautifully written book about a girl who develops the ability to smell other peoples emotions and essences souls It is a young adult fantasy and, while having a simple narrative structure, has the pacing to sustain a very enjoyable ride If you re looking for a great epic with complex character goals and adult themes, this is not it.At the heart of it, this is a book about family Alyzon [...]

    14. I don t think I have ever giving such a bad rating To a book The ending was cool but the whole story got me confused and I didn t understand most of the time what was going on.

    15. I love Isobelle Carmody s writing, but this disappointed me Maybe the mood I m in tonsillitis and school holidays , maybe I ve read too many beautifully written books lately, but the quality of the writing lets this idea down The Obernewtyn Chronicles are tremendous fun but I suspect part of the trouble with Alyzon Whitestarr is that it is set in our world, and hence our normal rules apply So gaps in the plot become a serious issue I did enjoy reading this, but I didn t love it

    16. This fantasy has an excellent premise What if all animals, including people, emitted all sorts of information, from emotions to basic messages to the nature of their very essences, that humans can no longer sense Perhaps early in our evolutionary past, these messages were an essential means of communication, but as we developed complex language and society, we gradually lost the ability to smell each other.After bumping her head, teenaged Alyzon falls into a month long coma When she comes out of [...]

    17. Ever wished you had extraordinary hearing, smell or vision When Alyson Whitestarr wakes up in hospital after being in a coma for a month it takes her some time to realise the overwhelming surge upon her senses are just that Her six senses are no longer at ordinary levels and her most remarkable skill becomes her ability to smell people s feelings, their honesty, their essence She can smell their goodness, their worries and ultimately some of their intent good and bad While at first this daily ba [...]

    18. I made it about two thirds into this book before abandoning it I realized I didn t really care for the ending or the characters, so called it quits Throughout the book there was this level of disbelief Ironically, rather than Alyzon s extended perception, this disbelief revolved around the story s chain of events I couldn t get a handle on the story s plot To me, the whole thing seemed a bit directionless and overly long I just didn t like it that much It s difficult to come up with the words to [...]

    19. 3.5 Stars, read 13 15 November, 2009Alyzon Whitestarr wakes up from an accident, after a month in a coma, to discover that she can now sense things beyond the ordinary she can see things better and even hear things better And most of all, she smells people Their essences, their fears, their worries, their love, their goodness And as she tried to adjust to these new found skills, she realizes that there is something very wrong going on around her Serenity, her sister who now insists on being call [...]

    20. One of my favourite things about non realist fiction is the capacity it gives writers to use fantastical elements to express nebulous, intangible concepts In Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle Carmody does this very well, presenting a nuanced exploration of human nature and our equal capacity for both good and evil through the lens of Alyzon s heightened senses, all the while telling a great, suspenseful story.The narrative s pacing is spot on There s always something to keep the pages turning, be it m [...]

    21. This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon Please head there for in depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Alyzon is the most boring member of her family She isn t artistic, she doesn t play an instrument and she doesn t have any interesting physical features One day she is hit on the head, and wakes up with her senses overwhelmed by smells, real and dubious She s a response to a sickness that takes over spirits, and they re after her and her sister.I forge [...]

    22. This is another one of those saw a brief description in the library s catalog and thought it sounded interesting reads and this time, my whims actually found me a book I enjoyed Alyzon is the most unimpressive member of her quirky and exceptionally talented family All that changes when one day she suffers a blow to the head and awakens from a month long coma with dramatically increased senses The taste of food moves her to tears, she can talk to her cat through scents, she can smell people s emo [...]

    23. In some waysAlyzon Whitestarr is almost a follow up toIsobelle Carmody sThe Gathering.Alyzon Whitestarr, seemingly the ordinary, odd one out in her talented, disorganised loving family has an accident and suddenly is able to smell the essence and emotions of the people around her and with physical contact, to even glimpse their emotional flashbacks At first this ability overwhelms her As she begins to adjust to her new life and abilities, however, she becomes aware of a curious disease of the so [...]

    24. Alyzon Whitestarr doesn t take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal, artistic mother In fact, she s the most normal member of a very eccentric family until the day that an accident leaves her unique than she ever could have dreamed Suddenly colors are vibrant to Alyzon her memory is flawless but strangest of all is Alyzon s sense of smell Her best friend smells of a comforting sea breeze She registers her father s contentment as the sweet scent of caramelized sugar But why doe [...]

    25. A truly captivating and compelling novel that when finished, will give readers an extreme satisfaction.To be honest, Alyzon Whitestarr was really slow in plot It took a long time for things to pick up and for the actual plot to happen However, the way Isobelle wrote this novel made it okay there wasn t any need to hurry through and instead, you felt this desire to slowly devour this book in all its goodness.To me, it seemed as if there were two plots the first where Alyzon first gains her extras [...]

    26. Parts of this book I absolutely loved and other parts I could pass on What I loved Alyzon s family, especially her father, and the way they share responsibilities and have open conversations Having said that, I did not fully appreciate Alyzon s mother due to her artsy flakiness although comes to light about this at the end of the book I also loved Carmody s characters they were vibrant, complex, and real On the downside, there were a tad too many of them What I could pass on were the over the t [...]

    27. This book starts off pretty slow in some ways, but having finished it, I can honestly say it s worth the long build up Alyzon Whitestarr is the boring one out of her large family of creatives until an accident sends her into a month long coma and she awakens with an unusual new talent the ability to smell people s souls As she delves deeper into this new ability, she realizes that all of her senses have been heightened to perceive a person s soul essence And with this new power comes the realiza [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this book It raises questions and thoughts that may not have otherwise come to mind, it has a fascinating plot, and the characters are very interesting They all have different sides and really added to the story Being Australian, I also always love when books are set here.I can see why some people might not enjoy this book It is a different story to what the blurb might lead to suggest, and a lot of the story was internal monologue For me, this was fine, and I enjoyed this novel [...]

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