Official Review: Ice Queen by Julie L. Casey

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Official Review: Ice Queen by Julie L. Casey

Post by Supergirl1 » 08 May 2018, 10:31

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Ice Queen" by Julie L. Casey.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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It is a certainty that given the global dependence on electric power, a large percentage of the world's population would be ill-prepared if something as catastrophic as an earth-wide power failure should occur. Yet, this is what has happened in this book, and in addition to her family problems, teenage Taylor must find ways to survive in a world devoid of electricity or electronics.

Ice queen is the third novel in the teenage survivalist series by author Julie L. Casey. In this book, she tells the story of Taylor, a teenager who is saddled with junkie parents and an equally addicted older brother named Irvine. When one day, the sun spews electromagnetic waves that destroy the earth’s power grid, all equipment and gadgets that depend on electricity stop working. Being no stranger to survival as her parents have not exactly been in a position to take care of her, she has to go with her family to live on her uncle’s hog farm. The account of Taylor’s survival as told in this book makes a very interesting read.

Initially, I was worried that I would be unable to fully understand this story due to the fact that I chose to read book three first. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that each of the books in this series tells the survival story of a different individual when the world experiences power failure. This writing style is one that will definitely appeal to the books’ target audience. Also, the entire story is told in the first person narrative from the viewpoint of a teenage girl; this will make it easy for teenage readers to find themselves immersed in the story.

This captivating story teaches resilience in the face of adversity. It reinforces the truth that bleak situations are not the end of the world. Taylor’s mental strength and the way she quickly picks up survival skills serves to remind young girls that being female does not in any way equate to being weak. On the contrary, there is a reversal of roles as she is the one who most times has to look out for her family, especially her mother and brother.

For being one of the most entertaining and educative books I've read, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The entire account is properly sequenced and looks professionally edited. I most definitely would love to read another teenage survivalist story.

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Post by Smriti Bharti » 09 May 2018, 23:58

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Post by Laura Bach » 10 May 2018, 02:15

I like the plot. Taylor seems like a great teenager. Even if she has a complicated family, she is a strong person. I definitely like the fact that she is a feminist. If this is the thrid book in the series, is it necessary to read the previous books to understand? Do you recommend them? Really great review!

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Post by AmySmiles » 10 May 2018, 09:05

Wow, this would be devastating. Not because of no electronics or what not, but some people depend on electricity for health reasons. It would be an interesting read I am sure. Thanks for the review!
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Post by teacherjh » 10 May 2018, 11:49

This book hits so many things I am interested in. I definitely want to read it, and I may want to order it for my school library.

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Post by SammiArch » 10 May 2018, 18:11

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. The concept of it being part of a series but each book being from a different characters perspective really grabbed my attention. Would you say the overall feeling of the book would be considered suspense?
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Post by Supergirl1 » 11 May 2018, 01:57

Laura Ungureanu wrote:
10 May 2018, 02:15
I like the plot. Taylor seems like a great teenager. Even if she has a complicated family, she is a strong person. I definitely like the fact that she is a feminist. If this is the thrid book in the series, is it necessary to read the previous books to understand? Do you recommend them? Really great review!
She is indeed a strong person.
You will understand the story even if you have not read the previous books. Of course, I highly recommend them. Thank you :)

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Post by Supergirl1 » 11 May 2018, 01:57

AmySmiles wrote:
10 May 2018, 09:05
Wow, this would be devastating. Not because of no electronics or what not, but some people depend on electricity for health reasons. It would be an interesting read I am sure. Thanks for the review!
I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad you liked the review

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Post by Supergirl1 » 11 May 2018, 01:59

teacherjh wrote:
10 May 2018, 11:49
This book hits so many things I am interested in. I definitely want to read it, and I may want to order it for my school library.
It would make a great addition to your school library.

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Post by Supergirl1 » 11 May 2018, 02:02

SammiArch wrote:
10 May 2018, 18:11
This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. The concept of it being part of a series but each book being from a different characters perspective really grabbed my attention. Would you say the overall feeling of the book would be considered suspense?
Would I really say suspense? While there is a little suspense, It’s more of a survival story. You just find yourself carried away in the story and rooting for Taylor. It’s a really wonderful story.

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Post by revna01 » 11 May 2018, 03:57

Thank you for a great review! It's always helpful when books can be part of a series but still read like a standalone.

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Post by Libs_Books » 11 May 2018, 14:00

Is it me, or is the cover really off-putting? I nearly skipped one and that would have been a real shame because it sounds as though I would really enjoy this. I certainly enjoyed your review.

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