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Description - Jatta by Jenny Hale

Jatta is a princess in the kingdom of Alteeda, but her life is no fairytale. Her mother was slain by werewolves when Jatta was three years old, and now, at the age of fourteen, she has discovered that the werewolves left their curse on her. With her brother, Arthmael, Jatta is forced to flee the castle and journey to the dark kingdom of Dartith, a place where werewolves and the Undead prowl the streets.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741693126
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Scholastic Australia
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Jatta by Jenny Hale - Reviewed by (01 Dec 2009)

The plot sounds exciting, right? It's a shame that the story doesn't live up to it. The story seems slow in parts, and the author, Jenny Hale, tends to skip over descriptions in important scenes; bringing general confusion to the reader as to how something suddenly happened. I was indifferent to the first 200 or so pages before the story finally made me WANT to read it.

One thing I CANNOT stand is an annoying main character. In this book Jatta, the main character, annoys me quite a bit. Being a princess she has many chambermaids, without whom she is too ignorant to function. She is unsure of how to dress herself and has no understanding of money and its value. Though these may be minor things, they annoy me to no end. Her personality is very dull and uninteresting though by the end of the book her character has improved.

That all being said, JATTA does have a unique take on werewolves and the undead (which are basically vampires). There are other interesting characters, her brother Prince Arthmael for example. The book does put the characters in trying circumstances and making them choose the "right" thing to do in moral dilemmas.

I'd give this book 2 and a 1/2 stars out of five. Its an enjoyable read in the end, but nothing exceptional.

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