Reader reviews for The Colleen Colgan Chronicles-Book1-Flowers from Cannibal...

It was one of those books you don't want to put down. I do like those kinds of books. The thirteen years old girls have a lot of bravery, a lot of courage in the adventures of a lifetime. I wouldn't know how to live like Erin and her people, that's got to be hard. This book tells us what might happen if we don't stop some of the stuff we are doing now. I would say people of all ages would thoroughly enjoy this story. I do hope to read the rest of the adventures of Colleen Colgan!
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I received this book for free from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, had great characters, and colorful landscape. I really loved the whole journey to the Cannibal world. I don't want to give away anything. I thought the overall reason for the main conflict was a bit hokey, but the book more than made up for it with the non stop action and the fascinating Korombai tribe. I look forward to reading more from this promising author!
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I had to put this book down a few times to think it over. It was an amazingly thought provoking story presented in a young adult format. I think anyone under the age of 14 will have a hard time grasping the entire meaning of what the author skillfully introduced the reader to. In my reviews I do not like to summarize the stories because I believe it means more to the reader to learn the story line for themselves, but I will tell you there are some mature topics covered in the book, not "relationship" topics, but topics based on morality, the environment, and true heroism. I give Richard Phelan two thumbs up for writing a though provoking story with wonderfully fun characters; Fred is spectacular!! The only thing I wish would have been more of a history of Colleen and her condition. The title include the phrase "Book I", so I do hope that we will meet Collen, Erin, Fred, and Albert either now or in the future!
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I found the different story lines compelling for a young reader or group of readers. The story touches on many topics that young people could use as topics to talk about as a group. I did think that one scene was too graphic but then it is more graphic to read a scene or watch it on TV,( Fred's leg issue). As this is book 1, will there be more back ground into the main charaters?
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Overall, the concept and plot line for this book were good. There was just a lot of little things that didn't make sense, like how one minute they're in a room with caged animals and the next they are walking outside. There were also at least five grammatical/spelling errors on every page. Some were easier than others to overlook.Flowers from Cannibals really needs a editorial makeover but afterward it would be a fantastic young adult book.
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This first book in the Colleen Colgan Chronicles gives us a first look at Colleen Colgan who has a special ability even though she is bullied at school for her gift. When Erin comes to visit her hometown Colleen learns that Erin is from the future and when she does find out about Erin’s home in the future she learns a bleak lesson about global warming. Erin also tells Colleen about a virus in her own time that is destroying her people and she was sent to Colleen’s time to find her to help her find a flower that can provide a cure for the virus. The two of them set off on their adventure finding obstacles along the way.
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I really have enjoyed reading this book. I have looked but I do not see a second book or continuation. I would love to read the next installment. I hope Richard Phelan will publish the next installment. If you like sci-fi, paranormal and etc this book is for you!!!!
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Flowers from Cannibals is the story of Colleen Colgan, a young teen who is set apart from her peers because she had a brain transplant from a chimp when she was younger. Colleen meets up with a girl who she feels is her opposite—the brave, spunky, mysterious Erin. Together with her new friend and her totally awesome ferret, Colleen goes on a time-traveling, aborigine-defying adventure. I had a difficult time rating this book. It was a great story, with a good message…and I’m interested to know how the story progresses in the next books. However, the edition I read was an advanced reading copy, and was riddled with grammatical errors which I think is unacceptable for a children’s/YA book. The story also became a little preachy about global warming, which might turn off some adults. (However, the preachy passage is short, and the story is totally worth the preach.) Therefore, I am interested in seeing what happens to Colleen in future books, but hope very much that I read an edited edition next time.
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Colleen is a 13-year-old zookeeper's daughter, of Irish heritage, with old eyes. Her mother died when she was young, and when she developed brain cancer, her father, Dr. Colgan, took the unprecedented step of having the damaged part of her brain replaced with a chimpanzee brain. The other kids at Livingston Academy tease and bully her mercilessly, calling her "Humanzee". Nick Larsen, the class bully, is particularly cruel, and Ms. Raycroft, their teacher, turns a blind eye. As a result, Colleen does all she can to avoid being noticed at school, dressing in drab clothing and trying to disappear into the scenery. Her only friend is Albert Kerwin Mathews, a child prodigy with a particular talent for robotics and electronics. He is almost as much an outcast as she is (being 11 years old and in the 8th grade will do that). Colleen also suffers from bewildering migraine-like headaches which seem to plague her at times of stress.The only time Colleen really feels at home is at the Indonesian National Zoo around the animals. As the book opens, Colleen is at the polar bear exhibit, looking at the animals, when she notices an unfamiliar red-haired girl at the zoo. Someone pushes Colleen into the polar bear enclosure, and she is somehow able to avoid being mauled in spite of the fact that someone has disabled the keypad lock that will let her out. Once she is rescued, the red-headed girls comes to her and tells her that she saw who pushed her in ... "those that seek the apocalypse". With this cryptic message, Colleen's father whisks her away before she can find out who "they" are.The next day at school, Nick is tormenting Colleen when the mysterious girl shows up in the hallway and gives Nick a taste of his own medicine. Suddenly Colleen has a friend, and when they are teamed up for a science project, Erin chooses the subject of global warming. Surprised by Erin's extensive knowledge of the subject, Colleen questions eventually lead to the revelation from Erin that she knows so much about it because she is from the future: the year 2463 to be exact, and she has seen the consequences of global warming going unchecked until too late. She also tells Colleen that she needs her help, and she and Colleen set out on a dangerous mission: to find the flower that can cure the mysterious illness that is threatening the lives of the few survivors that are left.This was an interesting read. I loved the creativity and imagination of the premise; I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. We have time travel, Monkey Pox, a cannibalistic tribe, a human trafficker, and a girl who has a mysterious connection to animals. There are good adventures, and the plot does end up pulling you in. I liked the story and the ending was really good, too.I must mention a few things: there are a few places where the writing is somewhat awkwardly phrased. I also noticed other issues that could have been corrected with a proper editor: misplaced capital letters and punctuation, words used incorrectly, i.e. effected vs. affected. As always, these always tend to yank me out of the story, and affected my immersion (and therefore, the overall rating). Thank goodness they were rather scattered, so I still ended up enjoying the story.This would make a great middle reader, or even a read-together for a slightly younger age.QUOTESStripes and bright colors stood out, so she had long since removed them from her closet. Dark, drab colors and solids were tough to identify in a crowded school hallway, so that made up her entire wardrobe."And tell them what? Lunatics think we are the devil so they are attempting to kill us? We'll be the one's locked up for being nuts." Writing: 3.5 out of 5 starsEditing: 2.5 out of 5 starsPlot: 4 out of 5 starsCharacters: 4 out of 5 starsReading Immersion: 3.5 out 5 starsBOOK RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this book.Great for teens and adults alike.The plot, the characters, & the storyline, all believable, fun & fastpaced.
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