The Titans of Ardana

"Hold nothing back. Give everything." That's the catchphrase of Martin Calder, a teenager obsessed with the hit television show, The Metas. On a mission to get an autograph from the star of the show, Dana—no last name given—he comes face to face with reality. Dana and her twin brother, Van, the co-star of the show, aren’t exactly from around our planet--or our galaxy.

Soon, Martin is hanging with the twins--who have major sugar fixes--dodging the FBI as well as interstellar assassins, and falling in love with Dana. He can handle the falling-in-love part. He just has to survive first. 

Genre

Young Adult, Fantasy, Action, Science Fiction

Critic Evaluation

Cover Design Score: 6

A pretty girl with purple eyes and bricks of chocolate.  Initially it was difficult to determine the bricks were chocolate.  The image did convey some  fantasy and playfulness.  but overall  was not very inviting.  Maybe including a background landscape of Jehmahm. would create more alien intrigue.

Book Blurb Score: 9

This was very inviting and intriguing.  I relied on this more than the cover picture to open to chapter one and boy was I glad I did.

Formatting Score: 10

Loved the italics in the book.  They both created mpre emotionaly impact and when I reopened the book I could refresh the story in my mind and my emotions by reading the last italics.  I liked the length of the chapters.  Each one told a small story and were not too long.

Grammar & Spelling Score: 10

All the sentenances flowed and were instantly understandable.

Plot & Structure Score: 10

<p>The plot was well constructed, exciting and with good variety and unusual experiences.</p>

Character Development Score: 10

The author let me get to know Martin throughout the story by his actions, his emotions and his remeniscing.  I felt very connected to Martin and was living the book through him.  

Originality Score: 10

The first paragraph was exciting, funny and original in voice, rhythm and imagery.  I loved this book.  The author shows a unique and vibrant style.  As an adult reader I really enjoyed his imagery and use of language.  I how there are many more books to come from JS Frankel.  Putting myself in my young reader days, even though this is not my genre, I would have been looking for more from this author because of the rich use of language and imagery.

Pacing Score: 10

This story moves with ease throughout.  I was awed by the author's ability to keep the pace, the language, the story and the imagery going for over 200 pages.  Well Done!

Use of Language Score: 10

I loved the language.  The author clearly is proficient with it's use such that it is appropriately emotional and playful.

Overall Readability Score: 10

An easy read because it is a great use of language, metaphor and emotion for a fun, young reader plot.

This book received a critic's score of 95 out of 100 possible points.

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