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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Ambrosia by Madison Wheatley is a paranormal tale that will haunt you for life. Crystal is fat. She knows it and her last boyfriend took great delight in calling her a fat pig – until the day he died. A handsome stranger walks into Crystal’s life, extolling the virtues of a brand new gym called Mount Olympus. When he persuades her that it will change her life, she visits the gym for a free trial. She’s soon hooked into joining and signing a contract but she’s about to find out that, although it will change her life, it might be for the better. Never-ending free samples of a sports drink called Ambrosia leave Crystal begging for more, on a high that she can’t get down from. Mount Olympus could be the answer to her prayers or it could be the start of a nightmare and Crystal may have to make a choice – is she prepared to lose more than her excess pounds?
Ambrosia by Madison Wheatley is a fantastic tale – I knew there a reason I avoided going into gyms! This is going to have you on the edge of your seat but, I warn you now, this is not ideal for anyone under the age of 17/18 – there is strong language and the negative side of using fantasy drugs. It is a great story though, packed with action and suspense all the way through. Crystal is a well-developed character, a real person with real feelings, and you will root for her all the way through. The other characters weren’t quite so well developed but Crystal was the main focus here. As a first novel, this is excellent, a real page-turner and you might just find yourself reading it one sitting. There are quite a few sensitive issues covered in the book and some readers may find some of them distressing but they were all handled really well. Great start, and I look forward to reading more from this author.