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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The story "Escape from the Forbidden Planet" unfolds when Caramel Cinnamon figures in an accident. Her mother Arianna, who is a healer, comes to her rescue and saves her life. This is just the start of this exciting adventure story that takes place in a fantasy land. One day, Caramel visits her friend Jemm and notices a strange creature in the field. Soon thereafter, her grandparents who are the king and queen of the elves of Cardamom are missing. Cardamon possess a natural resource that is coveted by the Alexanders who are inhabitants of other planets in the galaxy. What happens next brings Caramel in a situation where she has to overcome a number of obstacles. The faith of her family, friends and her elfin world now depends on her.
In her book "Escape from the Forbidden Planet" Julie Anne Grasso creates a delightful world that will not fail to entertain children and adult readers alike. The heroine, Caramel, is a girl possessed of a distinguished family and admirable character. Brave and loyal to her family and friends, she will do everything to protect them. This book has all the elements that an exciting fantasy story should have like elves, royalty, evil clones and an endearing heroine. It is also a science fiction where intergalactic travel, techie and science talk take place. The story is a battle between good and evil but what makes it unique is the various references to mouth watering food and dessert. After reading the book, I had a craving for a piece of caramel cake, peppered with cinnamon and covered with a rich chocolate icing. It is not difficult to relate to these elves who love their desserts a lot. Delicious dessert and an exciting adventure story is indeed a perfect match. A truly entertaining book, I find the mix of food and fantasy unique and delightful.