Book Review: Avalon High

Avalon HighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Avalon High is a modern retelling of the Legend of King Arthur. Ellie is new in town and to Avalon High. Her parents are both college professors who specialize in medieval times and they’ve moved with Ellie to Annapolis because they are both on sabbatical for a year. While out running, Ellie meets Will, one of the most popular boys at school. He tells her that he feels like he’s known her in another lifetime. Ellie doesn’t think much of it until more strange things begin to happen. She slowly puts the pieces together and realizes that the Arthurian Legend is playing out in her school. If you aren’t familiar with the Legend of King Arthur, don’t worry. Cabot works in detailed explanations of the legend throughout the book.

I enjoyed this book. It was a cute high school romance with elements of suspense. Ellie was a realistic, likeable character. So was Will – I would have loved to have had him as my boyfriend in high school!

I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by Debra Wiseman. I thought she did a great job with both the male and female voices. However, one of the characters has a British accent and I didn’t think her British accent was very good so that was distracting.

I didn’t find out until after I’d finished this book that the rest of the books in this series are graphic novels. I’m disappointed because I love listening to Meg Cabot’s books in the car and I’m assuming that there aren’t audio versions of the graphic novels. On the other hand, I’ve never read a graphic novel before so reading them could be a new and exciting experience for me.

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