By Sybil Nelson
Published by World Marker Media
Published on December 15th, 2010
Source- Teen Book Scene Blog Tour
5 stars- It's a great Middle Grade Read
Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family. Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.
Add an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle and expect a smoking page-turner! (quoted from Goodreads)
Priscilla the Great is a fabulously, fun, entertaining read. Priscilla herself is a snarky, engaging character, whom I really enjoyed getting to know.
Twelve year old Priscilla has grown up thinking her family was some what normal. With a mother who's often away on business, a dad who looks more like a WWE wrestler, a sixteen year hold heart throb bother and two five- year old trouble making twin bothers, she never would have thought her family is far from normal! With out giving away some of the plot, it's not until Priscilla's powers or secret abilities are known does she realize that she and her family are far from normal!
What I enjoyed the most about the book is the interaction between Priscilla and her family and friends. Each of them are great characters and add something unique to the story. I loved her description of her dad, as he's someone I wouldn't want to meet in a dark ally, but yet he has this fierce love and devotion as a family man. When you read about him, you'll understand what I mean. I adored her mom!! I was pleasantly surprised with Priscilla and Kyle's refreshing relationship. It was great watching them go from always competing against each other to something more. I think I was just as shocked by the change as Priscilla since they have grown up together.
Priscilla the Great is action packed, has some great plot twists, and is an engaging read. The best way for me to describe it is it's a sci-fi meets contemporary, with a little bit of coming of age and dashed with a little bit of romance. Sybil was written a fabulous 1st book in what I think will be a great middle grade series. I would highly recommend picking up this book. I think it's going to be appealing to both boy and girls, as it offers a little bit of everything.
You can read my review/blog tour which is posted here on Mundie Moms.