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Avalon High

Author: Meg Cabot
Originally Published: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Source: Purchased

Avalon HighAvalon High is yet another one of Meg Cabot’s books. (Man, that woman spits out books so fast that can never remember what her newest release is.) Ellie, our main character, has two parents who are Professors and are both obsessed with all things related to Arthurian legend – so much so that they even named their daughter after the Lady of Shalott. Her parents go on sabbatical for a year, moving the family to DC, and transfering Ellie to Avalon High. It should come as no surprise that the Arthurian legend seems to be coming to life.

I’ve grown extremely wary towards books having anything to do with King Arthur and his court. I’m one of those people who think Lancelot is a total ninny, and am rather appalled by the fact that people think the relationship between Lance and Gwen is romantic. I love Arthur, and I hate that people don’t seem to care the Gwen is his wife and Lancelot is his best friend. As many people, books, movies and such seem to be all for Lance and Gwen these days, I tend to steer clear. Which is what I had every intention of doing with this book here, until I read a review that said “Lance was kind of a doof.” Those few words in themselves were enough to make me go out and get this book.

This book reminded me why I had loved Cabot so much a few years ago, and rather makes me wonder why I got out of reading everything that she would publish. It was sweet – very sweet – and witty, cute… did I mention sweet? There’s something about how she puts JUST the right amount of romance in her books. This is going to be one of those books that I pull out just to read certain passages over again.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 4:01 pm March 6, 2006.
Category: Young Adult
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  • http://www.faustisbookquest.b-logging.com jmfausti

    Leila over at Bookshelves of Doom loved this one too. I’m a big fan of the Arthurian legend. I’m with you about Lance and Gwen. Arthur was way too good for the both of them.

  • http://bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com/ Leila

    Yep. It should be a bumper sticker: Lance is Lame.

  • http://hyouden.net Krystal

    Ah, I agree! It sickens me when people say that it’s “romantic”. It’s a freakin’ affiar, people, get it right! No wonder why the world is doomed.

    Anyway, I think I’m going to pick this one up! ^.^v

  • http://myspace.com/kbeautychick Ariana

    I have already read the book and i have to say that i loved it. she is such a great author. I am also one of those preson that really looks for the books she has published. she is one of the very few authors that really gets me reading non stop. it’s like i am addicting to her writting. Avalon high was really good with such nice twist at the end that no one was expecting it to be.

  • Josie

    I LOVE this book. It’s such a great mix of normal teen life and adventure. Had anyone heard about a second book? I heard a rumour that ther was going to be one, but I don’t know if it’s true. It would really be great if there was one, but I don’t really know what it would be about. I guess it could really be anything now that Will has changed his destiny and didn’t die like King Arthur. I guess he’ll probably start being trained as a leader of some type.

  • http://books.moonsoar.com Courtney

    Well, I heard there was going to be a Graphic Novel of the story, but I haven’t heard anything about a sequel… Meg Cabot’s website or blog would probably be the best place to look for that information.

  • Josie

    I looked on BAMM for Avalon High 2 and I think I found something. There was another Avalon series by Meg Cabot, but there was also another Avalon High. I’m not sure if it’s the sequel or not though. It said something about coming out in July, but I also heard about it coming out in Septmeber.

  • Kate

    Meg Cabot is one of my fav authors an I’ve read so many of her books. I haven’t read this one yet though. Does anyone know how it compares to her other novels? Is it worth the read?