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An exciting story about twins with a special ability that must be kept secret. It was reminiscent of some of the Disney sitcoms I used to watch, or the Australian show H2O: Just Add Water.
Great buddy read with Joanne.A fun, light and entertaining read with a great concept, a good plot and unique characters. Take one sentient planet, two wonderful children who can morph into seals, a sacred turtle with a very big and strong but gentle guardian and throw in a pair of furry wild cats to serve as nannies and protectors along with a lot of very chatty playful seals and you got yourself a real treat. The interactions between the animals and humans were absolutely charming. I loved thos...
Okay, this sentient planet thing...it took me awhile to place it. It has roots in Greek mythology! So once I figured out where I'd heard it before, I was able to enjoy the book. Once again McCaffrey is a master of characterization. I loved Sky, the otter! Ha! I could picture all of his actions, and it was just like all the otters I've ever seen in my life. If you want a book just to enjoy, this is a great choice.
Changelings is the result of a collaboration: Anne McCaffrey (of The Dragonriders of Pern fame) and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (The Healer's War). Although both are fine writers, I found this book less than the talents of either, rather than even just the sum of their abilities. The story takes place on a sentient planet, Petaybee, as seen through the eyes of the Shongilis, one of the many immigrant families that combine Inuit and Irish heritage. The children of Sean and Yana Shongili are twins,
A wonderful buddy read with Laura! This book is great for both young adults and adults. I loved it for its light reading qualities. Nothing extremely scary. Those parts that were scary did not last long. I love animals and always imagine what they would say if they could talk. The authors do a great job of translating animal speak to make it very believable. I like the idea of a sentient planet. There were parts with real suspense as well as parts with incomparable beauty. The descriptions of th...
This is labeled and marketed as an adult novel but it's really a middle-grade novel. I might have liked this if I was 10-12. It felt like a kid interested in the science fair wrote this not adults. You could skim this book and not miss anything. Repetitive, no action, telling not showing writing style, no emotional investment, dialogue reads like a 4-6-year-olds where they are all about them and have little understanding of what's going on around them but they are put in charge. Oversimplified y...
It's always good to visit a place you enjoyed for the second time. You anticipate more of the same and hope you won't be disappointed.After reading the Petaybee series, I was thrilled to learn that there was also a Twins Of Petaybee series, and having read the first installment, I was not disappointed. The sentient planet now has two more unique residents, Ronan and Murel Shongili, the selkie twins. They and their father Sean can transform into seals when in water, and they use their gifts to ex...
Anne McCaffrey is another author I struggle to put down once started, so this has been a reading Sunday to round off my holiday.This is a new Petaybee book about the Selkie twin children of Yana Maddock and selkie Sean Shongli and how they link with otters and other parts of the sentient planet. I loved Sky the otter.
So, take a set of twins - Ronan Born for Water Shongili, and Mural Monster Slayer Shongili - that can shape change into seals, just like their father, then a sentient planet that is slowly trying to give birth to an island, an Otter that thinks it's cool to be friends with the twins, and a scientist that discovers them, and kidnaps the Otter's family, in the hopes of luring said twins so she can study them! What you end up with, are parents that realise that their, now eight year old, twins have...
Not terrible. A little simple; I thought there would be more detail about the sentient planet. And the cover was a bit deceiving. I thought the two humans on the cover were the twins; if that was the case, they're much, much younger in the book than portrayed on the cover. I suspect perhaps those were supposed to be their parents instead? I know "never judge a book by its cover" but first impressions are important and I certainly was expecting a pair of adult twins.There was also a few typos inv...
I'm not sure if I liked the start of this second trilogy as much as I did the first. Mainly because if found the twins just downright annoying, especially to start with. At no point did they actually come across as the age they were supposed to be and acted more like stroppy teenagers.The start of the novel, with the twins being introduced to Petaybee and them growing up, was interesting, but felt like one long prologue. The middle section, with them living on the space station, was just a bit t...
Anne McCaffrey is an author I always enjoy reading. I really loved the way this series started although I felt it lost a bit of its appeal as the books went on.I do find it to be a very fascinating world with great characters but I am not sure I love the formula of the story telling. But I still quite like it.
It is one of those stories, written for children, in which the main protagonists are irritating, adults are irrational just so that the kids can have their moment under the spotlight and be the heroes.The main antagonist is weak and poorly written. The moral of the story is reused, the "new themes" unexplored and thus uninteresting.
Tale follows how naive pair grow up, gain friends, lose innocence. Not my cuppa. Maybe better for greenies, idealists, kids? I dislike feeling lectured to. Living planet Petaybee responds to treatment, good and bad, talks to those born on her. Girl Murel and boy Ronan have hair in red-brown curls and black straight (p 130), not silver straight and white waves as on the book cover. Like dad, they change into seals when immersed in water, pursued for experiments by bad scientist. Their pal Keola w...
I enjoyed the first series, but this series about the wonder twins just didn't do anything for me. I made it through the series, it was interesting enough - but I am a completist, even when it hurts a little.
Very imaginativeTwins are born with special powers like their Da (Dad) and the ability to mind talk to some sea and river denizens. Their great adventure helps a planet five birth too an island.
I really enjoyed this book in the beginning. The characters and world it's set on are quite intriguing. It just seemed to lose momentum the last half and the ending was a bit anticlimactic to me but I can see how it's to set it up for more books in the series.
This is a fast-action adventure of twin Silkies birth and adventures. It is almost too fast and filled with action to be realistic, and unlike many of the authors, other books don't have the depth or philosophy displayed in her other books. It is still an excellent escape science fiction book.
I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this series earlier since I enjoyed reading Anne McCaffrey books including those she wrote with Elizabeth Scarborough for many years.In this one the main characters are living on a terraformed planet that is cold most of the year. This story emphasizes one family. The father can change into a Selkie, a seal, as can his twin children, a boy and girl. The twins can also communicate with other animals telepathically when they are in seal form.Unscrupulous scientist...
Talking turtles, otters, & Selkirs, oh my!A good book for a young Redon or anyone who loves communicating animals and Sci-fi. Sentient plants and an otter eho is exactly like what an otter would be like if an otter could talk. A fun sequel from a favorite author.
I really enjoyed these characters and the sentient planet of Petaybee. I will definitely read the entire trio of stories.
Appears to me to be a crossover of sci/fi and fanasty---I totally enjoyed it.
The idea of the planet giving birth and of the people having to coax her through it was interesting. I like otters. I enjoyed the story. *thumbs up*
I'm a fanLoved the book but would like a little more from the male viewpoint. Can't wait to see what Ke'ole gets up to.
Slightly more YA formula driven than I expected-- still a good series, but not as good as dragonriders
I have not read a booking in this series for many years, but remember enjoying the previous books. This is no exception-makes me wish our planet could participate in its own upkeep.
Fascinating I have long speculated that our Earth was a sentient organism. This book takes that idea to a whole new level! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
shape-shifting twins Ronan and Murel
Too obvious it was co authored.
Love this audio book!