Wednesday 16 February 2011

Priscilla The Great by Sybil Nelson

For Review: Sybil Nelson.  Published December 2010
From Goodreads:  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!

How much do I love this book? The story follows Priscilla, who unexpectedly discovers she is able to shoot fire from her fingertips.   Now,  if only she could control this power - and the other gifts she seems to be developing - because she's going to need them...

Priscilla is just completely ace! I adored her voice - she is so witty, snarky and fun I couldn’t help but like her (loved the Prissy fits!). Her friend Tai is the best sidekick – beyond intelligent but relatable too. And Kyle is so adorable and cute!  I really love his relationship with Priscilla.   Her family are great as well.   Her (Christina Aguilera loving) brother Josh is really sweet and I loved how their relationship develops,  her younger twin brothers are completely mad (and ewww I can live without the snot wars!) and her father is totally overprotective but in a good, fun way.  But I think I loved her mum the best!  She kind of reminded me of a grown up Max from the TV series Dark Angel!

The book is really well paced and exciting throughout.  I finished it really quickly and could easily have read another 200 pages!  I loved all the science and background information of the Selliwood Institute and why Priscilla can do what she can.  It's believable without being too complicated (for me at least).  I also really liked the strong sense of family portrayed in the book.  It was really nice seeing the family work together, especially once everything is out in the open.

Aimed at middle grade (tweens) this can easily be enjoyed by older readers.  I loved it and am (well) out of my teens. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest in the series when they are released, especially since this one ends with a cliffhanger!  A good one though!  Great fun and highly recommended!


You can order a signed copy of Priscilla the Great through the author's website (here) which can be sent internationally.  It's also available at (in paperback & Kindle) and (Kindle).

Priscilla has her own website here where you can read extracts from the books in the series, watch the trailer etc.

Also, check back tomorrow for a guest post from Priscilla herself where she gives us the Top Ten reasons why she should marry Percy Jackson!

And on Friday Sybil Nelson will be stopping by to answer a few of my questions.


rachel said...

I read Priscilla The Great a little while back and LOVED it! When it ended on the cliffhanger (you will know what I am talking about) I was so shocked! Were you? I really can't wait for the next book to come out.

Rachel from Booktastic Reviews :)

Cliona said...

I've seen nothing but good reviews for this book. I wish I had a Kindle!!

I Want To Read That said...

Rachel - Yes! When I got to the ending I was 'Woah! What?' lol. Really looking forward to seeing how it all works out:)

Cliona - the paperback is avaliable through the author's website or if that helps:)

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

This looks great! And so cutely brilliant. May just have to add it to my ever-growing wanted pile...!
Brilliant review!

Monique said...


That's the great things about Amazon ebooks, you don't have to have a Kindle. You can download a free app for your PC or Mac or phone or whatever and buy and read kindle books that way. No Kindle required!

Unknown said...


To add to what Monique said, if you ever do get a Kindle, any books you buy are instantly available on the device. I know several people that haven't gotten one, yet.


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