Family Pets by Pat Shand

Family Pets by Pat Shand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 154 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Silver Dragon Books
Source: egalley via Netgalley

A wonderful, funny, touching coming-of-age story. Thomasina has always been waiting for some kind of magic to happen to her ever since her parents died when she was five years old and now that she's sixteen it has finally happened. But not exactly how she expected. One morning she wakes up to find her snake has turned into a human and her entire family, except grandma, have turned into various pets. This is the beginning of an amazing, magical journey to the realm of magic and the in-between. Thomasina meets wizards, crushes on two very unique guys (neither exactly human), learns to stand up for herself and in a true coming of age story learns to finally say goodbye to the sad memories that she has held onto for so long. A very well-written and touching story. Pat Shand is my favourite author over at Zenescope and I was intrigued to see he'd written something for a Young Adult audience. I really had no idea what to expect with this since it is the very first thing I've read by Shand that is not full of violence and, not shall we say very risque. He's shown here with this outstanding work that he is a talented author whether writing for adults or youth. Bravo! I also must mention before concluding that the artwork is well done. It's compelling and I really enjoyed the look. The concentration on facial expressions and minimalistic backgrounds helps tell the emotional part of the story.