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18 March 2011

(Blog Tour) Book Review: PRISCILLA THE GREAT

AUTHOR: Sybil Nelson
IMPRINT: WorldMaker Media
PUBLICATION DATE: 15 December 2010

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!

PRISCILLA THE GREAT description and cover art courtesy of GOODREADS.

I received a finished copy of PRISCILLA THE GREAT as part of a blog tour arranged by TEEN BOOK SCENE.

PRISCILLA THE GREAT: Hilarious story of a young girl in middle school who's just found out her family's secret...superhero like powers.

The humor in PRISCILLA THE GREAT was what, in my opinion, made the book so good. Priscilla's character is funny, without being overdone, snarky, without being cynical, and just plain hilarious. She has some great "one-liners" in this book and I couldn't stop laughing as I was reading.

I also liked the family unit and dynamic in PRISCILLA THE GREAT. The book started off with Priscilla having a father as the main carer, while the mother was always out of town. This definitely caused some resentment with Priscilla, especially since she was the only female in her household. But, as the book progresses, it becomes apparent that their is another, darker reason why Priscilla's mother is absent, that ties into Priscilla discovering her special powers.

Author Sybil Nelson not only wrote a great family relationship, but she wrote a great relationship between Priscilla and her best friend, Tai. I loved the story of how Tai and Priscilla first meet and ultimately become friends.

PRISCILLA THE GREAT is a fast and fun read that will keep readers laughing. Though technically a middle grade novel, Priscilla and her fellow characters act a little older then expected for their age. Because of this, I feel PRISCILLA THE GREAT will not only appeal to middle grade readers, but to teens and readers of teen fiction alike.

"He busted through the door like a cop in one of those Lifetime movies where the hero has to save the teenage daughter of his ove interest from a coke-dealing pimp."


Interested in reading PRISCILLA THE GREAT? Perhaps you'd like your own SIGNED copy plus some great swag? Then enter Sybil Nelson's PRISCILLA THE GREAT Prize Pack contest! All you have to do is comment on this post (remember to include your email for notification purposes, if you are the winner). Contest open until midnight of April 8th.

Prize Pack includes:
Win a Priscilla the Great Prize Pack!
Prize Pack includes:
1 signed Priscilla the Great book,
1 Priscilla the Great t-shirt,
1 Priscilla the Great totebag,
and a $15 iTunes gift card!

For more information on Sybil Nelson and the PRISCILLA THE GREAT series, visit

Sybil Nelson WEBSITE


Vivien said...

Another great tour post! Loving it.

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Mary Ellen said...

Can't wait to read this one! Thank you for the chance to win!

GraceKrispy said...

Sounds like fun! I'll enter :)

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