Review: A Season of Transformation by Jayne Fordham

Title: A Season of Transformation

Author: Jayne Fordham

Published: March 2011

Synopsis: A Season of Transformation is a young adult fantasy/ romance novel set in the contemporary world. It is the story of five young people drawn together to complete a Quest, to protect their town from destruction. In order to defeat the story’s villain, Maxvale, the five virtual strangers must come together and not only forge a bond of trust but become proficient with the ‘abilities’ temporarily bestowed upon them.  In the midst of the lead up to the battle each of the young people has their own personal struggles they are trying to deal with. Lucas, an adopted and bitter teenager struggles to become the person he wants to be whilst developing feelings for Makenna, a rich kid who doesn’t like his attitude. Bonnie is a ‘gothic’ that is dealing with an alcoholic father, Ben the school nerd and Adam the class clown are trying to break free from their high school stereotypes. Can these five teens put their differences aside to defeat Maxvale and save their town?

Status: Read from June 13 to 16, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

A Season of Transformation is a debut paranormal young adult title for Australian author, Jayne Fordham. Five teenagers are inexplicably drawn together and discover a box, hidden a century before. It is revealed that a murderous spirit once terrorised their small country town and the high school students have inherited powers designed to vanquish him. Makenna, Lucas, Ben, Adam and Bonnie must learn to work together and master their abilities before his resurrection on the last day of autumn.
Makenna, takes a leadership role among the five teens who barely know each other. The diverse group reminds me a little of the movie “The Breakfast Club” (an eighties classic) where high schoolers from different social sets find themselves in a situation that requires them to associate with one another. Makenna is a fairly typical seventeen year old with some of life’s advantages, Lucas is the wild boy – abandoned by his drug addicted parents and raised in foster care, Ben is the nerd, Bonnie is described as a shy goth chick and Adam is considered a class clown. The abilities each develop vaguely relate to their personalities though Fordham tries to show how the characters are more than the stereotypes they portray.
Much of the story is told in the first person by Makenna though Fordham switches to a third person viewpoint briefly to more fully develop the other characters. I felt the author captured the youthful voice of her protagonists well, including some subtle use of slang that ground the story in contemporary Australia. However the writing didn’t quite have the polish of a professionally edited piece with some structural and style issues. While the narrative is realistic, I thought it lacked nuance. I would have liked a bit more room to make assumptions and ‘see’ the story unfold rather than be told what to expect.
A Season of Transformation is very much a character driven story, focusing on the personal issues of the teens and their developing relationships with each other in the lead up to the confrontation. Fordham demonstrates an solid understanding of her characters and their motivations and this aspect is a clearly the strength of the novel. Personally, I would have preferred more balance between character and plot, as the potential was there to include more action or adventure throughout. The final battle scene wasn’t quite the climatic moment I had hoped for, however Fordham brought the story to a neat conclusion.
Perhaps best suited to a teenage audience, who are likely to relate well to the protagonists and the straightforward plot, A Season of Transformation is a pleasant and quick read that I enjoyed.

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About the Author

Jayne Fordham is a psychologist, freelance writer and debut author of A Season of Transformation. She resides in South-West Sydney with her boyfriend and loveable cocker spaniel, Buddy.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 01:33:42

    Thanks for the review. I don’t think the cover really depicts the story.



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  3. Shy
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:57:28

    Sounds fascinating! I like that this book merge a few characters with different backgrounds and personalities. I think that alone surely make this book interesting =)



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