First posted here. I requested this e-book from author owing to Read to Review programme from YA Book Reviewers group in exchange for my honest review. And it will be honest indeed.
I had hard times with this book. After page 30 I've almost DNFed it, because it didn't grab my interest too much. It took me 3 weeks to finally finish it. And I leafed-through most of the book, reading here and there to understand what's going on. At first I've blamed myself (not in mood and stuff), but then I understood what was the reason.
While The See-Through Leopard was written with great purpose of turning our eyes on fighting against poaching and wild animals' protection, which, by the way were the best parts of this book, well-done and straight to the point, all the YA content were out of place...
Our main character Jazz, ordinary teenage girl dealing with horrible consequences of car crash, that took a life of her mother and left Jazz with awful scars. She's struggling, because she missed her mom sooo much, all her friend turned their back on her and lots of jerks in school started calling her bad names because of scars, and all that is really sad. You're starting to root for Jazz from the first page and thinking of how terrible are those who judge people only by their appearance.
But then her father decides that it's time for some changes and he took her to Kenya (Jazz even have no choice, which I didn't understand at all. She has aunt! Why her aunt didn't want Jazz at her home? Ridiculous!). There, in Kenya, her dad will work as a vet, and she HAVE TO work as a maid... At first day some stupid rich girl insulted her and she ran away into the wild where she found a little newbourn leopard cub (aawww) and from this point this story really started to appeal to me, because reading all those sad parts made me deppressed.
But, also, here's where all the YA clichés sprang out... Of course, she'll fall in love with one a only freaking hot and super wise guy (he's like Make Yourself A Person+Be Strong self-improvement book), in perfectly fitting age (what a miracle!) and awesome in everything. She'll feel uncomfortable and worried around him but Asha the Leopard will help. Dang..I hoped that I'll avoid all those mooshy-gooshy parts, but no-no-no. Well, like a hopeless romantic I like romance in books, but sometimes there're too much of it.
There're some more clichés, but I can't tell you abount them without spoilers, so I'll stop here...
As a HUGE animal lover I really enjoyed everything connected to them in this book and now I want to work in wildlife reserve even more. We can change something, it begins with small things. Animals need our help, care and protection, especially the wild ones. And people shouldn't forget the they leave marks by everythings they do, whether it good or bad.
But as for YA parts, they felt underworked: the endings of most of the chapters were just abruptly terminated, like you're reading, reading - *WALL!*, also there were too many love-me-kiss-me stuff and I even caught myself rolling eyes.
Overall, I gave this book 7/10 stars (wish Goodreads can allow that). Animal lovers and those, who search quick read will enjoy it. But for me it was just O.K.
I'll finish (my review is already humonguos) with amazing quote from this book:
"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money."
P.S. At the end of the book you can find a lot of useful links, which will help you to know more about current situation in the world of animal protection.
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