Daisy, Bold & Beautiful

August 28, 2018

D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.

Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel of middle-schooler Ellie Collins, daughter of award-winning author Stephanie Collins. Boys and girls alike will appreciate Ellie’s keen eye for the challenges of growing up that she and her friends must face. Discover the wonderful writing of Ellie now, then follow her to learn about her writing and more books to come.

REVIEW

A wonderful story written by an exceptional storyteller!

on August 17, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)

More often than not we relate ourselves with the characters of a good story. In such circumstances, reading fiction can help us to get inspiration from the characters. These novels often portray real life implications through anecdotes, and as such makes it easier for us to understand the complex aspects of life. Moreover, reading these novels at regular intervals can actually help the reader to develop a positive outlook towards life, which eventually proves beneficial for good character development.

Daisy, Bold & Beautiful by Ellie Collins is a well-crafted contemporary coming of age novel. The story had every element a good story should have. A solid and captivating plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.

The book description itself gives a sneak preview: ‘D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.’

Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s always a pleasure reading a debut novelist. But what makes this even more exceptional, is that it was written by a young author who was turning eleven and just beginning sixth grade!

Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. It’s a unique and whimsical fiction interwoven with true-life teenage drama. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of witty and fanciful moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly enchanting and fascinating journey!

It’s one of those books that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Ellie Collins in the future. Not because it’s my particular type of genre, but because young talent should always be encouraged. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book. It also has a distinctly cinematic feel to it and I could easily see it being adapted to the Silver Screen. Perhaps food for thought for Miss Collins? A well-deserved five stars from me.

 

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