Escape From The Forbidden Planet by Julie Grasso

5 Dec

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Escape From The Forbidden Planet (Book 1)

By Julie Grasso

172 pages – ages 9+

Published by Julie Anne Grasso on September 23, 2012

Kindle edition reviewed

Caramel, an elf, can’t wait to visit her friend, Jemm, who lives in the tree tops on their planet, Cardamom. As she is visiting her friend, Caramel spots a weird being in the fields down below that quickly vanishes. When Caramel gets back from her trip, she takes the Elvin Ability Tests to see what job she will get when she grows up. Caramel really wants to be a healer like her mother but she’s already shown signs that she can be a tree tender. Things are going pretty well for Caramel until the day her Grandparents, the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom were kidnapped by the strange being Caramel saw in the fields. The evil being took the King and Queen to its ship and sent Caramel and her parents to EARTH, the forbidden planet! Caramel must use all of her abilities to escape from the forbidden planet, rescue her grandparents and stop the aliens robbing Cardamom!

This was an exciting book! It wasn’t a very long book, but it really kept my interest. Ms. Grasso described the world of Cardamom really well. The plot was unique because it combined elves, aliens, technology and chocolate cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The cover art on the book was great too (illustrated by David Blackwell). Caramel was an awesome heroine that I think girls and boys will really like. She was true to what she believed in, loyal, brave and kind to her friends.ย  I am looking forward to the second book in the series! The book was a clean read so it would be great for young advanced readers.

Five out of five bookworms for Escape From The Forbidden Planet!


To learn more about Ms. Grasso and her book, please visit her website HERE.

!!!NEWS FLASH!!! Ms. Grasso is offering the kindle version her book for FREE to go along with my review ๐Ÿ™‚ Click HERE to get it!

49 Responses to “Escape From The Forbidden Planet by Julie Grasso”

  1. swlothian December 5, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Great review Eric.
    I’ve read this book too and thought it was a great story.
    Well done Julie.


    • Julie Anne Grasso December 5, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Thanks Steve, and congrats on Great Middle Grade reads reaching 500 members, Best wishes Julie


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank you Mr. Lothian! I am glad you liked my review. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Catherine Johnson December 5, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Sounds very fun, Erik. Congrats, Julie and thanks so much for the free e-book!


  3. lionelsnod December 5, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review Erik and thank you for the free book Ms. Grasso. Best of luck to you, I’m excited to read it. Oh, and the cover is fantastic!
    Paul R. Hewlett


  4. Angela Brown December 5, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    You had me at chocolate cake ๐Ÿ™‚ This was such a great review and the book sounds delicious – I mean – like a wonderful story to get a hold of ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Kirsten Larson December 5, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Erik, I am dying to know…How do you have time to read all these books? You post every day!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      The good news is – I read a lot every day
      The bad news is – my mom got upset with me this month because I did too many posts last week and this week (I accepted too many to review)
      The good news is – I told her I’d go back to my Monday Wednesday Friday schedule
      The bad news is – not until next week
      The good news is – she said OK ๐Ÿ™‚
      The other good news is – I read every day ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • Kirsten Larson December 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        The good news is, you read every day and you have involved parents. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm #



      • KidLitReviews December 7, 2012 at 11:50 am #

        Erik, You are lucky to have such a patient mother. What mother wants her child reading every day? (Just kidding “Mom.”) But you are a lucky kid to have the parents you have and I know you understand that. They have a great kid(s).

        The review was very good. It seems everyone wants a refview in December. Why is that? I am swamped too and will review as many days as I can.. Both of us need to learn to say “No.” when asked for all these reviews. You do a wonderful job handling all of this, especially (and you might be tired of hearing this), at your tender age.+


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:31 am #

        Thanks Ms. Morris! My parents are pretty great! I did get a lot of review request and I had to say no to a bunch but I should have said no to more. I am glad you like my reviews! I really like reading yours too! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Joanna December 5, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Congrats, Julie, and thanks for the free download. Erik, I so agree, that combination sounds quite unique! And, I have to agree with Kirsten, I am in awe of your daily reading/posting!


    • Michelle Isenhoff December 5, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Sweet! Thanks Erik and Julie! I grabbed a download for M-man.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Marple! I like to read A LOT! I am in the lead for advanced reader points in school! The all-time record for the year is 900 points and I had 500 before Thanksgiving! I am going to try to get 1500 points!!


  7. Patricia Tilton December 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Congratulations Julie. This book certainly appeals to me because of the concern for nature and healing. Great review Erik. Does this also come in book form. I nerver get to downloads.


    • Anonymous December 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Patricia thanks for stopping by. Yes it is avavailable in paperback on Amazon. Erik has included my web link which has a button to take you to the amazonp paperback if you are interested. Best Wishes Julie


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Tilton! I hope you like the book if you get it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Jemima Pett December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Technology and chocolate cake! I’m in! Thanks for the free download and good luck with the Kid Lit Blog Hop.


  9. Jess December 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of fun! And a perfect time to tell tales about an elf : ) ~ Jess


  10. Genevieve Petrillo December 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Chocolate cake??? That is the Forbidden Planet for me. Mom says chocolate is poison for dogs. I think she just says that so it’s more cake for her….

    Love and licks,


    • Julie Grasso December 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Lol lucky it’s all virtual cupcakes, enjoy


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Hee hee -I agree with you Cupcake! Watch out! I think your mom is stealing all the chocolate! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  11. Susanna Leonard Hill December 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Elves, aliens, technology and CHOCOLATE CAKE? I’m in! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Anonymous December 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Hi Susanna thanks for stopping by. Enjoy
      Cheers Julie


  12. ontheplumtree December 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Sounds like a really exciting story!


  13. Renee C. December 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    I refuse to read your review until we’ve finished reading it ourselves. lol We are about 1/3 of the way through and really enjoying it! I’ll come back and compare our notes – promise! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  14. Myra GB December 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    What a very positive review, Erik. Sounds like you really enjoyed it. You had me at chocolate cake. Yum.


  15. snacksformax December 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Great review, Erik! Chocolate cake would keep my interest too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Hope to see you around again soon.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:45 am #

      Thank you! Yes, the elves were very serious about their chocolate cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • snacksformax December 13, 2012 at 10:26 am #

        Haha I am too ๐Ÿ™‚



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