My Review of
The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends
By Denise Ersalahi Erguler.
I really enjoyed The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends. I loved the closeness of Jack and Lilly and how they protect each other. I also thought the new way in this book Lilly could shape shift was really captivating and gave this story a very important meaning.
The story itself follows Lilly and her mum as they welcome new neighbours and bake cakes for them. All seem well until Jack and Lilly were offered by Mr Gardener to take a boat ride with him. However, while on the water Lilly falls in and her life jacket slips off. The protector Jack too goes in after her. But will Lilly’s time under the water teach her more about herself than she knows? Read this book to find out.
I love the characters in this story as they are all captivating and magical in their own ways, especially when they transform into their animal selves. I also like that they try to save the plants and animals of nature and band together when needed. For Lilly and Jack, it’s not always easy as they live among none shifters and have to be careful who they can trust.
I think Denise did an amazing job with the message behind this book. Not only about friendship and looking after each other, but also looking after natures planet and wildlife so they won’t die or get sick. I thought this was very relevant for this day and age.
This book is perfect for YA readers and adults alike because it has great characters of all ages as well as lots of action throughout the storyline within an enchanting world, in which animals can talk and people can change into wolf, bears, birds and sea life.
I would recommend this book if you like stories with magical creatures and human bonds that will leave you with a warm glow in your heart. Don’t wait to get your copy of The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends…
Denise Ersalahi Erguler was born and raised in Hackney, London and moved to North Cyprus in 1994 with her family where she studied Interior Design at a local university for four years. She then pursued a career in this field in London working for various designer companies at the peak of the industry. In 2005 setup her own interior design company.
In 2007, Denise left her successful business in London behind and moved back to North Cyprus to help grow her family business, Mermaid Fabrics of London in Kyrenia. This decision was made upon the belief that she would be closer to home and family for support in bringing up her child in a safe environment.
Denise began writing in 2010. In her stories, she used real-life characters and stories evolving around her to build her fantasy world giving us the opportunity to share her dream world.
In December 2015 Denise was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, after a courageous battle for 13 months, sadly she passed away in January 2017. She leaves behind her husband, Olkan, and two children; a daughter Ayla (2009) and son Adil (2006).
She has two children’s books; The Adventures of Shifting Jack: A New Home; and this sequel, The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends which she penned during her illness flighting hard to complete it before her passing. She has also published an adult book: The Essence.