Avalon by Vanessa Morgan



The author sent me an ARC (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.

With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon’s demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

By turns jubilant and deeply moving, Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.


Genre(s):  Memoir

Series:  n.a.

Length:  106 pages (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-06-04



As soon as we parked the car and got out, the Turkish Van cat stopped in its tracks and sized me up as if he recognized me. Then he came over to greet us.


My Opinion

This book is the engrossing memoir of a pretty intense human-feline bond. The story has a pleasant flow, it is an interesting and touching read.

With Avalon, Vanessa Morgan has created a remarkable memoir of her life with a unique feline character. She openly describes this special bond with all its ups and downs, demonstrating that the therapeutic effect can well be mutual. All of us considering our animals part of the family – i.e. not classifying them as ‘only an animal’ can certainly relate. I was hooked reading Avalon; I was observed showing wondrous joy, incredulously shaking my head, shedding tears of emotion. It is a read you do not easily forget – it offers food for thought. This is a book for you if you like memoirs, like and respect animals, are interested in psychology or just appreciate an exceptional story.

A touching memoir to read again.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
Characters Complex
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person


About the author

Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter, and blogger.

Two of her works, The Strangers Outside and A Good Man, have been turned into films. Her short film script Next to Her is currently in pre-production.

When she’s not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (http://travelling-cats.blogspot.com). Avalon has appeared in several of her books and films.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Avalon?  Or – if you did not yet read Avalon  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Avalon was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



4 thoughts on “Avalon by Vanessa Morgan

  1. Ooh, this sounds enticing. I love humor and also have enjoyed in the past, all the cat mystery books by Lillian Jackson Braun, with Qwilleran being the strange name of that detective. I am always looking for ‘lighter’ reading, Karen. Thanks for telling me it is a 5 out of 5, which is a very excellent review rating from you!

    • Avalon had an interesting personality, making Qwilleran’s cats more believable. You certainly remember Qwill’s whiskers theory… 🙂
      This memoir is a 5 out of 5 for me as all the aspects I need to consider – ‘fit the 5/5 profile’. As I carefully select what I read, you will rarely see bad evaluations. In these cases, I’d contact the author, sharing my issues and would refrain from publishing.

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