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Review: Fablehaven

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

For centuries mystical creatures were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction.  The sanctuary is one of the last strongholds of true magic.  Enchanting? Absolutely.  Exciting? You bet.  Safe?  Well, actually, quite the opposite…

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.  Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies.  However, when the rules get broken, powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother must face the greatest challenge of their lives to save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world.

I bought this book at one of our local bookstore a few weeks ago.  One of my many goals this year is to spend more time reading with the kids and I thought this was the perfect choice to start.  It didn’t hurt that both of them were excited about the book.  More often than not, one of them will like a book and the other will hate it which makes group reading difficult.

I read a chapter a night, even though they begged for more.  Ok, I confess, a couple nights I couldn’t put it down and had to read another chapter – suspense can be difficult to ignore!  As I typed up this review, I realized that one of my favorite  authors has the quote on the back.  “Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grown-ups as for children…” — Orson Scott Card.  He’s absolutely correct!

I loved the story line and the characters, although I will say Seth bugged me throughout the book.  Every time his grandfather told him not to go somewhere or look at something he turned around 5 minutes later and did what he was not supposed to do.  The first time was fine, but by the fifth or sixth, it got frustrating.  I found myself saying to the kids quite a few times “see what happens when you don’t listen!?”  LOL.

All in all it was a very good read and I’m looking forward to starting #2, Rise of the Evening Star tonight.

Rating: 8 – Great!

Next up: Fablehaven Rise of the Evening Star

The most dangerous evil has infinite subtlety and patience.  Beware: It is Rising.

At the end of the school year Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures.  Grandpa Sorenson invites three specialists – a potion master, a collector of magical relics, and a trapper of mythical creatures – to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to steal a hidden artifact of great power.  Time is running out.  If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world.

Review: the Iron King

How did I get this book: Purchased

This is a book I bought with my lovely birthday amazon gift certificates (my family knows me well!)  I started reading it a few nights ago, and have had a hard time putting it down.  I would read each night until the letters started blurring, and I would still want to read just one more page. I enjoyed the way the author brought in characters from faery tales like Puck and Oberon & Titania.  I’m fairly sure I’ve seen the Ash character before too?

From Amazon:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

The second book in the series, The Iron Daughter, will be available on August 1, 2010, and I’m having a really hard time waiting for it …. I mean that’s almost 2 months away!!  To satisfy cravings, and as a very cool gesture, the author has written a novella called Winter’s Passage, that takes place between the first two books.  It’s available for free via the series website until July 31st.  You can download it here for free, or for $2.39 from Amazon.

I frequently add new books to my To-Be-Read lists from reviews posted by Ana & Thea at The Book Smugglers.  They also reviewed The Iron King, and gave it a lower rating than I did, and it seems like the comments are either loved it or had a hard time finishing it.  One comment made me realize why I like this book so much.  It really does remind me of Labyrinth and The Neverending Story, which were two of my favorite movies growing up.  I guess I just like that “rescue the child, save the world” storyline.