I really enjoyed the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and likewise this first book in the Beyonders saga does not disappoint. It is narrated really well and the story grips you from start to finish. The characters are well thought out and very well written.
The story starts out with Jason getting accidently drawn into another world through a hippo. When he gets there all he wants to do is find a way home. Along the way he discovers a secret that he needs to see to fruition if he wants to survive and get home. During his quest he meets an interesting plethora of characters that add both a touch of humor and intrigue to the story.
If YA fiction is your kind of thing, and you have enjoyed the Fablehaven series, then definitely give this a go. I am starting the second book and looking quite forward to it.
Though this is a work of fiction there are aspects of this book that have given me quite a bit to think about. Definitely one of Dan Brown's better works. Angels and Demons still holds the top spot for me but this is a close second. Fast paced from the first page to the last it was an enjoyable read.
I can't help but compare this to Angels and Demons, which is my all time favorite Dan Brown book!! This was a good story overall but it lacked the punch of Angels and Demons. It was not as exciting and the end though leaving me with a lot to think about was not nearly as riveting as his other books! Either way though it's not a bad read, but Dan Brown could have done so much better!!
The events in this book left me at the edge of my seat from start to finish. I was shocked, disgusted, horrified, thrilled, laughing and crying from the minute I started to the minute I got to the last word on the book! Took me a while to finish the book due to my busy schedule, but every chance I got I couldn't wait to read on either by listening to it or reading on my kindle! The introduction of the paranormal instances in this book added an element of mystery that made the story more interesting. The characters were always rich but in this book they got deeper and more complex. It has become harder to distinguish the right and the wrong as the story progresses but that is what makes this so much more thrilling and interesting. Cherry on the cake is the narration by Roy Dotrice! I look forward to reading the fourth book soon.
I am not like other people. I actually don't relish the typical happy endings. Life is not a happy ending! Shit happens, a lot of it, a lot of the time. Hence I gave up on the happily ever after a very very long time ago. Having said that the ending in this book was not a complete surprise. I was expecting it in part. I had a feeling from the time I read Divergent that some main character is going to get killed off. What surprised me a little bit was who it was. I liked it! I get why people are upset but I think it was a somewhat realistic outcome.
I liked the shifts on POV. A lot of YA books I have read are mostly from a girl's perspective. Reading this from the guy's perspective was a nice relief. It really gave a glimpse into what Tobias really thought. About his vulnerabilities and doubts.
Finally the story overall could have been shorter. I feel some things were unnecessarily drawn out. Themes that were over explained, and dragged out. Overall I liked the book. It is definitely not the best dystopian series I have read, hunger games takes that hands down, but its an entertaining read. Worth reading at least once.
This is a collective review of Divergent and Insurgent. I really enjoyed listening/reading to these books. They remind me of hunger games, with the exception of not being that intense. The story and plot is interesting and some of the twists (one in particular) I didn't expect. I like the fact that the love story though prominent doesn't take over the story, it helps the plot move forward without making you want to gag! I am not sure if I will ever re-read these again, however they are an entertaining read!
This was a typical good vs evil story with the protagonists fighting impossible odds to vanquish an evil. The twists and turns were well placed and kept the story interesting. I liked how it ended. I didn't expect a certain aspect of it, but the rest of it is quite predictable. So why the four stars? To be fair. I did find this predictable but that's because I have read/listened to many like it, but all these other books came after this. This book was written I believe in the 80's, hence considering when it was written it is a good and entertaining read! Give it a try first and judge for yourself.
For the longest time I had so many people recommend this series to me. I finally got around to it and honestly I was expecting to be disappointed. But, On the contrary I rather enjoyed it. There are definitely themes picked up from LOTR, characters and plot lines are similar, however it is still very entertaining. Once you stop comparing it to LOTR (which is an unmatched classic) you will see this for the enjoyable read that it is. Another way of looking it at is that Terry Brooks gave his take on LOTR, and like the saying goes "imitation is the highest form of flattery". Give this a try, don't sell it short you might just be surprised!
This was a fitting end to the story. All loose ends were adequately tied up and and story laid to rest in just the right way. The writing and narration were superb. Jeremy Bobb is an excellent narrator. He did a wonderful job throughout the series.
Like the first I really enjoyed this installment in the series. While writing the review of this one, I have started on the 3rd and final installment of the Beyonders series. Brandon Mull is a very adapt author. He knows how to cultivate his characters and adequately how to keep the reader interested in the story. This is probably one of the best YA fictions I have read.
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