Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Tale of Two Reviews! "Forsaken" and "Fablehaven"

Happy Sunday, dolls!

Might I start off by saying "Oops" *girly giggle*. I botched up. I accidentally set the FORSAKEN review to post NEXT Friday. That would explain why this morning I reviewed the blog and saw no Forsaken review.

I'm fixing that now.

We're going to have TWO reviews today. The first is going to be over "Forsaken" and the second will cover the first book in "Fablehaven" as I promised yesterday.

I will have a stacking the shelves post today but you probably won't see that until later. Holy cow I have so many books. We're going to split it all up to keep me from featuring a 3 hour youtube video.

Anyway let's go go go with today's reviews!

*Kristen Day*

Title: Forsaken A Daughters Of The Sea Novel
Author: Kristen Day
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 268

Official Blurb:
Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating
  I have to give this book a 3.5.  I couldn't bring myself to round it up to a full 4, but a 3 just didn't seem appropriate either. 

First of all, I will start off by saying that this is definitely a good teen read. I was really pleased with a lot of aspects of it, even if Ms. Day's writing style isn't my favorite. The majority of her characters are well created and she features so many different personalities that I'm able to get the vibe of a believable group of people. However, there are a few character personality traits I took issue with. The main character "Anastasia", kept reminding me of "Bella" from twilight. For some reason I kept getting Kristen Stewarts image stuck in my brain, which was not a good thing. I finally managed to weed that out about the 10th chapter (thank you book divinities) and Stasia gained her own looks and appeal. 

Some of the background story was pretty standard, and I have to honestly say I'm a little tired of all of the boarding school for unruly or troubled teens is actually a boarding school for special or otherwise blessed individuals of the 'legally minors' variety plot line. I understand that school is huge focus in teen books, because the crowd it's focused towards are all in school themselves. They relate better to a school environment. I guess in the end there really aren't that many options. Boarding school, public school, private school or homeschool.

The main love interest is 'Flinn'. Another of those "deeply disturbed" and "darkly handsome" types who the main character believes she can love. WHAT IS IT about those dark and mysterious guys, ladies? Especially the ones that act like JERKS. What is it about those types that make our little minds start whirring and saying "He'll be different for me. He likes me. I'm sure he's very sweet under all that bastard." 

Even though I've seen enough to know that this is 98% never the case, the idea is so very appealing to us as humans. We want to have something special that no one else has, you know? Something that would make even the most damned of any angel fall head over heels for us with genuine love. 

While I sit here with my skeptic cap on, here in reality, my stubborn romantic side is slapping me upside my fool head saying "Shut up! I like it when anything is possible."

This book reads like an epic romance novel for teens, without a lot of R rated scenes. Some good steamy ones though. I'd say the romance in this book was mildly spicy without being over the top for the crowd it's directed towards.

Okay. I left this part out until the end for a reason because it's one of the reasons I had to pull the book to a 3.5. 


Wait for it...


You betcha babes! We're talking Nereids, Nereus' 50 daughters (all of whom Heracles slept with in something like 7 days just for your information.) The most famous of which is Thetis, the mother of Achilles. 

If you're a mythology fan you'll actually be surprised by Ms. Day's myth-twists so I do suggest you pick it up and give it a look through if your favorite genre is modern-myth. 

Alright guys and dolls, you've heard my opinion and now it's time to go out and support this wonderful, self-published, author. I do recommend this book, mostly to older teens and adults who enjoy solid teen-fiction. 

Buy Link: Nook
Buy Link: Kindle


Now for the other promised review: 

*Brandon Mull*
Title: Fablehaven
Brandon Mull
  July 1, 2006

 For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as 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 relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating

I LOVED this book! It had taken me quite a while to finally pick it up after passing it by in the Kids Fiction section so many times. Originally, though it was beautiful, I was not attracted by the cover. It must have been just a mood I was in because eventually I came around and found the cover art to be quite compelling. "What is that creature on the front anyway?" I asked myself.

Kendra and Seth are two siblings (their sibling rivalry is fantastic in this book) who get shipped off to their grandparents for part of the summer. Darkly enough, their other set of grandparents died in a car accident. Mull even has the children think about the funeral in the first few pages. This is the first clue that this isn't some bubbly, sparkling fairy-filled, girly book (though I do sometimes like those). There is a darker sense of something here. Mr. Mull is alluding to some particular subjects he's going to grapple with, and he does a great job. 

The entire book is entertaining. From start to finish I was enthralled by his imagery, his ability to create a world right on the brink of ours, blending seamlessly. There was good humor and some very disturbing moments. Seth was just enough of a bratty, stubborn, little boy to make the reader feel Kendra's rage at him as a sister. At the same time, Kendra was so cautious and overbearing at times that the reader couldn't help but sympathise with Seth. 

This book is great for both genders because both Kendra and Seth are featured equally. And Kendra's adventures are just as harrowing as her little brother's. 

This book has pretty much everything. A fairy-tale cottage, fairies, imps, trolls, gollums, wood witches, DEMONS, and giant milk cows. 

There are great moral lessons sewn throughout and it's a great book to discuss with younger readers. Kendra and Seth's mistakes and triumphs are a great way to discuss courage, patience, and following the rules with children. 

This book is Juvenile fiction but for adult readers it can be a little more on the creepy side because our perspectives are different from the children and things like old witches gnawing at ropes until they're slimy with blood from their gums seems kind of icky to children but downright terrifying to adults to maintain a more gruesome imagination (not our fault). 

If you couldn't tell from my 5 rating let me tell you in no mistakable wording that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. 

Amazon: $9.99
Kindle: $6.39

Well my lovinglings. That's all for today's reviews. Check back later for a "Stacking the Shelves" (a short one). 

Until Next Blog, 

Read On!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for doing a review on Fablehaven, I have been debating if it would make a decent read or not. Your reviews are wonderful by the way!