Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!
  
The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards
Genre: Children's Fantasy 
Release: January 17, 2012
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Publisher
ISBN-10: 0062010077
ISBN-13: 978-0062010070
Reviewer: Rex
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.

When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.

Quick Thoughts:
The Book of Wonders is an engaging Middle Grade tale by Jasmine Richards. I was pleasantly surprised as this reading level is sometimes hit or miss with me. But The Book of Wonders is a fun, extraordinary and smoothly written tale of magical beings and a young Zardi who loves the fantastical. Though the book is slow to start, after about 100 pages, it really picked up. And the slow start didn't bother me much because the world is so creative and well written.

The plot and characters are unique and vivid and the story is quite compelling. There are a few secondary characters that I'm praying make bigger appearances in the second installment. (Will definitely be reading it.) Though this is easy to put down, I had no problem picking it back up and diving right back into the story. The book is receiving three robots because though I love me some Middle-Grade Fantasy, this isn't everything I was hoping for. 

Awesome 2012 debut. I'll be holding out for the second installment and recommend this to Fantasy readers. Those that aren't huge fans of Middle-Grade, just borrow it. Those that are, definitely worth purchasing and reading!

1 comment :

  1. Hey - good to see this one worked for you. I'm also hit or miss with MG levels. Sometimes I just can't relate to children so young in an engaged way. I try to read these to my little girl and that is a way I can get into it better. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it.

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