Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, is a novel about two children who visit their grandparents at their estate named Fablehaven. As the children learn part way into their stay, Fablehaven is a sanctuary/prison for all sorts of magical creatures, some benign and some malevolent.
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, has received much praise as a children’s book and has made it on to reading lists of many elementary schools. I have read many reviews about the book from people of all ages who thoroughly enjoyed it. I have also talked to people that have likewise read and enjoyed it.
Because of its acclaim, it has now been made into a major motion picture staring Brendan Fraser.
This is one funny book. Learn Me Good, by John Pearson, is not your average three-act novel that most of us have come to expect from fiction. In fact, it isn’t all ficticious, but rather a chronology of events in written form, much like the Diary of Anne Frank, but with fewer nazis. The book is comprised entirely of email messages with no chapter breaks. And who needs ’em? The only fiction in the book are the names of the people involved. And maybe some of the stories have been embellished. A little.
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Mistborn is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy, and the second book by author Brandon Sanderson. In Mistborn, Sanderson introduces us to a whole new set of magical rules than the ones from his debut novel Elantris.
In a nutshell, the plot of Mistborn is simple. A street urchin with magical powers (known in the Mistborn trilogy as allomancy) is befriended by the resistance in hopes of her helping to overthrow a ruthless and immortal dictator who has governed and enslaved the peoples of the world for a thousand years, and, unless something is done, is likely to continue for many millennia more.
I have to admit that when I first figured out the plot Brandon Sanderson’s debut novel, Elantris, I was quite intrigued. Despite his being a novice, Sanderson does a masterful job in setting up a totally new land and a new magic system in very little time. Most interesting of all, however, is when you are introduced to the protagonist — a prince turned zombie.