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How many parents would believe their thirteen year old son who told them that two vampires and a hooded stranger had tried to abduct him? Strange thing is, young Ethan Fox is convinced his parents, George and Betsy do believe him. Could it have something to do with the mysterious poem he wrote in his sleep? Or maybe it has something to do with his past, the past he cannot ...more
Hardcover, First, 320 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Aauvi House Publishing Group
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b00k r3vi3ws
“Shnickyrooners and things like that…” A thirteen year old Ethan Fox is different from his friends. He loves to play outdoors unlike his friends who are always glued to their videogames. But the difference doesn’t end just there. Ethan also has no personal memory of himself before the age of eight! He writes mysterious poems in his sleep and Vampires try to kidnap him!!

He has a distinct feeling that his parents are trying to hide something from him but puts it out of his mind temporarily when th
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Arti
This book is really good, and I would really urge people to read it. The story is COMPLETELY original and the characters and places are described really well, so well that you think you're there with Ethan, Haley, Gruggins, and the rest of the characters. I can't wait till the second book, which is probably going to be a long time :(
Anyway, anyone who comes across the book should give it a try

:)
Kewwy
I actually loved reading this. It keeps you interested throughout the book.
It's different which is why I loved it. I will be re-reading it later.

I thought there'd be more action but it has less of it.
There was just so many things that they had to introduce themselves to.
For one thing Gruggins McGhee, my favorite character in the book.
He's small and lives in a box lol. Don't want to give too much away.

A taletaddler? What's a taletaddler? I have never heard that anywhere before.
I never had a talet
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Susan Ashcraft
Mar 27, 2012 Susan Ashcraft rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
The Chrysalis Chronicles - The Eyes of the Desert Sand Book 1

From the opening pages where we are first introduced to 13 year old Ethan Fox and his beloved parents, George and Betsy, through the winding pathways that guide us through the start of Ethan's story, to the closing lines where we must say a fond farewell (but not for long I hope) to all the characters we've met thus far, I had a wonderful time learning their story!

Chrysalis Chronicles - The Eyes of the Desert Sand is the start of Ethan
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Robyn Hawk
Young Ethan Fox, and his new friend Haley, follow a blue rabbit down a tunnel in the earth, and end up not in Wonderland, but in a wild series of complex adventures.

It’s a world inside a world with weird creatures, new friends and dangerous questions answered by a book of poetry that writes its own poems.

While it all turns out well, there are more than a few questions waiting to be answered in the next adventure of the Chrysalis Chronicles.
Jenny Franklin
Mar 30, 2012 Jenny Franklin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jenny by: Susan Ashcraft
Shelves: favorites
I really, really enjoyed The Chrysalis Chronicles - The Eyes of the Desert Sand Book 1 by Edwin Wolfe. I seriously couldn't put it down. The whole surrounding is described really well. It was really easy to imagine being right there with Ethan, Haley, Jordanna, Gruggins, and the rest of the characters. I am certainly excited for the next book. I would recommend this to anyone!
Gretchen
This is the author's debut book, and he is off to a great start. He has a whimsical story that can grow into a fun and adventurous series.
Aauvi House
A charming debut from an author who is sure to draw comparisons to none other than J.K. Rowling.
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Aug 02, 2012 Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, YA fans,
Shelves: ya
Originally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com

A fantastical world--that is the most apt description of Edwin Wolfe's Eyes of the Desert Sand. I truly admire the author's imagination and creativity. This book is definitely one of a kind.

Book One is largely a set up book. The stage and the players are laid out for upcoming books, and I do appreciate world building. What really drew me in was how richly imaginative this fantasy world is, and I'm curious to learn more about the Caretake
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Laurie Bok
I think the story would make an intriguing movie or series of movies – it’s an engaging story with a blend of elements of fantasy, history, sci-fi, mythology and reality, along with an array of characters and settings that you can imagine visually as you are reading.

The book just gives you a taste of each character and their personalities. It seems to jump right into the action, but I guess that’s what you have to do in a Youth-oriented story. I would have liked to get a little more in-depth int
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Title: Chrysalis Chronicles, The Eyes of Desert Sand
Author: Edwin Wolfe
Release Date: January 11, 2012
Publisher: Aauvi House Publishing Group
Age Group: 13-18 years
Hardcover: 306 pages
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Book Synopsis: How many parents would believe their thirteen year old son who told them that two vampires and a hooded stranger had tried to abduct him? Strange thing is, young Ethan Fox is convinced his parents, George and Betsy do believe him. Could it have something to do with the mysteriou
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Zarah
3.5
If I'm honest, I didn't particularly enjoy this book, but I've been sitting here trying to decide if what I disliked was really any fault of the book or just that I'm not 10 years old and the intended audience. It is probably a little of both. Certainly there were things I disliked. Haley's character, especially, seemed only to exist in order to fill some cliche female role of adoring all things small and cute and nagging at the main character in an overly mother-like fashion. Both children,
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Mirrani
If you somehow cross Alice in Wonderland with Stargate you get some of the wonderful ideas within the pages of The Eyes of the Desert Sand. The concept of traveling from one location to another through doors, using them to pass through time and space was familiar, yet it was also made new by the situation and location of the main building called the Residence where much of the book takes place. The amount of time that the author took to create the people and culture behind this book amazed me as ...more
Katy
Jun 07, 2012 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young readers, and old, who enjoy fantasy adventure
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy Reading Level: Middle Grade

Disclosure: I received a free ebook eGalley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: How many parents would believe their thirteen year old son who told them that two vampires and a hooded stranger had tried to abduct him? Strange thing is, young ETHAN FOX is convinced his parents, GEORGE and BETSY, do believe him. Could it have something to do with the mysterious poem he wrote in his sleep? Or maybe it has something to do wi
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Ashley
As posted on booknook - YA and Fantasy book reviews

The Eyes of the Desert Sand is an incredible fantasy story! It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.. but with technology and more “purpose” - there’s a war to be won and lives to save!

This story is about Ethan Fox. He lives a fairly normal life with his child-like parents, but things start getting weird when two vampires try to abduct him. Rescued at the last minute, he tells his parents, who don’t believe him. But Ethan gets the strange sense tha
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Daniela
Ethan Fox isn't like every other thirteen-year-old. He's far from normal. Why? Well for starters, he can't seem to remember anything that happened to him before he was 8. It's like all those memories have been erased. Want another reason? Vampires tried to kidnap him. Not enough? Well, maybe it's because of the blue bunny with yellow polka-dots that was waving at him at the beach while he and his parents were vacationing. Or it could be that strange poem he wrote in his sleep. It's a tie breaker ...more
Dexter
Uuuugh how I wish this book had good writing, because I -love- the world and I -love- Edwin Wolfe's imagination... but boy does his writing suck.

It reminds me of my own writing style when I was eight years old, except my punctuation was a heck of a lot better. Or at least, I understood that I -didn't- know how to properly use a semicolon, so I never tried. Geez.

The writing is incredibly, -incredibly- juvenile and makes me cringe. Commas missing, commas where periods should be, semicolons all ove
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Chrysalis Chronicles Book 1: The Eyes of the Desert Sand

By Edwin Wolfe

320 Pages – Ages 12+

Published by Fox Hunt Publishing Group on March 24, 2012

Ethan Fox lived in the city but really wanted to be somewhere outdoors with big open spaces. His family took a vacation to the beach and Ethan went for a walk where he met a young girl, Haley. Haley had amnesia and couldn’t remember anything. While Ethan was talking to Haley, he saw a blue bunny with yellow polka-dots named Jasper. Ethan followed the
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Luana Sirbu Blogger
Dec 05, 2014 Luana Sirbu Blogger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dulcejulia Rosssi
Shelves: favorites, own
Give the book a 5 out of 5, i can not find the proper words to explain how much i enjoyed reading this book every second of it.The cover of the book will make you wonder what it is actually about but the content is just mind blowing. Love how the author uses so many different fantasy characters for this book and just love this quotes : "Many of the story human world's greatest authors have gotten their material from the stories of taletaddlers-", "Could you possibly believe stories as inspiring ...more
Oriana
Overall, I rather liked the book. I managed to read it all on my lazy day due to the fact that I had to find out the answers to the mystery asap. I found the story quite amusing and lots of description built up vivid pictures (though it did require some imagination power).

Ok, so the characters. I have to admit that there were a lot of them and it took me a few pauses to recall which character was which. Also, some descriptions were very hard to picture due to the weirdness of it. I had to rerea
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Infinite
13-year old Ethan Fox has always had an odd life , he has no memory of his life since the age of eight; has a father who enjoys making quirky videogames, and was recently almost abducted by two vampires and a hooded stranger.

Ethan's life becomes immeasurably odder when he meets a strange when he meets a Haley, strange girl Ethan feels drawn to, at the beach near an amusement park and they both fall down a hole into a strange land. Once there Haley and Ethan are both are introduced to the Caretak
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Sally Hannoush
Edwin Wolfe has a wonderful imagination that has a created the first book in the Chrysalis Chronicles. The Eyes of the Desert Sand is full of many creatures, both we've heard of before and some made up! This story takes you to magical wells, odd riddles, and a cast of characters that are bound to make an impression. My two favorite ideas in the book is the book traveling and the paintings. I don't want to give anything away, but those two things held the most interest to me. Ethan is a 13 year o ...more
Rowena
I received this book as an advance copy through goodreads giveaway. At first I found the book hard to get into, mainly I think, because I do not usually read fantasy. I had to re-read paragraphs to visualize the magical environment Edwin was creating. As I read though, I was drawn into the story. There is a mystery about the main character of the story, Ethan, who does not remember anything before the age of 8. Ethan meets Haley and they enter into a land of unique and colorful characters. My fa ...more
Lindsey
I received this as an advanced readers copy through a goodreads giveaway and I'm so glad I did! In one word its magical. The interesting story and descriptive imagery draws you in and makes you feel like you are there. I would suggest this to anyone looking for an imaginative story with unique characters. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
Rita
Jun 18, 2012 Rita rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers + Children
Recommended to Rita by: Kewwy
The Eyes of the Desert Sand is such a wonderful read. I wish there were more books like this!
Wolfe has such an imagination, that sometimes I couldn't even conjure up images in my own head. I will have to re-read it whenever book 2 comes out. I can't even remember the names of everything in this book. You know why? Its cause it's freaking new, original. I loved it!
Katie
Received this book from the author through goodreads. Just got started...so far, so great!

Just finished the book. I liked the author's creativity! The author shows Harry Potter influence, but spins his story in a way that J.K. didn't. It works. I liked it!

Hang in there...the second half gets very engaging.

Will look for the next in the series.

Cheers!
Charlotte
After receiving this book through goodreads first reads, I was a little hesitant to read it. However, I finally picked up the book. It was a little slow to read at first, but when the action started, I was hooked! Each character played an integral part in the development of Ethan Fox and his story. I cannot wait until the second book comes out!
Merrick
I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. This was a great book with plenty of unique characters and themes. I liked how the author connected everything to create a great story. I am eager to read the next book when it comes out.
Therese
I received this very enjoyable book from First Reads Good Reads, and highly recommend it! Edwin Wolfe has created an imaginative world that it was a pleasure follow his characters around in. Looking forward to the sequels!
Renee
I won a copy of The Eyes of the Desert Sand, and it was a pretty good book. I am glad that it is a new series, and I look forward to reading some more.
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