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The Doorknob Society (The Doorknob Society #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  708 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
Chloe Masters’s world changed in a heartbeat - and all she did was touch a doorknob.

When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her father's magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father.
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published February 9th 2012
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Dec 11, 2012 Kaliis rated it liked it
Overall, pretty decent ( although I've gotta say, I am sick to death of wispy blond girls saving everyone all of the time. Where are the non-European heroines in recent YA? WHERE?)

However the loss of those last few stars is mainly because of a few points where the heroine, so intent on finding her father, forgets to follow his own instructions. And also because, come on, I can't have been the only one who guessed the ending after she mentions in the first 10 pages that her mother went missing,
May 06, 2015 Maria rated it liked it
This book was free on Kindle. So I bought it with no expectations. The premise is cool. Original type idea. But it was lacking in some areas.

My biggest complaint, which drove me crazy, were the typos. Tons and tons of horrible typos!! Like, "He rushed passed me..." and "I strolled passed..." Hello! If you're a writer or editor, you need to know the difference between "passed" and "past." Hell... if you 'passed' the 3rd grade, you should know it. This was multiple times. And so many uses of "your
Ashley Stoyanoff
Jun 27, 2012 Ashley Stoyanoff rated it liked it
The Doorknob Society by MJ Fletcher – Book Review

Magic, hotties, a new world, and a feisty lead. MJ Fletcher pulls you in and keeps you flipping pages with The Doorknob Society.

Once I got into the story I started to really like Chloe. She is feisty, stands up to anyone and everyone and as every teenage girl, she has issues. Her attitude and quick thinking keeps the story moving along at a nice pace.

In my opinion, MJ Fletcher’s biggest accomplishment with this story would have to be the concept.
Aug 03, 2012 Andra rated it it was ok
Gosh there was SUCH potential for this book! I really REALLY want to love it because it has so many original, unique and just plain outstanding ideas in it.

The problems started right off the bat with not enough description being given to the characters and settings to paint an accurate picture. I mean...if you have to wait until the 4th chapter to get a physical description of the main character, it's kind of hard to create that movie in your head. Other examples were very vague or insubstantia
Mar 21, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
Ok. this is one incredible book. I couldn't put it down! At first I thought it was very similar to the story of a certain young wizard...multiple groups of power, each student at a special school had to 'declare' themselves to a group...Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is just amazing!
The characters are unique. They are able to form a very strong emotional bond between them, which is great because when the initially met, they almost hated each other.

Enough about my gushing about
May 20, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
full disclosure: I'm dear friends with MJ Fletcher.

Great YA novel. Wonderful storyline. My biggest criticism is the number of typos. OY! I pulled out my red pen more times than I'd like to admit.
Ashley Chen
Jul 30, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it really liked it
I really love the premise of the book. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew I needed to read it, and the story didn't disappoint! The story was so mysterious and suspenseful. I was begging the book for more information because I couldn't stand the suspense and mystery (which could be good and bad)! I really enjoyed the steampunk and sci-fi elements. The story was full of action and the pace was great. The romance was okay and typical. Team Michael or James? Team neither, not a big ...more
Lynnda Hickey
Apr 16, 2014 Lynnda Hickey rated it liked it
Basically, Harry Potter with doorknobs. Not terrible, as derivative YA fantasy goes, better than many similar attempts, and at least entertaining enough for me to bother finishing. The characters could use some fleshing out, something to give them substance and make them more interesting and real to the reader. A little more exposition and detail about the world in which the story takes place wouldn't go amiss either. The book is in desperate need of proofreading. Punctuation and grammatical err ...more
Heather Felder
Feb 15, 2012 Heather Felder rated it really liked it
I am SO GLAD that I said I'd review the book!! It had me interested from the first chapter, and HOOKED shortly after that!

Chloe Masters' dad is a well known magician, and they live a gypsy lifestyle, traveling all over the world performing together after her mom disappeared 11 years ago. Everything is as usual for them until they go to leave Paris. Their passports are confiscated and they are not allowed to leave. Chloe sneaks out to break into the office where the passports are being held to ge
Christie Rich
Jan 18, 2013 Christie Rich rated it really liked it
Very interesting ideas and world. Loved the voice and the characters were great. Not sure what didn't drive it over the top for me. I really enjoyed it and want to continue the series.
Josh Bush
This book has a good idea for a plot, but both the setting and characters are under-realized so that the story becomes inconsistent and conflicting from beginning to end. Clearly shaped by the Harry Potter world, the story is about a girl who doesn't realize she has "magical" powers until she attends a special school with 4 houses, or specializations. How these powers work changes between the beginning and the end of the story, which means the characters' actions stop making sense. The school th ...more
May 26, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by The Doorknob Society, the synopsis in itself was intriguing but once I got started I was literally pulled into the amazing fantasy world Mr. Fletcher has created.

Chloe Masters has spent most of her life traveling with her master magician father, whilst on a tour in France life as Chloe knows it is about to change; she discovers she will become a part of a unique society known as the Doorknob Society, an order of the Old Kind and can travel through parallel dimension
Terri Dion
Jun 28, 2012 Terri Dion rated it it was amazing
Holy crap this book is soooo well written. I loved the story line, The plot and the characters very much. My favorite character was of course James Nightshade. It has everything...Inter denominational travel, steampunk devises, magic, mythical creatures and so much more. I truly loved reading this book and can't wait until the next book comes out! Cloe is a smart ass tough girl and I love that in a main character. Slade (Cloes' love interest) is down to earth and tries to keep her grounded. Nigh ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Toni rated it really liked it
~Status~ Great read!!

I am really glad I choose to review this book!!! The book had me hooked right away! Chloe travels the world with her father who is a magician, who was formally part of The Doorknob Society. Chloe and her father are chased when chloe awakens her powers. The only way to protect Chole is to enroll her in school, at Paladin Academy she will learn about her powers and meet new people. Edgar, Slade, Nightsade, and Jess will all come together during this book. Chloes father goes
Ian Wood
Mar 16, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Jan 22, 2015 Naturalbri (Bri Wignall) rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, liked-it

What I Thought

This is one of the most difficult reviews I had to write in a while. That being because I love some parts of this books and some details are just not what I wanted.

Firstly, this book is written very well. It has excellent pace, a good level of detail and the time has been taken to ensure that the story flows well. I also loved the names of all the groups and several of the characters had some great names as well.

I found the characters to be a great blend for a YA book. We had a g
Mar 21, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-free
In the spirit of full disclosure I only read about 12% of this book before I was so exasperated I had to give it up. I would give it 1 star based on what I've read so far but I'm giving it two since I didn't finish it.

My main issue is that our protagonist is incredibly ridiculous. Some of her behavior could be written off as "that's just how teenage girls are" but certainly not everything.

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Aug 01, 2014 Marsha rated it really liked it
(3.5 Stars)
I have to confess that I've had "The Doorknob Society" downloaded onto my Kindle for quite some time, but just now got around to reading it. I also must confess that I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than even I suspected.

The storyline for this book is quite good as well as unique. Chloe has been traveling around for quite sometime with her father the famous disappearing magician. Then, the authorities show up, confiscate their passports and warn them not to leave the city. So, wha
Jan 19, 2015 Ronnie rated it really liked it
When I read the first few chapters of The Doorknob Society, I thought it was going to be just another Harry Potter-ish story. Now, having read the whole book, I can tell you, I was wrong. There may be similarities in the concept, but regarding the execution, The Doorknob Society is absolutely and utterly unique.

I enjoyed every minute of the adventure this book invited me to take part in. The Doorknob Society has everything a reader would need: people with special powers, fantastical creatures, b
Jan 08, 2015 Carrie rated it it was amazing
It would be very easy to give this book a lower star rating because of the somewhat irritating spelling & grammar errors. Except no matter how annoying the mistakes were, they simply didn't detract from the story. I figured if I can read most of my non-native English speaking friends posts and even some of the native speakers posts online everyday I can overlook some bad grammar and obvious spelling mistakes when the book is this good, with or without the mistakes.

In fact I think the simple
Jan 15, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
I loved the story line. I found it to be quite unique in its mix of steampunk, magic, and fantasy. A cross between Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Ever since her mother disappeared when she was a child, Chloe has been traveling the world with her father. While in Paris, she gets herself into a bit of a bind when she decides to steal back her and her dad’s passports, which were confiscated by the police, and nearly gets caught. She manages to escape, but not in the conventional sense. This is whe
Christina Blue
Jun 06, 2014 Christina Blue rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book for the most part and would like to read the rest of the series.

One thing that was very annoying was the typos and errors that reared their ugly heads in every single chapter. For instance, "he ran passed me" - that, or a similar statement using "passed" instead of "past" popped up at least half a dozen times. I know I'm not a writer, and I'm sure that you can probably pick out several things here in my little paragraph that I've done incorrectly, but I was astonished
A Book Addict's YA Palace
Jan 22, 2015 A Book Addict's YA Palace rated it really liked it
Full review can be found here on my site: http://misslittlebookaddictya.blogspo...
Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy for an honest review.
The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher starts off with a bang that grabbed and held my attention! Chloe Masters is in the middle of breaking into a French gov. office because she and her father's passports had been seized. Chloe always knew her magician father had a secret, but when she gets cornered by French gov. agents and bad guys she doesn't eve
Sarah Newman
Mar 04, 2012 Sarah Newman rated it it was amazing
It had me from the first chapter, Chloe is one of the most engrossing heroines I've read. It felt like you were in her head and knew exactly how she felt! I couldn't put it down and read straight through and was so mad at myself for finsihing it. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. THE. NEXT. BOOK!

I am completelly with Nightshade!!!!
I like the story, it has potential. This is geared towards young adult, but it would be amusing for younger readers
as well were it not for foul language. Not a lot to start, not really bad words as such (mostly crap, damn and hell), but this
could be made available to a wider audience if not for that. Many typos. Far too many. It seems that auto-correct was blindly trusted.

The story starts off with action, chase, fighting and magic. It rarely takes a breath until the end. Fun! Chloe is the typi
Mar 17, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
This book's story isn't anything new, but I liked the new little quirks about it. Here is a story about a young girl living with her father and he decides to send her to a special school. She learns she has special powers and for her, she is extra special because she can interact with all of the factions in the school. She is spunky, rude, loyal to a fault, and bound and determined to do what she wants and takes others with her. There is a love triangle going on- she says she cares for Slade, bu ...more
Whitebeard Books
Aug 19, 2014 Whitebeard Books rated it liked it
First and foremost, I enjoyed this tale, even though it was totally outside of all reality … I hope. I believe that I did because, somewhere in all of us, we want magic to be real. The characters, with the exception of some of their skills, were honest and easy to believe as was the angst of the ages involved with the primary folks in the story. The only true shortcoming, and it is real and annoying, is that the writing was very poorly edited, if at all. Too many instances of incorrect word use, ...more
Ibtisam helen
Jan 11, 2015 Ibtisam helen marked it as gave-up
Interesting (and somewhat annoying) that it's only available on kindle... So I downloaded it, but then couldn't get past the awkward writing. Oh well.
Paul DiBara
Jun 15, 2015 Paul DiBara rated it really liked it
Another young adult series, but better than average. Admittedly, this is a Harry Porter knockoff but for some strange reason I enjoyed it. You have to stretch credibility beyond its limits, or perhaps place this in the realm of alternate, twisted, realities. Read this book to escape and for the pure enjoyment of it - if you enjoy a good fantasy.

The character are rather two dimensional - but in a good way. That is to say that there aren't any shades of grey, just black and white, good and bad. It
Christina OW
Jun 21, 2012 Christina OW rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird, paranormal
I spent the whole day yesterday reading this.

Althought there were some parts that dragged I liked it alot. The author should send it to a producer, it would do great as a series.
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MJ Fletcher was born in New Jersey and now lives by the beach with his very understanding wife and daughter. He has been writing since he first stapled pages together as a child and called them a book. He finally realized his ambitions when his comic book series Adam Zero The Last Man of Earth was published by Ronin Studios. His other comic book work includes Digital Webbing Presents and The Hero ...more
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