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The Doorknob Society (The Doorknob Society #1)

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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....more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published February 9th 2012
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Donna
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...more
Ashley Chen
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
Ashley Stoyanoff
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....more
Kaliis
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,...more
Heather Felder
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...more
Lisa
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.
Sharon
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...more
Terri Dion
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
Toni
~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...more
Marsha
(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...more
Lynnda Hickey
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
Christina Blue
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...more
Sarah Newman
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!!!!
Whitebeard Books
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
Christina OW
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.
Christie Rich
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.
Alisande
Loved this!! Action, romance, magic...it has it all! I have 2 words for you....James Nightshade.
Kimi
Nov 26, 2012 Kimi marked it as to-read
This looks interesting and it's free on kindle right now. I love the key and door on this cover.
Melissa
Can't put it down! So intrigued as to where this story will continue to take me! Love it so far!
Elizabeth
This book desperately needs proof reading. The story is interesting, though it felt a bit heavy on the teen drama (not necessarily the most important thing, but as another reviewer said it does get repetitive). I'm about to try the second book but, honestly, if there are anywhere near the same number of grammatical errors I'm cutting my losses with the series. I just can't justify spending $5 on a book where the author didn't do their due diligence to make sure the thing is readable. Fingers cro...more
Brandi
Really interesting story idea - reminds me a little of the Harry Potter, Vampire Academy, Mythos Academy series, but in the best possible way.

What I loved: Chloe's spunk, the world itself, the secondary characters (though one has to wonder how all of these teens are running around without parental supervision. I mean, really). I liked the descriptions, and how relationships and friendships developed and evolved over a reasonable amount of time (big plus). And I was amazed at how smooth this was...more
Erica Hopper
When I was given the opportunity to read The Doorknob Society I wasn't sure if I'd pick up the book or not. I had been overwhelmed by reviews, work, looking for a permanent job, family stuff, and so much more. Was I alright with putting more on my plate? I didn't know, but the plot of this book looked interesting enough that I threw caution to the wind and said, "Why not?"

Unfortunately, I think residual stress effected my experience with this book. I don't believe I enjoyed it quite as much as I...more
Diane Daniels
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story concept was interesting. It seemed to be patterned after Harry Potter. I enjoyed it for a while, but something was very wrong. I realized that Mr. Fletcher was sorely lacking in knowledge of the mechanics of the English language.

I am not a perfectionist. I give a lot of leeway to "Indie" writers because I know it is expensive to pay an editor, but this author needs one desperately. Commas seem to be a complete mystery to him. Other punctuation mar...more
Angel / YA rules!/
I got excited when I received my copy because of all the great reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon.

So what do I think? I think that it's great that I was able to get into the story right away. After all, chapter one was already full of excitement (view spoiler). I like the way the world in the book is being described it was good for the imagination and made me think that i was also seeing it which was great. The plot is amazing, it's the first...more
JennRenee
I was so very excited to start this series. The synopsis really drew me in, it sounded new and unlike anything I have read lately. The book was very enjoyable and I had a lot of fun reading it. There was a strong presence of YA cliches about the book but had enough originality to loose me int the story.




Chloe masters is the daughter of a magician and has spent her entire life int he world of magic and illusions but never knew just how real the magic really is. One night she and her father are at...more
Cathy
I was very drawn to this book by its description, just seemed like something interesting and that I haven’t read yet, and I was right and this book did not disappoint. We meet Chloe at the beginning of the book where she has no clue what her family’s secret life is about until one day she tries to run away and once her hand touches the doorknob she’s transported to a different location. Completely confused and still on the run her father takes her back to her childhood home. Since they are alway...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour. I did not receive any compensation for this review nor was I obligated to write a good review. The blog tour host may have received compensation for setting up the tour however.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this novel with fairly low expectations. I expected to enjoy the novel but that was about it. Nothing could have prepared me to be bl...more
The Book Lover's Report
**From The Book Lover's Report**

I've got to say, you guys, that this book exceeded any prior expectations that I had when first looking at it (not that I thought it was going to be horrible or anything).

Those of you who like the Harry Potter series (I mean, who wouldn't *me balking*), I have to tell you all that you will want to read this. It's like a more romantic version (love tri-ang-le/ rectangle) without the 'wizardry' but with a steampunk feel (even though it is based in the present).

Okay,...more
Audrey Wilkerson
I had a weird yet recurring thought while I was reading this book: I sure miss Harry Potter. That parallel universe sort of world where certain parts were everyday and familiar, but even better, many parts were not. People dress differently, there are otherworldly creatures, they have their own school and there is magic. Lots of magic. The thing is, you could really see that world from JK Rowling’s descriptions and immerse yourself until you felt like you could live there. On occasion, I got gli...more
Mindy Bolinger
Feeling better, I decided to pick up my reader and open this book. I read all four hundred and something pages in one day. It was totally worth spending the day in positions that cramped, twitched, burned and numbed, but again it was worth it all.

I took this book for review and I loved it. Fletcher really found a topic that is different yet still allows you to identify what she is portraying. At first, I really thought it was about a girl that dies and can't leave the room, but my first thoug...more
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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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