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When Jonathan wakes up beside a lake bruised and bleeding, he has no idea how he got there or where “there” really is. He must try to remember how he ended up in this place and why.

When he meets Grace and a group of people that seem to want to help him, he is thrown in to a world that he doesn’t know. Haunted by visions and voices in his head, Jonathan soon realises that...more
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Ann Haines
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Sadie Forsythe
Brunswick put me in the mind of The Never Ending Story or maybe a modernized Narnia. I’m fairly sure I’m not the first person to make the comparison, but that just further supports the similarities. Jonathan and his family are about as ideal as you can imagine, everyone loves each-other and is comfortable expressing it. So it isn’t surprising that Jon’s overriding desire is initially to get home. But because he comes from a strong, loving family that has taught him to do the right thing he can’t...more
Ashley Stoyanoff
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love a good quest. Ann Haines gives us a great adventure and incorporates a powerful message for young and young at heart readers with Brunswick.

The story starts off with a young boy who is creative and loves to write. His character grabbed me from the beginning. His struggle with growing up is something that is real for all of us, especially those of us who live and breathe fiction.

What makes the quest adventure work is the ability for the reader to id...more
Rachel Marks
I don't know what it is about indie, self published authors, but I absolutely love them. Lately I have been extremely lucky to find or be contacted by some amazing self published authors and Ann Haines is one of them. Her book, Brunswick is an extremely imaginative tale that takes you on a journey to another world to fight against pure evil.

What I loved most about Brunswick was the story itself. It is a new twist on the "finding a new world" tale. While reading I was taken along for a ride with...more
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
This story is about Jonathan who enters another world that he realizes he is the creator of. That world is facing a major threat and Jonathan needs to help this people since he is the creator of this world. Jonathan faces a lot his fears during his journey in this book and he realizes that he is a lot braver than he thought he was.

By some reason I had a hard time with this book and it took a long time for m to read this. It was not a bad book at all but I found it a bit slow at times. I also spe...more
Diana Nixon
I really enjoyed reading Brunswick! First of all because of the book structure itself – I liked the link between Jon’s memories and the present events. It seemed as if I was reading the story from two different points of view. I also liked the way the passage between the two worlds was described. Family relationship, its unity and mutual support were just amazing. It was a real pleasure to find myself among those people. Little Sophie was so cute; I smiled every time reading her dialogs and comm...more
Helena Ison
I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book! I got lost within the pages and hated to put it down. I felt so close to all the characters and found myself wishing that I could be a citizen of Brunswick. At times the story brought tears to my eyes and at other times I found myself afraid of what might happen. The story has such a positive message: Always Stand Up For What You Believe In! I truly look forward to reading more of her work in the future!

for my full review check out my blog: http:...more
If "Brunswick" had started out with the richer dialogue & action it ended with, this would have been a good read. The flow of the story was very slow and grey at the beginning. A third of the way in, the drama perked up and the story became more dynamic. The ending was told very well and was a nice wrap to the plot. Unfortunately, I will not recommend this book. However, I hope the author does not give up as I see plenty of potential to become an awesome storyteller.
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
After I read this book, BRUNSWICK it was interesting and completely mysterious. I love the characters Jonathan and Grace. I hadn't exactly/ didn't think how the book would end up but then again after I finished reading this book, I was completely into it. I don't why, I guess I just loved it.
Audrey Wilkerson
How powerful is imagination? Jonathan Brunswick finds out the hard way. After falling into a cavern while on a beach trip with his family, Jonathan wakes up in a world where the people seem familiar. Surprised to learn that he was brought to the village with magic, he soon makes another discovery: this place is Brunswick and is the result of the stories that Jonathan and his dad made up. The villagers tell Jonathan about the great tower that appeared one day and the darkness that followed. Adult...more
Jennifer R  Ricketts
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the We Love YA Books on Goodreads.

I really enjoyed this story about a young man who ends up in a world he helped create, where if he grows up and stops believing in it, it will be destroyed. I love the idea behind this book; I just wish there had been more time to get to know the characters better and for the world building to have been more detailed. The beginning was confusing for me, but soon afterward I began to underst...more
Brunswick was an interesting read. I enjoyed the whole idea of a world created through the power of one boy's imagination, and particularly liked how well-developed and thought out the world was. The entire book focuses on the power of imagination, good triumphing over evil, and doing what you know is right, even when you don't want to, which are all themes that were dealt with very well. And I especially loved the creatures that populate this world; Ann Haines did a first-rate job when choosing...more
Dee Dodgson
Out of all the books I read, I think fantasy is my favourite. The imaginary worlds created through a human mind fascinates me and Ann Haines book is no exception. She has created here a believable world and great characters.

Jonathan Brunswick usually writes great essays for his English class, but his latest attempt was poor. He appears to have lost something as he's growing up and struggles to find ideas for his work.
On a trip to the beach with his family, he wanders off alone saying he wants t...more
This book starts with a boy named Jonathon. He is extremely creative, seemingly having his head in the clouds. He is transported to another world called Brunswick that apparently he is the creator of. The people seem vaguely familiar, but all Jonathon wants is to get home. Once he sees what is happening in this world he begins to realize that he wants to help. The destroyer (IT) is gaining power and the dark cloud is spreading and taking people away from their friends and family. As soon as Jona...more
In the beginning I was having a hard time getting into the story, I actually read a very small amount over about 4 days which is unlike me. The closer it got to the weekend, I decided I had to commit to this book and when I sat down and actually focused on reading it, I really enjoyed it. The reason it was not a 4 or 5 star rating for me is because I believe it was a bit of a younger story and that's the reason I could not get into it as much as I would have liked. Most YA that I do read seems t...more
Brunswick followed a regular teen, Jonathan, on his journey into a magical world of the same name. It was a charming tale, for anyone who is a fan of fantasy, heroes, and especially imagination.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Every character was likeable, and Jonathan was the epitome of a wholesome hero. One of my favorite things was meeting all the creatures that lived in Brunswick. I'm not going to spoil them for you, but they were creatures/animals I can guarantee you haven't seen in any...more
Stephanie Ward
'Brunswick' is a young adult paranormal fantasy that follows the main character, Jonathan, out of his reality and into a world that is relying on him to save it. I thought that the idea of the novel was unique and interesting. However, I found the writing style to be lacking and it actually made what I thought would be a refreshing concept turn into a flat and dry story. I think what I disliked about the writing was the lack of character and story building as well as not enough energy and descri...more
I read this book as part of the ARR program on goodreads. I enjoyed the storyline and I thought that it was fun adventure story that reminded me of the adventures I used to read when I was younger. I liked the twists and turns and thought it was very imaginative.
I had a hard time with the grammatical errors, the pace was slow at times and it took me a while to get hooked in. It seemed like a younger book than what I originally thought, although the character was supposed to be 15, I thought the...more
This was an enjoyable book into the imaginative world of Jonathan Brunswick. He is a fifteen year old boy that loves to write stories, and ends up being transported to this world he has created. There he meets many different people, and helps them save Brunswick from the evil that has taken over. When he finally confronts the evil doer he is on for a surprise of who it turns out to be.

This was a fun read with lots of battles and courage. I think this would be especially good for boys ages 11 and...more
Yalle Ondarza
This was a good adventure story. The book is about a boy named Jonathan Brunswick, who finds himself being transported to this other world. At first he is not happy about it and then decides to help the people of that world, which he finds out, that he created.

I liked the story line itself. The only reason why I did not give this book more stars was because I could not convince myself that Jonathan was 15 years old. He seems much younger, judging by the way he acted in many parts of the story.

Ann Haines
May 17, 2012 Ann Haines rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
A YA fantasy that takes you on a journey through a new and strange world. Through following a young boy Jonathan, who wakes to find himself in this strange land, you are taken on a journey of unknown danger and wonder. This debut novel from Ann Haines teaches you to stay young at heart and offers the question "just how far would you go to save others?"
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Ann Haines is a debut writer from the South East of England. She is a married mother of two, a horror movie buff, Tweeter, Blogger and a self-confessed geek............................ and GLEEK (much to her sons annoyance).
She has been writing from an early age and even took to illustrations as she went through her teenage years. Although she still sketches as a hobby she now prefers to focus on...more
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