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Fablehaven (Fablehaven #1)

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For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current c
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Paperback, 351 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Aladdin (first published 2006)
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Regan
May 23, 2016 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
The Holy Terror
This book was mediocre. The author has some good ideas but the execution is terrible. His writing is amateurish and frustrating to read. None of the main characters are likable. Still though, I find myself wanting to know what will happen next, strange as that seems. I didn't hate this book but I'm glad I didn't spend money on it.

Seth and Kendra's parents are going on a cruise and they need to dump their kids off at their grandparents' house. Of course, Seth and Kendra are grumpy for being left
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

It's very rare, in this day and age of Harry Potter mania (and yes, I admit I'm a very devoted victim!) to find a fantasy story that can actually hold your attention. With FABLEHAVEN, though, new author Brandon Mull manages to do just that from the very first page to the last. Not to mention, thank the fairies, that there's already another book planned in the series.

The premise is simple enough: two siblings, thirteen-year-old Kendra and her eleven-year-old br
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Kathryn
May 26, 2008 Kathryn rated it liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: lots of people on GoodReads posts
It was hard to determine what rating to give this book--I think 2.5 is my verdict. For "interesting concept" I'd give it four stars--but for execution/delivery only two stars. On "fulfilling expectations" I'd give it one star. This is one of the most disappointing reads I've come across. Thankfully the final few chapters were decent, so that saved the book from being a dismal failure in my mind.

Without giving away too much of the plot, I must say that this book is NOT really about caring for ma
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Lindsey Rey
Oct 26, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]
Kimberley doruyter
why can't i stop re-reading this series?

no matter how many times i re-read this i still love it
and i have got the boxset, a b-day present from my mom.


i love the whole series so much, i must buy myself the boxset.

Eric
Mar 01, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was thinking, "Oh great, not another story about fairies." But after a while I realized that Mull puts some very interesting twists in his version of fantastical creatures. His adds some great morals and gives the reader a chance to see how great kids can be, as if we somehow lose sight of their potential when we become adults. A great read!
grace
Apr 04, 2016 grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much fun!
Exina
Fablehaven is a great opening book of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. It is about Kendra and Seth's adventures in Fablehaven, that is a sanctuary of mystical creatures.

Kendra & Seth. Typical siblings. As the older one, and as a girl, Kendra is more mature, careful, and sober than her brother. Seth, as the younger one, and as a boy, always breaks the rules, and his deeds are the main sources of the conflicts in the story.

Grandpa & Grandma. When Grandpa is out of the scene, Grandma
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Angela
Jul 31, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
.I adored this book! Absolutely gripping and wonderful. Wonderful fantasy and strong characters without being too goody goody.
Recommended to everyone!
Jolie
May 13, 2008 Jolie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter, Sarah, (8 years old, but a great reader) and I have loved this book, as well as its sequel, Rise of the Evening Star. She is currently reading the third, Grip of the Shadow Plague because she snatched it up before I could! Brandon Mull (another LDS author...they seems to be everywhere...) has created a vibrant fantasy series with great characters and snappy dialogue. Because there are both a brother and sister at the center of the intrigue, this will appeal to both boys and girls (t ...more
Sanaa
[3.5 Stars] This was pretty good, but I was a little conflicted about my rating. If I hadn't already read the Spiderwick Chronicles this would have gotten a higher rating, but alas I have. They had elements that were fairly similar and as a result I didn't enjoy this as much as I should have. I also think I'm just spoiled by Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart when it comes to middle grade. Regardless this was a fun read, and I'll definitely continue on!
Lanette
Jan 25, 2008 Lanette rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes Fantasy
Recommended to Lanette by: Kellie
Shelves: children, fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. It's different from many other popular fantasy books, because there is a complete family structure included. No orphan, no "who could the mother / father be?", no "who's going to be the 'father/mentor' figure that gets killed?" Not here -- there's a mother, a father, and two sets of grandparents, one set of whom die before the first book in an ordinary gas leak. Due to their maternal grandparents death, they are introduced to Fablehaven and its mythical creatures. I'v ...more
Kelly

"None of these creatures are good. Not the way we think of good. None are safe. Much of morality is peculiar to mortality. The best creatures here are merely not evil."

This was such a wonderful mythical magical read. Kendra and Seth are ( siblings ) the leads in this fantasy filled with fairies, naiads, golems and witches. This is my first Brandon Mull book and I can boldly say, I was left feeling more than satisfied with frequent nostalgic feelings of my younger days lol. Even though this is a
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Ann
May 26, 2008 Ann rated it liked it
Recommended to Ann by: Multple people!
I find it very difficult to write a review for this book. I suppose I'll start with the fact that I'd expected the book to focus more on the actual "Fantastical Preserve" - ie, what a caretaker actually does day-in and day-out to care for magical creatures. However, there really wasn't any of that. Or very little at least. It was more like a giant patch of land where the magical beings could exist. Which, is fine, just not what I'd expected.
So, now for the unfortunate things - at least, in my op
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P
Aug 10, 2015 P rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
เรารูสึกวาผูแตงมาถูกทางละนะ เนือเรืองกสนุกพอตัวเลยแหละ มีเอกลักษณอยูบาง แตเราวามันยังไมสุด เหมือนกับขาดอะไรบางอยางไป ทีแรกวาจะใหแค 2 ดาว แตพออานตอนจบแลวเราวามันโอเคขึนมาหนอย และบวกอีก 1 ดาวเพิมไปละกัน ตอนแรกเรารำคาญตัวละครทังสองตัวมาก โดยเฉพาะ...เซธ เขาเปนเดกผูชายทีตอนแรกเรามองวาซุกซน แตพออานไปเรือยๆเรารูสึกวามันมีเสนบางๆกันระหวางคำวา...ซุกซน กับ นิสัยเสียอยู ซึงเรากหาขอสรุปไดวาเซธนาจะเปนอยางหลังมากกวา เราวาซุกซนนาจะใชอธิบายเดกๆทีซน แตยังพอหาความนารักได พอโดนผูใหญตักเตือน เขาจะรูสึกผิดบางไมมากกน ...more
Shauna
Jul 02, 2012 Shauna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have no idea this book could be so awesome! I have to admit.... the cover scared me away (not a huge "fantasy" fan, generally....) but this was honestly one of the best books I've ever read. Fantastic writing for older elementary - but held me glued to it as an adult. Off to the library to get the rest in the series....
Ahmad Sharabiani
Fablehaven (Fablehaven #1), Brandon Mull
عنوان: آشیانه افسانه کتاب اول؛ نویسنده: براندن (براندون) مال (مول)؛ مترجم: میلاد فشتمی؛ تهران، بهنام، 1389، در 374 ص؛ از مجموعه پنجگانه افسانه - کتاب اول؛ شابک: 9789645668639؛ چاپ دوم 1391؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
کتاب «آشیانه افسانه» داستان ورود یک خواهر و برادر به منطقه ای حفاظت شده است؛ منطقه حفاظت شده ای که گونه های مختلف جادویی و اساطیری برای جلوگیری از انقراض نسل شان به آنجا پناه برده اند. در این پناهگاه تمام موجودات به ل
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Rollie
Jun 15, 2011 Rollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Kendra and Seth’s parents off to a cruise, they visit their Grandfather Sorenson’s house for one summer vacation. But as they lived in their grandpa’s house, not just the rules are seem to be odd but also the place their grandpa claimed to be his own.

Kendra being the rule bearer and Seth as the rule breaker, one will try to break his grandfather’s rule while one will try to obey the said rule. However, both ways will unveil the secrets behind Fablehaven. And as they venture Fablehaven, they d
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Tara
Jan 05, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
While their parents are off on a 2 week cruise, Kendra and Seth are sent to stay with their grandparents, which they think will be boring beyond belief... but they couldn't be more wrong! Their grandparents live on the magical preserve, Fablehaven, a refuge for fairies, trolls, satyrs, and many of the things that go BUMP! in the night.

Overwhelmed and excited by all that the house and its vast yard have to offer, Kendra and Seth both exhibit very different approaches to interacting with Fablehave
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Latasha
I love Fablehaven.
Kami
Sep 01, 2011 Kami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was so frustrating. I wanted desperately to like it, but it was a struggle to keep reading past the first few chapters. I had major issues with Mull's writing style, and his characters were little better than basic stock characters. His mythology seemed a little bit contrived, and the history that was offered for it was sketchy, abrupt, and in all honesty kind of difficult to believe... It did show promise though, and I'm sure that the series gets better as Mull is bound to find his st ...more
Jason
I hate these children; I kept thinking either what horrid whiny little brats they are, or else what spoiled selfish raging aholes they are. Seth cannot learn an effing lesson because his stupid grampa won’t punish him for his horrid behavior, and he thinks it’s fine to just go around capturing sentient beings - any consequences that befall him lead to him being like “well we’re even now, so whatevs” after someone else rescues his sorry ass. And Kendra says stuff like “I thought you were just the ...more
Jen
Feb 03, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book after attending a "Meet the Author" event at our local library. I had to fight my 9-year old daughter for it..."Mom, are you reading my book AGAIN?" We loved it. Fablehaven is a fascinating place, brought to life vividly by Brandon Mull. But it was more than just magic, it had a moral and some very good discussion points that my daughter and I talked about after we finished. This book and its sequel were ones that you WANT to read with your kids. And both of us are waiting ...more
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
“Drink the milk.”

2.5 to 3 stars.

This was certainly a long read for me, which tends to either mean I really loved it or it just dragged nonstop painfully for me. Unfortunately, I'm the later with this book. I really wanted to love and adore this book like the librarian I'm helping did, but while I did like it, I had a few issues with some things, which took away some enjoyment for me. :/

Mainly the main characters--Seth and Kendra, but mostly Seth in general.

Seth, Seth, Seth, his constant stupid
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
2.5 Stars

Hugo slackened his pace, and they came to a stop in front of the shadowy doorway. The church was completely still. There was no sign anybody had been there in a hundred years.

"I'd rather have the sun, but at least we still have some light," Grandma said, using a tool to set the silver-headed arrow to the string of her undersized crossbow and pull it into position. "Let's get this over with as soon as we can. Evil likes darkness."

"Why is that?" Seth asked.

Grandma thought about the quest
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Jess
Apr 21, 2009 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-read
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy books with mythological creatures, especially dark creatures. There was one scene that gave me goosebumps, and books don't scare me easily. I can't wait to read more!
Kimberley doruyter
reminds me of the spiderwick chronicles just better.
Cara Marie
Mar 10, 2008 Cara Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The rep who brought in the reader for Fablehaven was really excited about it. And, you know, I'm up for reading about sanctuaries for magical animals. Pity then, I started reading and thought - I'm supposed to care why? I'm starting to wonder if I'm getting old. Which is silly because I read plenty of kids' fantasy. Such a plentitude that I'm probably getting pickier.

The main character, Kendra, was very bland. Her characterisation was, basically, that she didn't like breaking rules (although she
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Stephen
Jul 10, 2010 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2006-2010
2.0 to 2.5 stars. This book was okay but I was expecting to like it a whole lot more based on the reviews I have read. I really never liked the main characters (Seth really annoyed me for much of the time) and the fantasy elements weren't as interesting as in previous YA books I have read recently (The Lightning Thief being the most notable). Overall, it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't great.
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