I'm sorry, but if you already read more than 5 fantasy books, you're going to know the storyline of this one as well. There's simply nothing special a...moreI'm sorry, but if you already read more than 5 fantasy books, you're going to know the storyline of this one as well. There's simply nothing special about it. I also think the writing style is nothing special. In fact, there are so many stereotypical sencences you heard before in every cheesy fantasy movie that I laughed a lot while reading it. Not even the elves had some special powers due to their difference to human beings (which I would have expected from a different race), besides being very fast and soundlessly moving through the woods. I wish the author would use a little bit more imagination.(less)
Mmmm, it's really hard for me to review this book, because there are on the one hand some parts and ideas in it that are promising, but on th...more3.5 stars
Mmmm, it's really hard for me to review this book, because there are on the one hand some parts and ideas in it that are promising, but on the other hand some parts I didn't like at all.
I'll start with the pros: The idea Good vs. Evil is quite nice and I really liked the ending and especially the last sentence of Sophie kept me grinning for a long time. I'm a real fan of fairy tale-retelling particularly when all these stereotypical role models, e.g. the evil witch, the beautiful but sometimes slightly dumb princess with her Disney animals and her hero, Prince Charming, are mixed together and you get a glimpse of maybe the real ending behind the "Happily ever after", where Princesses get fat, don't shave their legs anymore or even have the audacity to eat cheese (OMG!) Also one gains an insight what Princes' and Princesses' as well as villains' educations encompass (beautification, uglyfication, etc.). However, all these interesting settings and also the beautiful drawings within the book and the cover don't balance the missing descriptions of the surroundings and backgrounds of the School nor their teachers, who are merely helpers along the way. I had the feeling that the author had too many ideas and twists and turns he wanted to write about so that in the end the middle part is rather packed with lots of themes and suddenly altered attitudes of characters as well as behaviours and feelings. However, it is true that in adolescence feelings can change a lot from one day to another, but it seemed rather too abruptly in this novel. Nevertheless, I want to know what happens with Sophie and Agatha after the end of this 1st part and I'm sure to read the others as well.(less)
Such a promising synopsis - sigh. I got the impression that it's a YA fantasy novel, but instead it's a typical chicklit-storyline where the heroine m...moreSuch a promising synopsis - sigh. I got the impression that it's a YA fantasy novel, but instead it's a typical chicklit-storyline where the heroine met her hero on the 4th page and he calls her all the time "My Sara....". That's just too much saccharine-eternal-everlasting love and I got pretty soon sick of it! Moreover, the plot is - also due to it's length of just 250-something pages - very sparse with detailed descriptions of the surroundings. I don' usually look forward to or even register them, but it simply felt like the author wasn't to keen on describing neither the normal world nor the otherworld where the Fairies supposed to live. The concept of the elemental magic was interesting, but the ending was very confusing and I don't understand why this "naked Lady of the Bathing Pool" helped them at all!!! I predict that the next two books in the series will be about Sara's siblings and their ongoing quest against the dystopian government and their true love! However, I'm sure lovers of the "Black dagger" series and the "Warriors of Atlantis" will surely enjoy it!(less)
Hmmm, I was quite disappointed when I finished this book since I thought that the graphic art within the book would be as stunning as the cover art su...moreHmmm, I was quite disappointed when I finished this book since I thought that the graphic art within the book would be as stunning as the cover art suggested. Also, the story has no real depths and follows a straight storyline without any twists or turns. I simply expected a more complex plot.(less)