I read this book to my son, who is preparing for baptism. He liked it, and really connected with most of the the stories. There were a few stories I d...moreI read this book to my son, who is preparing for baptism. He liked it, and really connected with most of the the stories. There were a few stories I didn't like, however, because I don't think they adequately (or appropriately in one case) conveyed the topics they were about. But on the whole, I think this book is a good option if you're looking for something for your child. Although it is geared towards boys (there are other things, but most notably, the chapter on prayer is about the priesthood), I think most girls would also appreciate it. (less)
I was so happy to get a copy of this audiobook for review! I hadn't heard of it until then, but I just knew it was a book my son would love. I played...moreI was so happy to get a copy of this audiobook for review! I hadn't heard of it until then, but I just knew it was a book my son would love. I played it for him today, and we both sat there laughing through the entire thing.
About the audiobook: BJ Novak is hilarious! His inflection changes as the words change, and it had even me laughing. The audiobook is great, even if it feels a bit short (be prepared to hit replay to listen to it again...and again, and again). If you aren't feeling up to reading this and sounding silly (oh, come one, what are you afraid of?), or if your child keeps asking you to read the book over and over, the audiobook is the perfect solution. The only downside I can see is that now I want a copy in book form, so I can read it to my son myself. :)
About the book: In a way, it reminds me of one of my favorite children's books: The Monster At The End of This Book. It calls for the reader to be interactive with the words, meaning that each time it is read, the result can be made new and fresh, creating laughs long after the child has memorized the words--and if my son is any indication, your children will memorize them, only to repeat them back to you.
It was a fun experience for the both of us. This is the perfect book for young children, as they get to hear their parent--(or any other person who reads it to them--speak utter gibberish, and say funny and completely insane things. It's fun to let loose once in a while, and this book facilitates that.
Edit: We have since played this for my nieces and nephews, after my son begged me to let them hear it during a sleepover. It was such a hit! I had to play it three times over, while five children from the ages of 2-9 laughed and giggled, and shook the entire bed.
*I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.(less)
It took me a chapter or two to get into this book, but it was a great adventure afterward. I really enjoyed the main character, Kayla's, relationship...moreIt took me a chapter or two to get into this book, but it was a great adventure afterward. I really enjoyed the main character, Kayla's, relationship with her mother, and getting to see how it changed over the course of the book. It was great to see Kayla herself change throughout the book as well, and really come into a sense of confidence. She was great at feigning confidence in the beginning, but seemed to grow into her own skin (and power) as the story goes on. There are also some great parallel happenings going on with those around her, which I thought were cool. The characters around the main character aren't stagnant beings in the book--they learn and grow along with her.
Though there is a romance in the story--and yes, it happens a bit too quickly for my taste--it isn't based solely on the romance alone. In fact, a lot of the book has to do with family matters. And the rest is about an adventure that takes Kayla and Daniel to many cool places. Side note: The homeschooler in me was excited at all the history you can pick up from reading this book. :D
I think the biggest thing I didn't like about the story is how seemingly easily things are resolved towards the end. Yet there are two big reasons I still appreciate the ending: 1.) I didn't see it coming, as I was expecting something much different and thrilling. This is, I suppose, the result of being used to reading things with thrills for the sake of thrills. After contemplating the ending, I appreciate the subtle way in which things unfold. 2.) It didn't end there. The conflict gets resolved, yes, but because of certain events there is still much the characters have to do before returning to their lives--and even then, their lives won't be the same. I appreciate Durst showing the 'after' of things. The cleanup, if you will.
In all, this is a fun book with very cool magic, and characters who change and grow as the story progresses. It is also another great Sarah Beth Durst novel! This is the third standalone of hers that I have read, and while each of them have been as different as night and day, I have enjoyed them all!
Read this if: ...you like family drama, and adventure with a touch of history.
Content Warning *This section may contain some spoilers about content!* (view spoiler)[Other than a few kissing scenes, and a few swear words, the book is pretty clean! There is also one possibly scary scene in an ancient crypt, but it's only scary if--like me--you don't like bones! (hide spoiler)]
*I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Such an enjoyable book. There were some very cliche events, and the writing wasn't as descriptive as I prefer, but it was ultimately a sweet and roman...moreSuch an enjoyable book. There were some very cliche events, and the writing wasn't as descriptive as I prefer, but it was ultimately a sweet and romantic story. The author did a good job of adding conflict and tension, while keeping the story clean. This is the first book in the series that I have read, and aside from a few obvious nods to previous books, I didn't feel lost at all. It can definitely be read without reading the previous books first. (less)
This is actually one of those books that is just not for me. The writing is great, and actually very insightful. I LOVED the main character, missing a...moreThis is actually one of those books that is just not for me. The writing is great, and actually very insightful. I LOVED the main character, missing arm and voice, included. His silent courage is commendable. The reason the book is on my 'Will Not Finish' shelf, is just that I'm not at the right place in my life to find the storyline as interesting as I wanted to--the bookish version of: "it's not you, it's me." I think it would be a great read for those who are up for some strange, but fun, adventure. (less)