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Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell
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Aug 04, 11

bookshelves: 2011-book-challenge
Read from June 14 to August 04, 2011

Review from my blog: http://booksaur.blogspot.com/

Summary: This story is about Ves Asirin, an orphan, who was chosen along with 19 other children to visit the Tower of Parlen Min--a large tower owned by a wealthy man (think sort of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory golden ticket sort of ordeal). When the children arrive there, they are given an opportunity to compete in a Sword Challenge in which the winning team will receive a $12 million prize. The kids go begin the challenge and go through a series of tasks where some are dangerous while others are mind numbing to solve.

My Thoughts:
First off, I thought that this book had a lot of great plot twists and the premise seemed very interesting; it had potential. There are a lot of action sequences in this book and you'll be hooked at those scenes. I also think that Xell does an great job imagining the story, from the storyline to the events that unravel to the creatures that the children must face off in the challenges--it was an adventure for sure.

Here are some things that set me back a bit though. Ves was the main character of the book, but I felt that he was more of a bystander who was there to deliver the readers the dialogue/scene. Another thing were the descriptions, I love descriptions because they really help you understand the scenes better, but I felt that there was a bit too much focus on describing each detail or action. For example, when the children were looking through books/computer for information, us readers are given maybe 3-4 plus pages of historical information, it definitely could have been summed up. Also, the pacing made it a bit difficult for me to follow along. It would either be relatively slow or super quick to a point where I wasn't given any time to absorb what just happened.

Conclusion: All in all, this book was pretty fun, and I liked how we were able to run through the tower and explore its many rooms and secret passageways. I had a few favorite scenes which include the fencing parts and when we got to learn more about Mr. Trent. The author had many great ideas coming into this book and it was an interesting mystery.

P.S. I received this book from the author and my review is not biased. :) 
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