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Abarat by Clive Barker
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May 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, read-in-2008, fantasy
Read in May, 2008

I was a bit hesitant about reading this book. The story sounded intriguing but the main character's name annoyed me vaguely - Candy Quackenbush. What a ridiculous name. Not in a quirky, interesting way - just ... well, annoying. Except Barker won me over within the first chapter and I wasn't focused on Candy's name anymore - just the character herself. Candy walks out of tiny Chickentown, Minnesota, one day and falls right into the Abarat - an archepelago of islands corresponding to the hours of the day.

The Abarat is filled with memorable and interesting characters that keep the plot moving and draw the reader along for a fun ride. Quirky and just a touch off-kilter nothing is as you'd expect and everything is original and fresh. Barker takes some of the fantasy tropes, such as a young girl/boy on a quest, with a DESTINY, and makes them new and exciting and gives the story his own special twist.

I can't wait to read the sequel.

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