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The Candy Shop War

(The Candy Shop War #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  25,666 ratings  ·  2,414 reviews
Magical candy that gives kids superpowers? Sweet! The possibility of evil overtaking the world? Not so tasty. And so begins The Candy Shop War, a trilogy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series.

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the…unusual side. In this start to the series, f
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Aladdin (first published September 11th 2007)
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Lindsey Rey
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]
Kellie O.
Apr 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: middle-grades
I wanted to love this book from the very beginning. I absolutely loved the colorful, glittery cover, and the premise seemed like such fun. And I admit, I really liked the story. However, one thing will keep me from being able to recommend this title to others: the author's use of race. It made me very uncomfortable. From the start he unnecessarily describes non-white characters by their race. In an even worse example, when the main characters take a magic candy that is supposed to temporarily ch ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I really, really enjoyed this! I had my doubt while reading if I was going to continue to like the characters, but they are so well done! I didn't expect the small things mentioned in the beginning to come back at the end and have an impact, so that was fantastic! I'm really curious to what will happen in the second book. I feel like there is enough history and magic to continue this story for a while if he wanted, so I'm excited to see which facet he decided to explore more. ...more
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So...I am pretty impressed with Brandon Mull. I have read a lot of YA fiction recently since I try and read everything Jdog wants to read before he reads it. I think Mull is easily the best recent writer. Since Rowling I don't think anyone has WRITTEN a series as well as him. There are other fun series like Percy Jackson, Ranger's Apprentice, Artemis Fowl, etc but they are not written as well. This guy is actually a great writer!!

I loved the Fablehaven series. Candy Shop War is not quite as good
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a lot of fun, it's exciting, it's not overly scary, and the ending is set up very nicely well in advance (although I must say I didn't see it coming). It's well-written, and if the ethical dilemmas the kids find themselves in aren't very novel, well, at least they make a clear moral message. (Remember, kids, robbing graves is wrong!)

So why only three stars? Well, because even though the writing would normally cause me to give this book four stars, I yanked a star off for the race is
Ian Epp
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a book in which a group of kids wish to find a way to make more exciting. Maybe go on an adventure together. Well, when a new candy shop opens the kids go in wishing for some sweet treats. But they get more than they could have ever hoped for. Candys that makes you weightless, gum that makes you a super athlete, sweets that change you'relook but only for a time. In exchange, they go on adventures for the owner. But what does the owner really want? ...more
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Mull writes the BEST kids' books. I get a kick out of writing directed to younger writers, but Mull's books are among my favorite. I'm reading the Fablehaven series too, and those are awesome, but I think this was my favorite of his so far. This book is so imaginative and fun. I really couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure and fantasy. ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yey
After re-reading this book, I am starting to discover many more themes that I did not notice the first time around; for example, a theme that sticks out through out the entire book is that trust is earned, not given freely. Near the beginning of the book, the blue falcons discovered Mrs.Whites magical candy and blindly trusted Mrs.White, even though she did not do any thing to gain their trust. Soon they discovered that Mrs.White was evil and was after an ancient yet powerful treasure, at the sa ...more
E1 Jimin Park
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To all the readers that like to read mystery and fantasy books, I highly recommend this novel, The Candy Shop War written by Brandon Mull. This book is about four students that formed a club called Blu Falcons, visiting the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe and faces problems not just like getting bullied by older students, eating lunch by themselves, but giving them the power to rule the world into wrong/evil hands. The kids do not know who to trust, Mrs. White the owner of the candy shop, ...more
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an "interesting" book. I loved the premise - kids eat magical candy that give them powers. However, I didn't like the adult situations the kids were put in - robbing a museum, digging up a grave, etc. Also, all of the adult eat addicting white fudge and are basically "drugged out" the entire time. I read this book with Lindsey and she absolutely loved it! She and I were able to discuss the parts I was most uncomfortable with, so it led to a few good talks. Overall, the book wasn't bad, ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brandon-mull
Not bad, although from Mull I certainly expected more. Good idea though.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two Fablehaven books with Emily, so we thought we'd go for another book by Brandon Mull. We read most of it driving back and forth visiting family, and it helped the hour commute go by quickly and enjoyably.

I didn't gel as well with the characters; Nate and Trevor seemed pretty much the same and Summer was flat as well. Pidge had some roundness to him, but there wasn't much character development.

The plot was a little slow at times; most of the book lacked a
Selah Latshaw
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Such a great book. While being adventurous and exciting, it was also funny and witty. This book is perfect for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are looking for a good read. I used this book for my summer reading and I definitely don't regret it! 403 pages of great material worth reading. If you're looking for a new book, this is one I would FOR SURE recommend! Although I said it was a great book for middle schoolers, it is also a FABULOUS book for adults and teens. The characters and everyone ...more
The plot of the book was a very strange plot but Brandon Mull somehow managed to pull it off. I really liked how he pulled away from the generic knights and dragons and trolls and did something much more diverse and different than what many of his other book and authors. I really appreciate that.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to able to jump like you're on the moon, or to be invincible, or to even be able to change your appearance? Nate is the new kid, and he's made three other friends: Summer, Pigeon, and Trevor. The four of them eventually find a new candy shop owned by an old lady named Ms. White, who tells them she has magic candy. In exchange for the candy, they must complete tasks for her, but over time, these tasks get riskier and make the four wonder what Ms. White ...more
Dylan Weight
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about some friends. They stumble apon an old lady. This lady has a candy shop. She also has magic candy.

Because they took the magic candy they wanted more. because they stopped going to get more candy they were hunted. because they joined the "resistance" they were safe. because mr.Tott punched someone he felt the pain the the punch

I liked the book because it is kind the kind of thos books that are based on what if. i also like because there is a lot of character development. I al
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
To start with this book was very slow paced and boring. However, during the last two hundred pages of the book the action started happening and I really ended up enjoying it! Yes, it is middle grade but, to me it seemed like it needed to be a young adult novel due to some events that happen. The characters were amazing and I loved the friendship between all of them. The world building was very interesting and some of the most amazing plot twists took place! I will definitely be reading more of B ...more
Jan 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mikaylie, just finished this book and begged me to read it too. It was nothing like I had expected, interesting, unexpected twists and turns and very creative/imaginative. A great read when you are looking for something fun to relax with, but not too deep. The author does include a great list of questions at the end of the book for discussion. I'd recommend reading this with a child (2nd grade and on)and talking about the different issues the kids face in the book. ...more
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: award-winners
Every kid's dream: the new candy shop in town is stocked with magical candy that can disguise you, make you float, make others do your bidding . . . you name it! The downside: the owner wants you to "earn" it. With a little treasure-hunting. Grave-robbing. You know, the usual.

Fun book with believable young and old characters, loads of action, and a totally inventive plot!
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Mull is definately one of my favortie authors. I really enjoy his style of writing, and his imagination. Just like Fablehaven this book has it's share of twists. I love that Mr Mull can make the danger feel so real. ...more
Ethan Smith
Maybe it was being forced to listen to this in a cramped car on long journies, or the lady who read its droning and monotonous voice?
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A library book. Cute middle-school-kids' story about fifth graders working with/for/against magicians, both good and bad, experiencing adventures fueled by magical candy. I like Brandon Mull's writing style, will read more of his novels. ...more
I am a big Brandon Mull fan; I loved his Fablehaven series, am enjoying his five Kingdoms series, but wasn’t a huge fan of his Beyonders series. I was eager to finally read The Candy Shop Wars which I have had on my shelf for awhile. The book ended up being a bit disappointing; I had some trouble engaging in the story and the characters.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent. The narrator was fine and easy to listen to.

Nate has just moved to a new town with his parents and
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pages: 407
Author: Brandon Mull
This book is intended to teenagers/young adults. The main issue of the story is get to know people before doing things for them. This book is taken place mostly at the candy shop. It wouldn't be the same if it was taken place at the candy shop. The main character is Nate he was a new boy that had just moved in. He meets 3 new friends Summer, Trevor and Pigeon. And of course Mrs. White the owner of the Candy shop (Sweet Tooth). Summary: This book starts off with Nate
Cheryl Landmark
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Magical candy, evil magicians, bizarre creatures, talking animals, time travelling—combine all of these elements together and you have a highly creative, imaginative and fun plot from the author who brought us the equally entertaining Fablehaven series (although I think I enjoyed Fablehaven a little more than this one).

The book was not all fun and games, however. It definitely had its darker side as well as it dealt with such serious issues as bullying, young kids carrying out illegal activities
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great book. I read this after completing the Fablehaven series. While not as intense as Fablehaven, the action never got boring and the plot stayed interesting. Brandon Mull is supposed to be working on a sequel once he finishes the Beyonders trilogy. He says in the afterward to the last Fablehaven book that he didn't intend to write a sequel to The Candy Shop War, but he wasn't against it if a good idea for one popped in his head. The Arcadeland Catastrophe (possible title) will hopefull ...more
Another 1 day read. Great book! This was another one I judged by the cover for a year before hearing it was actually good. I should have known Brandon Mull wouldn't just do a kiddy hurt feelings book about elementary school.

The writing and characters are not as deep as Fablehaven, but you have more "main" characters in a larger setting than the first Fablehaven in what was apparently intended to be a stand-alone book. The story is magical and violent just like Fablehaven--but it made me a little
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nate, Summer, Pigeon, and Trevor all are just regular kids who visit an ice cream shop after school to get some penny candy for a snack. But Mrs. White has some candy that has the kids doing amazing things. Like jumping really high and far, making you unbreakable or candy that gave animals the power of human intelligence and speech. That you have to admit would be awesome, but is Mrs. White hiding something and is their old friend Mr. Stott, the ice cream man, helping them or using them?

This b
Nathaniel Hardman
On the back cover of this book is a line something like, "Magical candy that gives kids superpowers - Sweet!" That line does a great injustice to this book. When I read that, I imagined a very dull, paint-by-numbers story in which some kids discover some magic candy, and just because there has to be some conflict, there's an evil wizard or something, and the kids use the magic candy to defeat him. This book is a much more interesting story than that. You have all these different parties with the ...more
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S ...more

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