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The Carver

(Order of the Bell #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  67 reviews
THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly co
Paperback, 1, 370 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Blaze Publishing, LLC
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Chelsies Reading Escape
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
The story is mostly about Pinnochios son, Enzo, searching for his parents with an older Peter Pan who's also looking for his lost wife and son. I liked the mystery aspect of the story but the fortune teller part was a little too convenient. I thought the writing was easy to follow and the switches between time periods and povs were well done. However, I would have liked a more concrete explanation for the magic system.

The concept and the world reminded me a lot of the TV show Once Upon a Time. I
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun. It definitely has a campy feel but I'm okay with it. The author included so many fairy tale characters that at times it just feels silly and ridiculous but always fun. The main characters include: Pietro, the grown up version of Peter Pan, Pino, otherwise known as Pinocchio, who also grew up, Enzo, Pinocchio's son, Rosana, Alice of Wonderland's daughter, Mulan, Prince Charming, Hansel, a fairy princess named Violet and her father Lord Bellamy. Along the way you see man ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GUYS THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING GOOD, I CAN'T EVEN. Idk why I hadn't picked up this book up until yesterday, but I'm soooo glad I finally did! Do you want a review? Well you can't have one at the moment because I was so invested in the story that I did not take any notes😂 sorry (but not really😂). WONDERLAND HERE I COOOOOOME!!! ...more
Avon Van
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading this book in its infancy and watching its progress from draft to publish, and enjoyed every minute. It's a really fun adventure following adult Peter Pan, the son of Pinocchio, and a whole host of familiar faces. There's mystery, adventure, tragedy, and humour, and a whole new layer of depth to these rich stories! ...more
Suze Lavender
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Crescenzo thinks his father just makes wooden toys, he doesn't seek anything behind them. His father is Pinocchio and he knows there's something terribly wrong. Crescenzo's mother and his best friend are missing. His father is smart enough to leave clues before he's being taken as well. When Crescenzo's being told that his father is from a different world and that fairytales are real he doesn't believe a word. However, the evidence keeps piling up. Together with his friend Pietro, who's actually ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting read, and while I did enjoy its storyline, I couldn’t help but question the origin of the ideas in the novel. The writing, however, was flawless and painfully relevant to today’s times, while also adding the essence of fairytales. But I found that this book was largely reminiscent of the television show “Once Upon A Time”, which did make me questions its originality; however, it was an enjoyable read, if not completely original, and today’s teens are sure to enjoy it ...more
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was an intriguing book that had some good elements and some bad. First lets talk about the good. I really liked the uniqueness of the plot and the way that the author re-imagined traditional fairy tale characters, giving their stories new endings and reworking the classic fables. The writing itself was quite good however at times it could be too descriptive. The use of slightly different names or aliases when the charact
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
(A day late) Happy Release Day, Jacob Devlin! Everyone, seriously, check out the Carver! I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Devlin early on with his novel, and it was easily one of my favorites of 2015. I felt that Mr. Devlin had an inspired vision that felt fresh and unique; and something that would be entertaining for all ages. I absolutely couldn't wait for this novel to be published, because I felt like I was in on a secret I couldn't wait to share with my friends and family. The way tha ...more
Audrey Grey
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story was wonderful for so many reasons! Debut author Jacob Devlin has an uncanny ability to weave past and present together--along with the fun fairy tale characters you get to meet on this journey--into an engaging and page-turning plot. I've heard a few people compare it to the tv show Once Upon a Time, and although their are vague similarities, the Carver puts a fresh YA twist on the story that's entirely new! ...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Blaze Publishing, LLC for the review copy.

I will admit that when I saw these books of The Order of the Bell I did not look too closely at the synopsis. Those stunning covers lulled me right in. For that reason I got something I wasn’t entirely expecting. A fairytale continuation in the spirit of Once Upon a Time.

And you know what, I quite enjoyed the story. There are a lot of interesting twists and turns that I wasn’t expected. There were no huge surprises but I never quite knew w
Josie Shinkfield
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok

I really wanted to like this book more. I just really struggled to become invested in the story.

Unfortunately I found the way the story was written (Present day in the 'real world' and the past in 'fairytales' was very jarring), and, for me, too reminiscent of the TV show Once Upon a Time.

The characters also would vary from modern slang to a more formal way of speaking... and then back again with no rhyme or reason.
Sue Holmes
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, young-adult, fantasy, dnf
DNF Further details sent to publisher via Netgalley
Elizabeth S
This story is not usually something I’d pick to read, but as a fluent Italian speaker who was in the mood for a bit of a fairytale, I went for it.

I read this book right when it came out, so it’s been a little while. Nonetheless, I remember The Carver as an enchanting novel that takes the fun concept of classic storybook characters having children and gives it a modern twist.

The best part is that it’s fun. While the plot itself has plenty of dark twists and there are some sad, potentially heart-b
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
Ugh! I had no idea until I got really close to the end that there is another book to follow! I can’t wait!! I have no patience! I want it now!! (Insert toddler having a tantrum)


Okay, I feel better now!

This story encompasses all childhood fairytales! Where there is one main evil witch who wants out of her prison and rule the world! And the world could be the fairytale world or our world or all of it! It was really cool to see the worlds intertwine with one another! The descriptio
Kathryn Rose


I received a copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher.

The Carver is a very fun book. It's an easy read and takes you back to your childhood with characters like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Alice, Mulan, Merlin, Captain Hook, and many more. It feels a little like Once Upon a Time, the television show, in many ways. However, it's different enough that you can appreciate it. I have to say, though, that this book is said to be "Young Adult", but I f

***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

What’s Good: an decent twist on what’s becoming a clichéd, stale idea. Fantasy characters migrating to the Real World and having to return to save everything is nothing new. Author Jacob Devlin invests the tropes with a bit of new life, which is all you can ask for. He also works all the loose ends of the plot into a neat little package; at about 65% or so you’re all caught up. Chapters are short, making for fast and easy reading.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cheryl Jacobs, Kristi Youngberg
Juvenile but fun! I enjoyed the craziness of all the fairytale characters in one story! I have TWO complaints; one is the weird chapter breaks I guess you call them, a big "ef" divided the story when pov changed and I could never figure out what it stood for! The second one is when characters stop for McDonald's Happy Meal and eat hamburgers and wipe MAYO off their mouth...McD burgers don't have mayo!!! Too easy of a detail to get wrong, makes me feel like author didn't do his homework (or never ...more
Sage Knightly
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, balze-publishing

The Carver was difficult to put down. I feel in love with the world and premise quickly, and the characters definitely grew on me. I was intrigued from the start and my attention was only pulled deeper the more I read. I easily got lost in the world, and even though the characters are ones we already know of (Peter Pan, Alice (Wonderland), Hansel and Gretel, and Pinocchio) they still felt realistic and developed.

The writing is mysterious and adventurous, because even when you think they've
Love, Celina
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3,5 stars
This book has such an interesting plot. There are a lot of familiar characters but also a few new ones. I don't have any complains about the writing and I thought the whole story to be intriguing. I think that Hansel's character is one of the most interesting and also Avoria's backstory how she went from good intentions to evil. I can see why Hansel did what he did, even if he really shouldn't have. I, moreover, liked Violets character who is not the cliché good without any mistakes. Th
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
I tried to like it as the synopsis was good, and there were fairy tales living in present day - like "Fables", and its inspired TV shown "Once upon a time"-, but I wasn't able to. I found this book to be jumbled, with three temporal lines: present, some years back and way back. Also, the characters struck me as flat and didn't stick particularly with me. ...more
Susan Cotter
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an imaginative take on classic characters. If you ever wondered how Pinocchio turned out as an adult, you'll want to read this. I loved it. ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fun read!
I've got a weakness for retellings and this one is very unique!
The characters are so great and lovley, I started the sequel right away!
Andy N
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so wonderful I can’t even begin to describe it. A story that takes place in the present and the past with fairytale character that the reader is very familiar with but with a few twists to the story.

Crescenzo is the son of toy maker and craver. The life in the suburb of Virginia is the only place he has ever known and where his mother and best friend disappeared without a trace. Enzo never believed that his father’s works were anything special until the man himself goes missing. To
R.Q. Woodward
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an odd one for me. The story itself ranged between 4 and 5 stars. Sometimes the writing was awkward or terribly cheesy, making it a three star read. The thing that nearly killed it, rating-wise was that I was given a free electronic ARC version of it to read from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, and it was TERRIBLY formatted. Dialogue from one character to another was squished on the same line. Wordsdidn't have spaces betweenthem and

sentences had these awkward paragraph bre
Merie Shen
Who doesn't love a good romp through fairytale world? This was one fun read. I love this specific genre of fairytale novels, in which we are introduced to a world where all fairytales exist separately from the human world. You know, Michael Buckley's Fairy-Tale Detectives, or Mattel's Ever After High, that kind of thing. Basically like Percy Jackson and the Olympians but with fairytales instead of myths. I originally tried out The Carver because the premise sounded promising, and it wasn't far o ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
I knew nothing about the book before I started, so my mind was BLOWN as I started to put the pieces together the more I read. 
Ultimately the book follows various fairy-tale and Disney characters, between this world and another, Florindale.
The main characters; Enzo (Pinnochios son), Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland's daughter as they fight to save their families who have mysteriously disappeared to a different land.

The chapters are broke up between place and time, set between Florindale 25 years
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Carver by Jacob Devlin is a wonderful fairytale. The stories we all know get an interesting sequel that starts with the question what if Peter Pan and Pinocchio grew up? Enzo was a happy child who loved it when his father carved him figurines. His mother’s disappearance changed all that. His neighbor’s wife and son went missing shortly after. When a strange man abducts his father, Enzo learns every story he’s heard is part of his origins. His father is Pinocchio. His best friend is the son o ...more
LitPick Book Reviews
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Carver is a book about Crescenzo and his wild adventure to save the one he loves. Crescenzo is just a regular kid with a father who carves too many figurines and a mom who disappeared a few years ago. One day, his dad, Pino, asks him to accompany his dad's friend, Pietro, on a trip. The next day, when Crescenzo is ready to go with Pietro, his father is taken by a cloaked figure. Terrified, Crescenzo runs to Pietro for answers. Crescenzo thinks Pietro is crazy when he claims to be Peter Pan a ...more
Tynea Lewis
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Carver is a book about Crescenzo and his wild adventure to save the one he loves. Crescenzo is just a regular kid with a father who carves too many figurines and a mom who disappeared a few years ago. One day, his dad, Pino, asks him to accompany his dad's friend, Pietro, on a trip. The next day, when Crescenzo is ready to go with Pietro, his father is taken by a cloaked figure. Terrified, Crescenzo runs to Pietro for answers. Crescenzo thinks Pietro is crazy when he claims to be Peter Pan a ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Carver is like a mashup retelling of fairy tales. This story mostly follows Enzo, Pinnochio's son, on his quest to both learn about his family and to save his missing mother of three years. He meets up with many familiar characters along the way, and the roles they take in this retelling are different and interesting.
The beginning for me was a little slow. I was having trouble grasping who everyone was and getting all their descriptions right in my brain, because as they are familiar charact
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