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Marabel and the Book of Fate

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother--and their kingdom.

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Bentley ★
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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I am a total kid at heart. I basically cannot resist a Middle Grade story with an interesting sounding fantasy premise and a beautiful cover. When I came across this browsing Netgalley, I knew I had to request it and was pleasantly surprised to find myself approved.

Marabel and the Book of Fate is a wonderful contemporary fantasy fairy tale for kids eager to break into worlds other than their own. Marabel, Princess of a land called
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco. Marco....The Chosen One....the one the prophesies all say the kingdom has been waiting 1000 years for. It's a bit hard to stand out in the crowd when your twin is destined to be the answer to everything. Most days nobody in Magikos even notices her. That makes it much easier to sneak in fencing lessons in the old tower and do other unladylike, fun things. But, one day adventure finally finds Marabel.....and her life will never be the ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited about this book, when I heard about it. I wanted to like it, I really did. There were some good parts, but I had a hard time really getting into this story. I wouldn’t tell a kid not to read it, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, either. Some of the problems that Marabel faces can be entertaining, some were a bit ridiculous and not really necessary for moving the story forward. The technological parallels between our world and Magikos seemed out of place. I am not a fan of ...more
This was nicely done and had some scenes where I was chuckling, such as the wizfi password. A lot of the humor seemed meant more for adults than kids. It tried a bit too hard to be politically correct, right down to ending up with no bad guys, although you think throughout that there is a bad guy. Actually, that isn't completely correct but it is in essence. Marabel has always been ignored because her twin is The Chosen One, which Marabel also believed and was fine with since her twin was such a ...more
Julie Carpenter
A princess, magic, a best friend, a talking unicorn (who is quite funny and easily distracted), an invisible wall, a feuding aunt, goblins, ogres, giants, The Book of Fate, wizards, secret passage way, caves, dungeons, a wooden sword, siblings, fun and adventure.

I have a household of fantasy lovers and book readers and this is one that I am excited to share with them all. I think many young girls (boys too) will enjoy reading about the adventure of princess Marabel and her friend Ellie as they
Fun and funny this is a fantasy that is a great read alike for Land of Stories.
Zayda (Babybibliophile)
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 8 to adult
Recommended to Zayda by: Little Brown Young Readers
Shelves: advanced-readers
Find yourself lost within the pages of Tracy Barrett’s writing as you travel through dangerous lands and encounter all kinds of magical beasts and beings! Containing adventure, epic battles, bravery, and friendship; Marabel and The Book of Fate is an amazing read!

In the kingdom of Magikos, the citizens follow the text of the Book of Fate, an ancient volume filled with sayings and predictions of the future. According to the Book of Fate, once the Chosen One is born, peace and luck shall befall
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marabel and her twin, Marco are the eldest children of the King of Magikos: but while Marco is seen as the “chosen one” as predicted by the Book of Fate, she is almost universally ignored. Not pretty, not girlish, not even particularly friendly with the princesses from other lands, Marabel thrives on her fencing lessons with Old Lucius, her time with her best friend and ladies maid Elle, and wondering just why she’s got no apparent role.

But when on their thirteenth birthday celebration Marco is
Sabrina Roy
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. There were a few parts that make me roll my eyes with trying to bring some of the 'hip' stuff currently in real life into the book, just twisting the name a different bit. But I love magical type books. Sometimes reading not super in depth books is great. I like that there is going to be more of these as it was left open for more. Not in a huge plot what if but a nice ooooh there will be
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I almost wanted the title to be just about Marabel or Marabel of Magikos, Shadow Princess, something more intriguing. I don't know if I want to read a book with the word book in it, especially if the cover looks so young and non-mysterious. With the title and the picture together, it could be about a girl who fantasizes that the is a princess in this "Book of Fate" when in reality she is a sad, lonely girl who reads to escape and the adventures are in her mind, like a story about a girl who is ...more
Alana White
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Enchanting! Expect the pleasantly unexpected here. Although Marco is "the Chosen One" and the future king of Magikos and Marabel, his twin sister, has grown up knowing she is second best, it is she who mounts a rescue mission to save him when he is kidnapped. As the story unfolds, Marabel and her best friend face fairies and dragons and more, not to mention the realization that if their mission fails, her brother and Magikos might be forever lost. I especially appreciated the fact Marabel's ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magical creatures. spells, and a mysterious Chosen One, Marabel is a perfect story to read to begin a foundation of great fantasy story telling. I loved this book as did my own kids who are teenagers. We laughed at the unicorn's antics and like the promise of creatures such as giants and witches, The story holds good mystery and a fun way to introduce the realms of magic to young ones. A perfect mate to the Harry Potter stories...
Oct 27, 2018 added it
Shelves: owned-read, ya-mg, arc
I read this book along with my 8 year old daughter, here is her review, since kids are the intended audience:

I like this book because its SORTA like me. Except Marabel fights goblins, dragons, and befriends ogres. I also like how they added a unicorn. Floriano is sarcastic, funny, and completely how a unicorn should be. Mostly because he loves gazing at himself in the mirror. Like any unicorn should. Thats my review!
So cute. My ten year old loved this.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
A great story about standing up for yourself and recognizing your inner strengths. I'll be directing my young nieces to it when it's released.
Received from netgalley for review.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marabel and the Book of Fate is a pretty good read. I found it to be enjoyable.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
Fun, fun, fun read a loud! So many fun references to pop culture or common story book stereotypes. Strong female characters.
Rachelle Sperling
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Marabel lives in a world where events are seen as pre-determined by Fate and in particular by a Book that foretells the fate of individuals and nations. But when her brother is put into peril and the interpretation of the book says to sit back and do nothing, Marabel, moved by her love for her brother, decides that she needs to act on his behalf. What if the book is wrong? What if there is no pre-determined fate? Or what if there is and it’s being interpreted incorrectly? These are some of the ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing was okay, but this book didn't engage me. l can see how some middle grade readers might like it, though. Full review to come.

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I read a fair amount of middle grade literature, and I'm often amazed by how gorgeous, textured, and wonderful those books are. That was not a feeling I had when I finished Marabel and the Book of Fate. That doesn't make this a bad book. It tells a decent story, but nothing that knocked my socks off. However, I can see where it might be far more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not that impressed. There's nothing offensive about any of the morals or anything in Marabel and the Book of Fate, but it just isn't that engaging. The technology-in-fantasy puns like "WizFi" were cute, and the snarky unicorn was cool, but the characters never really drew me in. This is mostly a journey book about Marabel setting out to rescue her twin brother, but the obstacles she encounters are pretty dull and the anti-climax at the end of the journey was just... ugh. I did like the moral at ...more
Jes Reads
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not one to normally read children's fantasy but when I read the description for Marabel and the Book Of Fate I could't help myself. This book follows our main character Marabel, a princess in a magical land called Magikos. She's the forgotten sibling who lives in the shadow of her twin brother Marco- the Chosen One. Their society is directed by The Book of Fate, but when Marco is kidnapped Marabel starts realizing that things she once believed aren't always true.

Going into this book I had to
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Oh boy...I admit, I'm a kid at heart. I find myself reading more books aimed at kids than towards adults, mostly because I find most books written for adults to be either boring, melodramatic, or just don't appeal to me. I'm a sucker for a good fantasy adventure or a cute slice-of-life story about kids going through school problems or animals dealing with their own issues, so on and so forth. But just because I like certain books doesn't mean I'm not going to point out their flaws. When I first ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is suitable for children ages 8–10. It follows Princess Marabel, twin sister of the chosen one, Marco. In Marabel’s kingdom, Magikos, the Book of Fate is used as the basis of major laws and decisions. When Marabel’s Aunt Mab kidnaps Marco and holds him for ransom, Marabel decides to run off and rescue Marco. Accompanying her are her maid, Ellie, and a unicorn, Floriano.

Marabel and the Book of Fate is vapid, full of plot holes and inconsistencies,
Armando Negron
Marabel and the Book of Fate is a cute story about a young teenage princess that sets out on an adventure to help a loved one against all odds and advise. In the process she is able to discover her very own potential that had long been ignored by those closest to her.

Being the little sister (by one minute) of "The Chosen One" (go Matrix!) she has had to learn to live in the shadows of here brother. But love for her family has not allowed this to make her bitter, and quite the contrary she loves
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
*Received an ARC as part of my job as a bookseller.

This was a sweet and funny fantasy tale. It has a sprinkling of various mythologies and fairytales mixed in with some modern dialect and even some adaptations of modern devices (they have their own twitter called Flitter and there was a version of video games at one point). A fun read for anyone into fantasy and adventure.

I enjoyed this book! It had me laughing quite a bit (think snarky unicorn!!) and Marabel was quite clever. There was also a
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
A BIG Thank You to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of “Marabel and the Book of Fate” by Tracy Barrett in exchange for my honest review.

This was such a fun book to read!

The book is written in a very simple manner and progresses so nicely that you never feel like it is dull even for a minute. It was one of those books that I really didn’t want to put down as it was so entertaining! Each adventure that the team faces as they go on their mission to save Marco is thrilling, but is
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Marabel and the Book of Fate" is a wonderful middle grade fantasy that is sure to become a quick favorite. Marabel is a princess of Magikos, where she lives with her father, stepmother (but not an evil stepmother), twin brother, and younger siblings. Magikos has banished most magical creatures, which they call Evils, to the outerlands, which are ruled by her Aunt Mab. Magikos lives under the strict rule of the Book of Fate, which they have taken literally, and the Book says that Marco, born on ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Ohio E Book copy

Marabel has always lived in the shadow of her slightly older twin brother, Marco, since the Book of Fate that the kingdom of Magikos always consults has deemed him The Chosen One. It doesn't hurt that he's talented, brilliant, and super nice, but Marabel has many fine qualities of her own that her parents can't see. When her aunt Mab, who rules the Barrens, crashes the twins' 13th birthday celebration and kidnaps her brother, Marabel knows that only she can rescue him, since
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Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really ...more