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The Golden Fountain

2.30  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Golden Fountain is the story of a twelve-year old Benjamin, a rebellious boy whose fierce desire to become a leader is threatened by the children disappearing around his city. The citizens of the city has long suffered their children’s disappearance, but the fact that they were never discovered leads Benjamin to finally decide one thing; he would creep on-board a ship ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2018 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 55%

Okay, so some middle grade are for me and some aren’t and this is one that just isn’t.

First of there is basically no world building at all! You are just thrown into this parallel world to our own that makes no sense and then nothing is explained. Maybe it will be in the end but I just can’t force myself to push through another 150 pages when I don’t care. And yes this is parallel to our world, it’s basically our world but they slightly changed the spelling of everything and then threw s
Frankie Onye
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

I DNF'd this 4 chapters in.

I tried, trust me, I did, but it was just...boring.

First off, I had no gripping of the setting and had no idea what time period was supposed to be showing. I'm all for mixing up different points of time into a high fantasy setting, if that was the intention, but I would also like not being confused when reading it. My view on this is show this at once to avoid giving the reader whiplash.

Second, the dialogue. It is so stilted and awkwa
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Okay, so I hate to admit it, but this was the first book I DNFed for ages, and I did not do it lightly. But this whole book had too many loose ends and no red line to follow through.

Let us begin with the world building: There was no real world building. Like for real. The author just created a parallel universe to ours with slightly different names. And the lush writing made me feel like I am in a midcentury Arabian country, but there were all these European names like Nadine and April, and they
Amna Ikhlaq
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, I DNF'ed this book at just 17%. I was looking forward to reading this given the premise but I really struggled once I actually started the book. The audience is thrust head first into the parallel universe which is mostly just names of real life places altered a bit. At first the setting seems medieval but then telephones are brought up. It's hard to tell the ages of the cha
Trey Stone
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Golden Fountain follows a young boy named Benjamin on his strange and magical journey through the kingdom of Aradia. After saving Prince Adam’s life, the two boys quickly become friends, and are both caught up in a huge conspiracy involving missing children, war in distant lands, and a magical fountain.
The premise of the story is great, and the world it unfolds in is vivid and magical, enough to grip any young reader.
But the way it’s done breaks it for me. The writing is often basic, and nea
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Found this very hard going. It reads like it was written by a child. The plot is very haphazard and incoherent. It meanders and has no depth. Everything is very surface level and two dimensional. It’s almost like the author plotted every single twist in what they thought would be really thrilling and exciting and then tired to fill in the gap. It didn’t feel organic. Took far too long to read - DNF @ 45%
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 *
Although this is a great book magic is just not something i have been into atleast i havent found one yet but for those who do enjoy magic and mystery type books would be thrilled with this book
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