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BUDDY READ:Paranormal/Fantasy > Fablehaven (Fablehaven #1) by Brandon Mull - Starting February 1st 2020

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Justin Vance | 28 comments Courtney and Justin are reading this February 2020


Courtney | 11424 comments For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken -- Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good -- powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.


Justin Vance | 28 comments Chapter 1-Chapter 6
I love Seth's comedy. I think it makes him my favorite character. "Why didn't you tell us Grandpa Sorenson lived in India?" I love how realistic it makes the book seem.

In fact, the first chapter believably establishes the world in multiple ways. When Mull describes the feeling of the gravel as Kendra stepped out of the car, it reminded me of the feel and smell of gravel when I would step out of the car on a camping vacation. The visceral reaction I had to the description made it seem real.

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Justin Vance | 28 comments Chapter 7- Chapter 12
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Courtney | 11424 comments Starting now :)


Courtney | 11424 comments Chapter 1 (view spoiler)


Justin Vance | 28 comments Courtney wrote: "Chapter 1 [spoilers removed]"
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Courtney | 11424 comments Justin wrote: "Courtney wrote: "Chapter 1 [spoilers removed]"
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I know that was why he was so awkward. He just didnt play it to well.


Courtney | 11424 comments Chapter 6 (view spoiler)


Courtney | 11424 comments Chapter 7 (view spoiler)


Courtney | 11424 comments Chapter 10 (view spoiler)


Courtney | 11424 comments Justin wrote: "Chapter 7- Chapter 12
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Seth definitely seems to have problems with learning from his mistakes. Lol


Courtney | 11424 comments Chapter 14 (view spoiler)


Courtney | 11424 comments Finished and I loved it just as much as the first time.


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments I'm late but will start this tomorrow :)


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Scrap that! It seems super fun so I'm going to start right now :)


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments First quarter - (view spoiler)


Courtney | 11424 comments Dannii wrote: "First quarter - (view spoiler)


Yeah the bickering can get annoying at times.


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Justin wrote: "Chapter 1-Chapter 6
I love Seth's comedy. I think it makes him my favorite character. "Why didn't you tell us Grandpa Sorenson lived in India?" I love how realistic it makes the book seem.

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This is my first time reading this series but I completely agree with you. I could taste, smell, and touch the world he had created. I couldn't always visualise it, though.


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Courtney wrote: "Dannii wrote: "First quarter - This initially showed Kendra and Seth moving temporarily into their grandparents' home. It is a beginning I have seen much in younger fantasies and yet I'm still not..."

Luckily it didn't impact my enjoyment for toooo long.


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Second quarter - (view spoiler)


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Third quarter - (view spoiler)


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Fourth quarter - (view spoiler)


Courtney | 11424 comments Dannii wrote: "Third quarter - [spoilers removed]"

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Courtney | 11424 comments Dannii wrote: "Fourth quarter - [spoilers removed]"

I would drink it too. Lol


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Lily (galvadonexnorta) | 212 comments Dannii wrote: "First quarter - This initially showed Kendra and Seth moving temporarily into their grandparents' home. It is a beginning I have seen much in younger fantasies and yet I'm still not bored of it.

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I was fine with this the first time but the plot seemed to move slower the second time.


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Lily (galvadonexnorta) | 212 comments Courtney wrote: "Dannii wrote: "Third quarter - [spoilers removed]"

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He’s so bratty and immature throughout the whole book. You would think he would have SOME character development towards the end.


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Lily (galvadonexnorta) | 212 comments Dannii wrote: "Fourth quarter - [spoilers removed]"

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Lily (galvadonexnorta) | 212 comments Courtney wrote: "Dannii wrote: "Fourth quarter - [spoilers removed]"

I would drink it too. Lol"


I hope I would drink it. I feel like I would be far too suspicious but at the same time, I’m bad at messing with stuff I shouldn’t.


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Lily (galvadonexnorta) | 212 comments One of the big downsides for me was the solution to every problem. A book, in my opinion, should have some problems that just can’t be solved in any way, but there was none of that. It could be due to the book targeting a middle school audience.


Courtney | 11424 comments Lily wrote: "Dannii wrote: "Fourth quarter - [spoilers removed]"

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One of the saddest things about this series is she never really comes back.


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Courtney | 11424 comments Lily wrote: "Courtney wrote: "Dannii wrote: "Fourth quarter - [spoilers removed]"

I would drink it too. Lol"

I hope I would drink it. I feel like I would be far too suspicious but at the same time, I’m bad at..."



Im a bit chicken so I would drink it and then probably pull a Kendra and stay in bed haha


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Lily wrote: "Courtney wrote: "Dannii wrote: "Fourth quarter - [spoilers removed]"

I would drink it too. Lol"

I hope I would drink it. I feel like I would be far too suspicious but at the same time, I’m bad at..."


Same! I'd totally be Alice drinking the potions in Wonderland or sipping at the milk here lol.


Justin Vance | 28 comments Dannii wrote: "First quarter - This initially showed Kendra and Seth moving temporarily into their grandparents' home. It is a beginning I have seen much in younger fantasies and yet I'm still not bored of it.

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I understand, but I also think the bickering is really funny sometimes. Maybe I'm immature though.


Justin Vance | 28 comments Dannii wrote: "Justin wrote: "Chapter 1-Chapter 6
I love Seth's comedy. I think it makes him my favorite character. "Why didn't you tell us Grandpa Sorenson lived in India?" I love how realistic it makes the book..."


I agree! My finished review of this book includes that there was some improved world-building needed by the end of the book. It was off to a great start, though.


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Dannii Elle (danniiellereads) | 8286 comments Justin wrote: "Dannii wrote: "First quarter - This initially showed Kendra and Seth moving temporarily into their grandparents' home. It is a beginning I have seen much in younger fantasies and yet I'm still not ..."

Definitely not immature! I struggle with humour in books, for some reason. I cry often but have never read one that really makes me laugh out loud. I am definitely the exception here, not you :)


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