Fablehaven

Review Jacob Pelley
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Book Blurb

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

Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.

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Settings

Modern Fantasy is one of my favorite settings when done right. This book did it right. It took the things we enjoy in the modern world and put them in a cabin like setting. The grounds of Fablehaven feel like that park you visited as a kid and always found something new about it. There was the safe area you parents told you to play in and when they were distracted had the fun adventurous parts. Brandon Mull does a excellent job  of world building while letting the reader still imagine what the world could look like. It feels like you could spend your whole life in Fablehaven and never see it all.

Main Characters

There are two Main characters and a host of support characters. Even though the story is around Seth Sorenson and his sister Kendra all the supporting characters are well done and relevant to the over all plot. If you have a high energy little boy in your life you can relate to Seth character easily. Kendra is a little dry, but will grow on you. She is the kid that never leaves the safe zone of the playground unless she knows for sure can get away with it. I feel like all the mistakes Seth makes in this book I would have made them too.

 

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Recommendation and Ratings 

If you are a fan of Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Adventure, and Clean family friendly Fantasy  this could be the book for you.  If you are taking a plane or bus trip this is the perfect book for that. It took me two days of leisurely reading this book to finsh it. To this day I still pick it up and read it once a year. Overrall 5/5 for a great family book that you can pass to your kids one day. This book could be a stand alone and you could be content with how it ends. Thankfully there is five in the series and a new run that just started if you wanted more.

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z:
An oral history of the zombie war
By Max Brooks
 Review by Jacob Pelley
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Book Blurb

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Settings

This book is set in the world after the zombie apocalypse. Humainty has won the day and now it is time to reclaim what is thiers. The story goes over the cause, the effect and the failings of humainty during  the zombie apocalypse. It also goes over the trumpits and the sacrifices people had to endure to survive. The history is vast, but manageable to take all in. From the battle of Yonkers, to the rise of Cuba the author crafts a great narrative of what the landscape looked like during and afterwards.

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Main Characters 

There is no real main character of this book outside of the Interviewer. He is cataloging s major events from people perspectives that survived.  Though I did have a favriote story and that was from Todd Wainio a soilder at the battle of Yonkers. He is even voiced by Mark Hamill in the audiobook. Each interview is relevant to the over all story and intresting. I did find the Whackos parts a little slower in pacing than the rest.

 

Recommendation and Ratings 

If you are fan of  Science Ficition, Thrillers with a supernatural side, A little bit of humor in your Science Ficition or Zombies this is the book for you. I give this book 4/5 due to its garphic nature. This is a rated R book, so not suitable for kids under the age of 16. Now if you are over the age of 16 and okay with that rating this is a 5/5 book. This is one of my favorite audiobooks of all times. The book is an fantastic read, but the audiobook is just amazing. Here is a small list of the voice actors Max Brooks, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, Denise Crosby, Bruce Boxleitner,  Jeri Ryan, Mark Hamill, Rob Reiner and Rene Auberjonois. If you had to choose between reading this book or listing to it go the listing route 100%. Also avoid the movie at all cost it pretty much has nothing to do with the book.

Child of the DayStar

 

Child Of The Daystar

Book one of the Wing of War Series

By Bryce O’ Connor

Book review by Jacob Pelley

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Book Blurb
Among the scattered fringe cities bordering the Cienbal desert, the true name of the Monster of Karth is spoken only in whispers…

Raz i’Syul Arro.

A sellsword of the utmost caliber, Raz is a killer of paramount skill and highest regard. Towering tall even amongst the atherian, he is the only of his kind to live free in the “civilized” confines of mankind’s varied cultures. He has no need of loyalties, his sole affections pledged to the gold crowns that buy his time and skills. Wed to his blades, Raz’s only friends are the Moon and Her Stars and the shadows they bring with the night.

But Raz was not born to the mercenary’s way, to the butchery and battle of day-by-day survival. Raz, like a sword, was hammered from steel and fire and ashy smoke, forged on the ruins of an old life. And Raz knows who he owes this new path to, this carved way of blood and iron. The Monster of Karth, after all, would never forget who gave him that name.

And some debts can’t be paid in gold…

 

Settings 

Bryce O’Connor did a great job of world building in this book. At times I could feel the heat of the dessert sun on my neck. Other times the chill of the winter winds from the north. The pacing in this book was good. Something you could read and come back to easliy.  This is a epic fantasy book and I always judge these books harshly for its settings. The Auhor did a great job on coming through on that end. Yes there is magic, other races and monsters that feel natrual to this  world. Tolken would be pleased with the work.

 

Main Characters 

The main and supporting character are beileveable and likeable. Raz is a well rounded protagonist. Even though he is not human he is written like someone you could have dinner with. I was not a big fan of Sryah.  I usally wanted to get past the Syrah chapters and get back to Raz. Though Sryahs development is important  her first chapters are  weaker.

 

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Recommendation and Ratings 

If you are a fan of Fanstay, Epic fanstay, Horror, Dark fanstay this could be a good fit for you. This book is not for people under the age of 16 as it gets a little graphics. I would give this book 4/5 stars. The only reason why I knocked of 1 star is that I can’t reccomend it to people of all ages. If you want to check out more of the Authors work you can find it here. https://www.bryceoconnorbooks.com/dragon-fantasy-the-wings-of-war/. Which BTW he has one of the nicest Author web pages I have ever seen.