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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Journal Entry: Day 95

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It was raining when Dad left to go find the Gonzales.  I think it was the first time I have seen rain since this whole ordeal started.  Courtney was all tears watching him leave. Once you could no longer see them in the distance Courtney latched on to me and did not let go.  She crushed all the air out of my lungs with inhuman strength. Lily had to step in to break it up. Once she saw me go from bright red to blue.  Pretty sure Courtney bruised one of my ribs. Lily lead Courtney back inside the cabin. Mom had to go inside once Dad got into the Beast Brooke was a mess too.  I even saw a few tear from Lily. Going to be a lot of emotions in the cabin. I wanted to warn Will a head of time before he came over. Sure he has a sister, but only one sister.  He has never witnessed the storm emotion from three at once.

 

Jobs still needed to be done even though Dad was leaving and it was raining.  I managed to save Will from the estrogen onslaught once he arrived. Each person deals with stress in their own way.  Crying and a lot of hugging was not how I handled it, but it worked for my sisters. Today’s job would have been to cut some firewood, but I talked mom into letting us clean the kitchen in the mess hall. Little did Mom know is that I cleaned most of it already. Giving Will and I some free time after we finished what was left.  The mess hall has a large screen tv and a few arcade games cabinets in it. We got a few hours of goofing off in and none was the wiser.

 

Will and I headed  back to our cabin in the early afternoon.  Mom and Lily cooked dinner which was fantastic.  Courtney, Brooke and Beth baked a large cake for dessert.  Everyone seem to be over this mornings ordeal. While we ate Courtney went of the basics on how to play DnD with Will and Beth.  Then later in the evening Olivia and Megan came over. Will got strong armed into playing a fighter while Beth the cleric. We played long into the night until Mom broke up the fun. Tomorrow was still a school day and that stack of firewood still needed to be chopped.  Mom checked in with Dad once everyone left. It seems everything is going to plan on their end. The rescue party should reach the spot where the Gonzales last checked in sooner than expected. I still have a bad feeling about them being out with all those charred. Who knows how bad things have gotten close to the main city.

 

 

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.

Journal Entry: Day 94

Day 94

I guess  getting back to a normal life will have to wait again.  The charred attack a last night. They injured two people bad enough that surgery was needed.  I don’t know the people that were attacked, but Dad seems upset about it. Where do these things keep coming from?  To make things worse the Gonzales have still not checked in and a search party is being formed to go look for them. The beast is back to running shape again and Dad volunteered to drive.  Mom was not happy with that. I didn’t think a person face could turn that color when she found out. In total six people will be leaving to try and track them down. Dad, Mr and Mr.s Robinson, Fremont, Miller and Mr.Jack.  Miller is a retired US marine and one of the nicest people in the world. Mr.jack is the second in command of security and is not a fan of kids.

 

The plan is to go where the Gonzalez last checked in and try to track them down.    Their route was the back road that I am really really thankful we didn’t take. It is way to windy for my stomach.  The trip there and back should only take a week, so Mom will be incharge while Dad is gone. Which isn’t she always incharges anyways?  Cars have been know to break down on that route, so I hope that is all that happened. Though that was before the charred. When we broke down the longer we stay put the more we were attacked.  Will and Beth will be staying with us while the Robinsons are gone. At least there was that good news. Though having Beth stay the night might be a bit challenging. I still don’t know who read my journal, but I am sure my crush on her will be brought up sometime this week.  Courtney is going to start a D&D campaign tomorrow night. Can you believe both Will and Beth have never played before. Megan and Olivia are going to join us to! At least there will be something to take my mind off Dad being gone. For their first campaign Courtney is going to run Ravenloft.  Will and Beth are in for a treat! Now to get some rest. Because even though Dad is leaving doesn’t mean I will get to sleep in tomorrow.