19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fantasy, Fiction, Teen Books

Abarat (Abarat #1) by Clive Barker, 432 pages, read by Angie, on 01/07/2012

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the premise of it and it reminds me a little of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making, which I loved. The problem I had with the book was that it was sooo long and it really dragged story-wise in a lot of places. I also thought it was kind of repetitious and there was just way too much going on. I enjoyed the character of Candy Quakenbush from Chickentown; she is spunky and fun as are many of the other characters. It just seemed like some of it got lost in the shuffle. I know this is part of a series, but I also wish there was more resolution to the plots of this book by the end. You definitely have to read the rest of the series to find out what happens.

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