11. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, 351 pages, read by Angie, on 07/11/2012

On one hand I really didn’t like this book. The characters were horrible children and really unlikeable. On the other hand I kind of wanted to find out how everything was going to turn out so I just kept reading the book.

Kendra and Seth get dropped off at their grandparents for a couple of weeks while their parents go on a cruise. Grandpa isn’t really thrilled to have them visit, but he doesn’t really tell them why. Just tells them that they have to stay in the house and the yard; they can’t go in the woods or the barn. Of course, Seth being the inquisitive kid he is doesn’t listen and soon ventures out into the woods to discover all sorts of things. Turns out that Grandpa is the caretaker for Fablehaven, a safe haven/refuge for all kinds of magical creatures. The children are finally let in on the secret, but of course Grandpa still doesn’t explain everything to them. He only tells them that the woods are dangerous and they shouldn’t enter them. Then on the most dangerous night of all Seth disobeys and bad things happen.

Basically this book is about a kid who doesn’t listen and who always does what he is told not to do and who never gets in trouble for it. Seth is not likeable; there are no consequences for his actions and he doesn’t seem to learn any lessons from his errors. Kendra seems like a nonentity for most of the book. She basically does nothing until the last 50 pages. Grandpa could be more open and really explain the rules and the reasons behind them, but he doesn’t and he doesn’t really punish the kids when they break the rules. I am not sure what the point of this book is. It is entertaining in parts, but the lack of really good characters makes it a hard sell. I know it is a popular series but I will not be reading any more of it.

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