- File Size: 1728 KB
- Print Length: 137 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mark Bell; 1 edition (September 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009FPRMHU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Adventures of Victoria Noire and Friends (The Mystery of Blackthorn Woods Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Overview: The illustrations throughout are beautifully done and were clear and crisp on my Kindle Fire. The characters are unique; each character brings their own quirky charm to the novel, creating an occassionally comedic and unusual but believable atmosphere. The main character is a brave, adventurous Gothic teenager whose imagination and penchant for the mysterious knows no bounds. The mystery itself is highly creative with both fantasy and supernatural elements that border on incredibly strange without going over the top. All these aspects tied together create a world that feels at times like a Tim Burton creation, perfectly balanced with the author's own individual style.
The Fantastic: The author does NOT shy away from using an advanced vocabulary sprinkled throughout the book. I applaud the author for avoiding the patronizing way in which many children's authors write. Kids are incredibly intelligent and should be treated as such. The author writes in such a way as to deliver a children's book that both entertains while expanding a child's vocabulary.
The Uncertain: Pertaining to the advanced vocabulary, the author utilizes a unique delivery system that I'm not sure if I like or not. Embedded in parentheticals after advanced words or references to places, the author provides the definition/explanation as well as how to interpret the word according to the context. This is a useful tool and I can certainly see the positive for using this method; however, I was repeatedly told as a child to look up words I didn't understand in a dictionary. Doing this taught me some important research skills as a child, so I'm unsure as to whether or not I like the definitions incorporated into the book. Because this is a personal preference, I left this out when deciding on my 4 star rating. Some may love this method-I'm still undecided.
All things considered, I think this is a must read for adolescents-teens. With that said, adults will enjoy reading this as well. This is a great book for all ages to enjoy and I personally look forward to reading more of the Noire family adventures! Enjoy and kudos to the author for writing such a unique and adventurous book.
The book itself has the capability of being good, but there a couple of things that bothered me throughout, which is why I couldn't give it a higher rating.
The characters are probably the biggest mistake, there are instances that I really like them and then it goes back to the whole trying too hard. I also don't know any 16 year old that would act that way, she seemed more like she was 12 or 13.
Also, almost little or no background on the story or the characters, so it was a little hard to keep track of who's who, where we were going with the story and what the point of it all was. I thought the bunny was the most fleshed out character without trying to hard to make him seem clever.
Pictures were great, the villian was super scary and really helped with those parts of the book.
Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11, but it did have great possibilities.
It's easy to be heavy; it's hard to be light. But this book pulls it off by making the heroine a no-nonsense, can do type, with good instincts, a sharp mind, a droll world view and a penchant for wry observations.
If there is any complaint to be made, it revolves around the overly cutesy author/narrator, who just can't leave well enough alone and has to interject, in Lemony Snicket style, with comments on the action and with rather patronizing definitions of words. This clashes with the style and mood of the story, but does fade away during the course of the book, and can be overlooked.
So, with so many fantasy/adventure books out that that tread along the same old same old paths, this is a refreshing and rewarding and very satisfying entertainment.