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The main character, Sarah, is a teenager who feels like she doesn't fit in. She's not very far into the book when she discovers just how much she doesn't fit in the world where she grew up. Every teenager can relate to feeling out of place and wanting friends. And every teenager dreams of discovering some amazing gift or talent that would make them truly special and garner respect among his or her peers. This book hits right at the trigger points for young adults and allows the reader to "live the dream."
The dialogue felt natural and comfortable for a group of teenagers, rather than forced, as is often the case when an adult is writing for young adults. But there was plenty of action to keep us older folks intrigued. Indeed, I had to keep reading late into the night to finish the story. That the book ends on a cliff-hanger is my only real criticism, but it's not enough to make me give this book four stars instead of five.
If you like an action-packed, imaginative, young adult fantasy, you'll love this book!
This is a fun, cartoonish kind of book that's aimed squarely at the mid-teen audience. Although I'm (alas) far from mid teen these days, and I did find it enjoyable. Think Pokeman meets Harry Potter and you get the basic idea.
This was a quick and engaging read, and very well edited. I was extremely impressed with that aspect of the book.
I did, however, feel like this book could have take us farther. The biggest problem I had is I could not picture any of the characters in my head, which is an important thing to me. Aside from Imogen (that mysterious new girl) and Garl, the god of gnomes, the others are all kind of flat, with little variation in terms of speech patterns and precious little detail so they really stand out. This is especially true for the elementals, who truly need to. Garl is the best, he's described as a bit of a prankster and smiles and teases a lot, but I didn't really get a sense of the other ones at all. Do they speak differently? Do they have weird habits? What do they really look like? Since the main character, who is a bit on the Mary Sue side, gets to know several of the elementals quite intimately, you would they think would come alive more.
The same is true for the setting. Despite much of the book taking place in a strange new location most of us cannot see, this world seems one dimensional rather than fifth dimensional. It appears to be pastoral in nature and its inhabitants seem to live a communal kind of existence. That's all were told. The final section (which involves a kind of castle) was a complete blur and it was really hard to follow exactly what was going on--and, as mentioned, the ending was extremely abrupt.
Part of the problem is that large sections of the book are mostly dialogue, with little variation in terms of speaking style. People are delivering exposition, not telling a story. I think I had a much better sense of what was going on at the beginning of the book, where the author provided a lot more detail. The first few chapters in school and meeting Imogen were marvelously played out. The notes that appear and disappear, for example, were really fun and I loved Sarah's first visit with Imogen. Having read that, I was preparing myself for another Harry Potter-type wild ride.
Once we entered the fifth dimension, things started to flatten for me. Part of this may be the main character: it's really hard to make someone god-like and "just a normal kid" at the same time. Perhaps if the other kids who live in the fifth dimension were introduced a bit earlier, that would have helped to humanize her a lot (and, we had gotten to know them better).
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm giving it four stars but it has the potential to be a whole lot more.
(side note) As a parent, I'm not sure I feel completely secure with a bunch of moody, hormonal teenagers saving the planet :)
I am giving this book 5 stars because it was well written, well-edited, and the story was engaging; however, I wasn't thrilled with the ending. I don't mind a little teasing for sequels, but it felt like it ended a bit abruptly.
Sarah is able to jump between dimensions and is caught up in a battle against evil, which affects both dimensions. The author surprises us with some clever plot twists and the story always moves at a good pace.
I was so wrapped up in the story that I was disappointed when I reached the end as I was keen to find out what happens next. It wasn't the cliff hanger ending that left me disappointed but the knowledge the next book in the series is not yet available. Hurry up author with the next book!
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