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The Keeper of Portals Paperback – January 6, 2017
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After Martin and his mother move into this stately old mansion on a cliff's edge, he just happens to find a mysterious door in his room that when he walks through it it leads from the present day directly to the 1600s. While he's then and there he meets a maid called Isabel and the two learn that they'll have to move between time periods in order to stop her master from following through with his nefarious plan.
The Keeper of Portals by V.S. Nelson is a creative, action-packed, time-hopping middle grade novel with a dash of romance and some fantasy elements. The concept of this novel is brilliant and hooked me from the beginning. The short summary above just touches on the basic elements of the story as it would be difficult to say much more without spoiling some things that are better to go into fresh alongside Martin. It has so many things that I enjoy, including time travel (you can probably tell how much I like time travel, if you've spent any time following this blog or my Twitter account!) and the author explains how the time travelling via portals work well,. I particularly liked following Martin and discovering the differences between his home in his time as well as in Isabel's time. Of course, I also enjoyed Isabel quite a bit as she takes everything in and just how well she is able to cope with all of this crazy new information. And, on that note, Martin's reaction to how she is able to take it in stride as she does.
Unfortunately, as much as I enjoyed the novel, there are times where the storyline becomes a little confusing. I felt that there are a few too many characters to keep track of, and sometimes the pacing can be either too slow or too fast. As a result there are a couple moments when I had to reread a section to figure out who was talking and when and where they were. Finally, as I mentioned above there is some romance, but I found the romance unnecessary and at times it needlessly slows down the plot,
Overall, The Keeper of Portals is a fun and suspenseful time travelling adventure. Although it has a few weak points such as odd pacing and needless romance, it's still an entertaining read that does action well. If you are enjoy the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, you may want to try V.S. Nelson's new release. Thanks again for the opportunity to read your new novel, V.S.
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Martin and his mother move to mysterious and old house. Maybe house isn’t really the right term, more like mansion. He find a mysterious door in his room, and it turns out that this door leads directly to the past. Martin meets a lovely girl named Isabel, and they have to work together in order to stop the master of the house from fulfilling his evil plans that could put them all in danger.
I adore time travel books. They’re just so enchanting. Martin and Isabel’s adventures were quite exciting. This book is full of action, and I appreciated the little sprinkle of romance added. It did not overshadow the book, and it was just right for a middle grade novel. I admit that there were times wherein I was confused with the storyline. It was fast paced in some sections, and slow paced in others. I learned how to deal with it, and just read through those pages again.
I appreciate how this story was original and very imaginative. I would love to buy a physical copy of this book, and gift it to my little sister.
Martin, the main character, felt in the vein of Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Brave, kind, likable, easy to relate with. In my opinion, though, Martin wasn't what made this book amazing - Isabel, the supporting-ish character, was. She was completely atypical of how most 17th century girls are written in novels, which was why I was so excited when she entered the book. Isabel is a strong, stubborn, clever maid who readers will instantly like. She adds a lot of character to the story while still not detracting too much from the main action - which was also fantastic. Nelson is a very skilled writer - the action scenes felt as if I were right there, watching it happen before my eyes. There was also quite a bit of suspense in THE KEEPER OF PORTALS - the entire time, I was on the edge of my seat. I actually attempted to forgo a night of Chanukah in order to finish reading this book.
There was also a lot of creativity in this book. Readers looking for a fresh, but still familiar, story will be extremely pleased with THE KEEPER OF PORTALS. And although there is a little bit of romance between Isabel and Martin, nothing is taken too far, which makes it a wonderful read for kids 8 and on all the way into adults. The writing was sophisticated, but nothing younger kids would struggle with - in fact, I hardly thought about the writing at all since the story flowed so nicely. There were no flaws that I noticed, but then again, even if there were I don't think I would care, since the story pulled me in right from the start and never let go.
Overall, a fantastic read for kids and adults alike!
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchanged for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.
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