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Do You Take This Quest? (The Bookania Quests) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 11, 2013
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-New friends. I enjoyed meeting Madeline, Serendipity, Solomon, Shira, and many other new characters. Their gifts (whether intentional or mixed-up) made for quite a few amusing situations, and the characters themselves were mostly easy to like. Ok, fine, Shira wasn’t always so easy, but she was still fun to meet.
-Fairy Tale References. I didn’t get all of these, I’m afraid . . . but I got enough. Trying to pick out some of the more obscure ones was a great deal of fun.
-Humor. Whether in the form of puns, unexpected situations, or unusual takes on common idioms, Kendra always makes sure there’s plenty to smile at in her stories.
-Lack of Suspense. I don’t expect an edge-of-the-seat thriller when I pick up a Bookania novel. But Do You Take This Quest? seemed to lack any urgency at all. Except for a few bits here and there, I didn’t notice any overarching uncertainty, or any sections at all where I was truly worried for the characters.
-Rough Writing. I really wish this book had gone through another round of edits/proofing- my brain kept trying to go into editing mode whenever I noticed a missing word or a section of prose that could’ve been tightened up. It’s not as bad as in some books, but it’s still distracting.
-Robin. I really don't like Robin, ok? She grates on me. She’s very like Clara from Water Princess, Fire Prince . . . but without the book and movie references and without Andrew’s moderating influence. So, yeah. Thankfully, there was less of her in this book than there was in the first book.
Overall, Do You Take This Quest? isn’t an amazing book, but it’s still a fun, quick read.
Best for Ages: 10 - 18
I was not feeling well and was scrolling through my Kindle, looking for something light and mindless to read. When I can upon a copy of Do You Take This Quest? that I bought a while back, I decided it was perfect.
Like the first book in the series, Sew, It's a Quest, it is a lighthearted mash-up of multiple fairytales. Robin and Robert still are the main characters, and Arthur is introduced into the mix, promising an Arthurian legend book for the third installment in the series.
Robin was my least favorite part of the book, being highly annoying and inconsistent. She is getting married, but gets mad at her twin brother for wanting to get married. She also seemed not to be very excited about her own wedding, making me feel sorry for her husband-to-be.
I love the Sleeping Beauty’s castle and the interactions between the people who have been asleep for a hundred years. It was so fun to see them interact with each other and the outside world.
If you are looking for a lighthearted story and an easy read, and like fairytales, I recommend this book.
In this volume, we meet Arthur, prince of Britton, whose uncle Mordeth seems intent on keeping the throne to himself. Arthur's friend, a mysterious old man he calls Grandfather, convinces Arthur he needs some allies to help him take his rightful place as king, but Mordeth has prevented Arthur from ever visiting other kingdoms, so the prince has had no chance to gain any. So "Grandfather" very cleverly obtains Mordeth's permission to let Arthur attend the wedding of another prince, whisking Arthur away before his uncle can change his mind.
Meanwhile, Princess Robin of Locksley, Prince Eric of Winthrop, Princess Doranna and her faithful Casperl are pretty much where we left them in "Sew, It's a Quest"--just outside the old, thorn-surrounded castle where Robert--Robin's twin brother--has just entered, in search of the sleeping princess who has been trapped there for the last hundred years.
Ardnek ties up some loose ends and answers a few questions that were left unanswered at the end of "Sew"--such as what happened to Robert and Robin's Great-great-aunt Madeliene--as well as ones we may not have thought to ask (such as why Robin and her mother don't get along). We are also given new questions to ponder (who IS "Grandfather," really? Why do people keep mistaking Arthur for Prince Robert or some guy named Maxie? Why in Bookania is there a sword stuck in a pillar outside Britton Castle?)--some of which are answered in the book; others we will have to wait until Book Three to be answered.
We hear a bit more about our friends from "Sew" and are introduced to a boatload of new ones in "Take"--many of them brother-sister pairs of royal twins with special gifts. The world of Bookania feels more familiar, the characters like old friends.
I look forward to reading the rest of this delightful series.
She included concepts in this book that she introduced in the first book. She has thought of so many gifts for her characters. I look foward to Book 3.