Author: Brandon Mull
Genre: Juvenile Fantasy
Got it from: Library
Why I read it: recommended by sister-in-law
Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.
When my sister-in-law suggested this book, saying she loved it, I was a little hesitant to read it. I thought we really didn't have the same book tastes, but then I was browsing in the library the other day (one of my favorite things), and I decided to give it a try. I absolutely loved it! I guess that means I'll have to listen to her more.
I really love the cover of this book. I'm amazed at the artwork on most fantasy books' covers. It really draws me in, especially when they're something going on and not just a pattern or a flower or something. I think the thing I liked best about this story is that there were a lot of fairies, and I love fairies. It's hard to find a good fairy story. The other fantasy creatures in this book were interesting and well done, too.
Of course the characters got on my nerves a bit, but they were children. My own kids get on my nerves on a daily basis. :) The good thing is, these characters acted like kids. They weren't miniature adults. They didn't talk and think like adults. I would definitely recommend this one--to kids, fantasy lovers, and to anyone who loves a good fairy tale.