29 March 2011
Book Review: Fablehaven
Author: Brandon Mull
Publisher/Year: Aladdin / 2007
Date Finished: 9 March 2011
Source/Format: Bought / Print
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
The Short and Sweet of It
Kendra and Seth are forced to spend two weeks with their estranged grandparents. Neither is looking forward to it. But shortly after their arrival, the two find out that things are not what they seem. Fablehaven is quite literally a haven for fables, mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes and sensibilities.
A Bit of a Ramble
I adore fantasy YAL as a rule, but Middle Grade is more often a hit-or-miss for me. Unfortunately, Fablehaven was a bit of a miss, and I finished the novel feeling rather meh. The really sad part? I bought the first three in the series as a box set, and now I'm not sure I even want to read the second and third. May I just say aaarrrgggg.
Trying to specifically state why I didn't love it is difficult for some reason. I've actually been putting off this review for the better part of a month which is very unusual for me. Typically, I write my review immediately after finishing the novel. I think, honestly, I was just a bit bored. The characters weren't fleshed out enough, the conflict wasn't complex enough, and the world-building wasn't deep enough.
And now I sound like I hated it and it's a bad book, but that's not the case. I just think I am not the target audience. After all, I am 30 years old, not 10. And I clearly didn't hate it because I finished it. In other words, I'm meh. But do I think a ten year old would like this? Absolutely. The action moves at a relatively quick pace and the story is full of interesting little tidbits (like a grandma chicken - hilarious - and the milking of a giant cow - kind of gross and funny).
Question: Have you read the second and third books in this series? Should I continue on?