Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull - A Series Review












Title: Fabelehaven (Books 1-5)
Author: Brandon Mull
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
(For information pertaining to each book, click book cover and it will take you to the proper page in Goodreads)

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Genre: Middle Grade Ficiton, Fantasy, Adventure
Short Synopsis: For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...

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... (from goodreads.com)

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I never see anything about this series on any blogs that I peruse through, so I thought I would put up a series review.

First off, do NOT let the middle grade fiction part put you off, these books are absolutely positively wonderful! I mean, come on, a magical preserve created to protect magical creatures from humans and humans from them! What could be better?! I started reading these books probably about 3 years ago just after the 2nd in the series was published and I then waited on bended knee for every following book to be released.

Brandon Mull has just done such a fabulous job of putting this series together and giving us so much action and fairy tale creature you will just salivate for more.

Kendra and Seth are the 2 main characters from whom the story is told and throughout the 5 books we get to see them face off against evil and find out what they are made of. Mull is just such a wonderful author in the way he brought them to life and made them such an excellent read.

However, I think my favorite character will always be Patton Burgess. He was one of the old caretakers of Fablehaven, but he makes an appearance and I just love him for it. There is this scene involving him, some rowdy satyrs and some pretty pissed off centaurs that happens to be one of my very favorite.

Still, with vain fairies, lovely unicorns, playful satyrs, evil creatures, massaged trolls, a tricky sphinx and even more creatures that can be listed all living together in one place, there is nothing to not love about this series. It is fabulously written and a good fit for every age. Plus in the end, there are twists and turns that will surprise just about everyone! So, pick up your copy today and join in the fun of Fablehaven. Seriously...do it...that third book possibly saved my life while out of the country.

And, always remember..."Drink the milk."

Series Rating:

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Writing:

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Story Ending:

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Characters:

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Favorite Book in Series:

No.5 Keys to the Demon Prison

Quotes:

"FABLEHAVEN: None who enter will leave unchanged. Trespassers will be turned to stone."

"It was an emergency!" Seth blurted. "Read my lips - emergency reading - not some demented idea of fun. If I was starving, I would eat asparagus. If somebody held a gun to my head, I would watch a soap opera. And to save Fablehaven, I would read a book, okay, are you happy?"
"You had best be careful, Seth," Grandma warned. "The love of reading can be contagious."
"I just lost my appetite," he declared...

" You should have Hugo throw you in the pool."
The golem turned his head toward Seth, who shrugged.
"Sure, that would be fun."
Hugo nodded, grabbed Seth, and, with a motion like a hook shot, flung him skyward. Kendra gasped. They were still thirty or forty feet away from the edge of the pool. She had pictured the golem carrying Seth much closer before tossing him. Her brother sailed nearly as high as the roof of the house before plummeting down and landing in the center of the deep end with an impressive splash.
Kendra ran to the side of the pool. By the time she arrived, Seth was boosting himself out of the waster, hair and clothes dripping. "That was the freakiest, awesomest moment in my life!" Seth declared. "But next time, let me take off my shoes."

"He would have shaved the centaurs, dipped them in honey, covered them with feathers, and hung them up like a bunch of pinatas. I'm just saying." - Warren

"For Frito-Lay!" - Newel and Doren (2 satyrs)

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14 comments:

Stray said...

great review jen, I LOVE the second quote lol! i really have to chek these out

Jen the bibliophile said...

You really must! They are such a fabulous read. All of my aunts loved them as well as my mother and some of my cousins who have read them. They are so fun and creative!

Katie said...

Great series review! There are a lot of really great middle school series out there, this sounds like one worth while to check out.

Jen the bibliophile said...

@Katie - Definitely! I loved The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and I also loved The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud all in the middle grade. There are more, of course, but too many to list here!

Jen
In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Stray said...

i LOVEd the graveyard book!!!

Thalia Burgess said...

****SPOILER ALERT!!******
I absolutely LOVE Patton!!!! He is just like Warren, who is my absolute, all time, never to be replaced favorite!!! Unfortunately, Warren has to get stabbed in every single book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

*sigh*... I swear my ideal boyfriend is an older version of Seth. Warren doesn't get stabbed in every book... he gets turned to lead in the first one. Am I thinking of the right guy?

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