Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)

3/5 stars

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1) by Brandon Mull

Okay, okay, I’ll be gentle because I know there are a lot of people who really like this series. In fact, I had high expectations for Fablehaven based on several recommendations.

I consider myself VERY forgiving when it comes to the writing skills of an author–if a story is engaging and has a happy ending, I’m sold. I mean, I thought the Inheritance Cycle was great!

Unfortunatly, this book has so many plot holes, hollow characters, sudden course changes, underdeveloped story lines, poor (no– horrible) descriptions, juvenile use of language, and the like that the story—the most important part of all—suffered.

Like I said, I don’t want to be too hard on Fablehaven. It’s a children’s book, after all, and I think my kids will love it. I really shouldn’t try to make it into something it’s not. But it’s just that the premise of the story is BURSTING with potential. I wish the book had been three times as long, then there would have been enough time to properly develop the plot line and characters.

Fablehaven gets three stars—actually two and a half, but I’m rounding up—because if I were 10-14 I would love the book. As an adult, I didn’t love it. But the story has potential enough that I’ll be reading the other 4 books in the series right away—just with much lowered expectations.

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