Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Will Happen on the Summer Solstice?

Seth and Kendra are sent to stay with their Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson while their parents go away on vacation. They have never been to their grandparents’ house and are very intrigued when they pull up and see all the “beware” and “keep out” signs. After they get settled in and their grandfather explains the rules of the house to them, he makes it clear they are not allowed in the woods. It doesn't take long before Seth begins exploring the forbidden woods, but what he finds scares him, and he gets Kendra to go in the woods with him. Seth's rule breaking doesn’t stop there. Kendra sticks to the rules, but after spying milk being placed around the property, she gets Seth to take a sip. What he sees makes her curious and she tries the milk too. A whole new world of magical creatures is revealed to them when they drink the milk and their grandfather tells them they are staying at Fablehaven, a sanctuary for magical creatures. When the summer solstice comes, their grandfather is very nervous to have children in the house, as it’s a night for all the magical beasts to come and frolic; anything can happen. Will Seth and Kendra obey their grandfather’s rule for the special night? What will they see and hear when the beasts begin flocking to Fablehaven? What can happen on Midsummer’s Eve? If a rule gets broken, how bad could it be? You’ll have to read this nail biting adventure to find out what happens to Seth, Kendra and the cast of characters in this amazing book.  

When I read Fablehaven by Brandon Mull I was captivated by the story. Of course, getting to know Kendra and Seth made the adventure even more fun because the brother and sister have such a great relationship and their personalities are unique.  Although I could relate more to Kendra, I did enjoy Seth’s character and his rule breaking kept me wondering what would happen next. I love stories that involve fairies, goblins, trolls, and other magical creatures, so the idea behind the book was very intriguing to me. I never thought about a place for magical beasts before and the world that was created was fascinating to explore. I liked figuring out the lessons that each character learned in the book and it made me start imagining the world I can’t see around me. I would recommend this book for kids in fourth grade and up who enjoy fantasy and adventure. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!

Has anyone else read Fablehaven? Or have you read another book by Brandon Mull? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading!

~L

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24 comments:

  1. I've heard of this series before--it sounds like lots of fun. I know my nephews loved it!

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    1. Meradeth- So far I have only read the first one- but it is a great fantasy series. I look forward to reading the rest! :) ~L

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  2. LOVE this book! And what a perfect time to review it with solstice almost here!

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    1. Sherrie- So nice to meet another fan! :) ~L

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  3. LOVE this book! And what a perfect time to review it with solstice almost here!

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  4. Sounds like quite an intriguing read for sure!

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist- It is! :) ~L

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  5. Sounds like a great fantasy read for children. They love "magical" creatures. So do I.

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    1. Anna- It is a very enchanting story for kids and adults. :) ~L

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  6. I'm looking for summer reading for my granddaughter and this sounds perfect. Thanks.

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    1. Rosi- You are welcome! I am sure she will love it! :) ~L

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  7. I haven't read this, but I really enjoy magical stories. May have to take a look. Thanks for the great review.

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    1. Beverly- If you enjoy magical stories then you must read Fablehaven. You will love it! :) ~L

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  8. I haven't read anything by him, but it sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out!

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    1. Stephanie- It is a great read! Enjoy! :) ~L

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  9. My daughter read the entire series and loved each of them. My daughter and I both read his Beyonders series and really enjoyed those. We've heard him speak a few times too, and he's so great with kids.

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    1. Barbara- How awesome that your daughter read and enjoyed the whole series. :) I look forward to reading the rest of them. I have the first book in the Beyonders series, but haven't read it yet. I saw Brandon speak a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Plus, I went to school with Brandon for a few years and we rode the same bus. He is a very nice guy and so creative. :) ~Stephanie

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  10. The title alone is a grabber. Sounds like a book I'd love to read. :)

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    1. Cate- I agree! The title is awesome and so is the book. :) ~L

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  11. I’ve not read anything by Brandon Mull, but this sounds intriguing. I may be a little beyond 4th grade, but I love mythical creatures, and this sounds like something I would enjoy.

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    1. Barbara- Anyone who loves mythical creatures will love this book. I hope you get to read it! Brandon Mull is a talented author who shouldn't be missed. :) ~L

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  12. I have seen this book around lately and I like the synopsis. Will check it out. I want to find out what that milk is exactly ...

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    1. Claudine- I hope you get to read it soon. Wait until you read about the milk. ;) ~L

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