Book Review: Fablehaven (Book 1 in the Series)

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fun children’s book! The main characters are engaging, and pretty adorable. Kendra and Seth are both believable, real, and unique. I enjoyed the simple story line because it stayed interesting. I found myself relating to Kendra as the “big sister,” and her frustration at Seth’s constant breaking of rules and causing some pretty disastrous, fairy tale level consequences. Seth evoked an emotional reaction in me, in that I wanted to smack that kid around a little. Whenever a book can make me feel something–anything–I know it’s a good story.

Also: FAIRIES.

I have a weakness for them, and the abundance of fairies, a Fairy Queen, a battle against evil, child heroes, magic, a forest, a giant magical cow, and a myriad of magical creatures all make for an exciting story.

This is a book my children are enjoying together, and I see this series establishing itself as a favorite they will look back on with fondness when they’re grown, and probably share with their own children someday.

The reading level of the book is probably around 5th grade or so, but that doesn’t take away from its appeal. Good pacing, fun dialogue, and impossible situations all make for a great fairy tale that I really think whole families can enjoy.

And that’s all there is to it. Looking forward to #2!

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