Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Candy Shop War Review

It's no news I'm a bookworm. If I take a sabbatical from my blog for any space of time, you can bet it's because I'm entrenched in a good book in some nook in my house....avoiding housework, my family, responsibilities of any kind.

Recently, I've found myself drawn more and more often to the Adolescent or Teen Fiction section. And it's no surprise that I'm a big Harry Potter fan, having read each book at least three times.

It's not that the books are easier to read, although they are, I just don't face a lot of the complicated, mature and liberal issues that you will in adult fiction. I've tired of not knowing if the book I've just checked out will turn out to be full of issues I'd rather not clutter my brain with. I'd like to remain in my naivety, thank you very much.

So in browsing the short bookshelves the other day, I found The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull, author if the Fablehaven series, another very popular series that I have yet to read because it's never at the library.

The Candy Shop War was a terrific book. I was absorbed the whole time. Written with insight, endless creativity and imagination beyond measure, this book definitely is worthy of its own sequel. I am constantly amazed at the capacity of some authors to create interwoven plots full of so much texture and layers that blow my mind! This book was very well thought out.

If you're a mother who likes to pre-read books before your kids stick their nose into them, rest assured that this book has passed my extremely conservative hawk-eye. As would be expected of a book in this genre, you should have no fear - this book is free from foul language, suggestive innuendos, there is some violence but it's not graphic, there are no drug/alcohol references, there is no condemnation of the higher powers (that being God Himself) - just magic.

However, don't take my word for it. If you decide to pre-read this book for your kids, it will likely be a pleasurable experience if you like this type of book. But, if the "Harry Potter", type books weren't your thing, and you fall more into the "Twilight" pool, then you probably won't make it past the first several pages.

2 backward glances:

Christy said...

I'll have to tell the boys about that one. We all loved Fablehaven. We have them all if you'd like to borrow them.

Valerie said...

I have just been thinking of what book I'd like to read with my kids next. I've never heard of this (and haven't read Fablehaven yet either). I'll definitely see if our library has it. Thanks!