Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Maegan's review of The Glass Apple by Robert Franks

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer

Book Review of – The Glass Apple by Robert Franks        

My overall star rating -- 5

About the book:
For orphans Jason, Kylie and Anna, magic was not a word that featured largely in their lives. At least, not until their american grandfather took them in. A comical old man with a name to match. Ethelbert Gobswistle. A magical campervan called Edsel transports them up to Yorkshire, where, in a bungalow called Cookiecrumb, they meet Gobswistle's friend, a black plastic Christmas Fairy called Etain. Rambunctious, authoritative and opinionated, she brooks no nonsense from either the children or the old man. And gradually, the small group becomes a family. But an ancient mythical witch, The Medb, pursues the old man and his family. She seeks his source of magic, the Anguinum, a powerful crystal carved to resemble a green glass apple shaped bowl. As they flee from her wrath, they seek the help of the Gwyllion, ancient fairies, who tell them they need three magical books in order to stop the ancient witch. But the books are hidden in the past. . .

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 27 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Upon starting this book, it seems similar to “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe”, but getting further on, more like “Fablehaven” got mixed in with it. The book was wonderful start to finish; I had a hard time putting it down. Truly fell in love with the main characters and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The book ends as a major cliff hanger. Be prepared to be a little upset when you read the last words. Some of the characters speak in old English. This can be confusing, but if one reads the words out loud, you will know what is being said.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Young Adult/ Fantasy
Age recommendations – 8+
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating – The is a little but not very graphic/gory, just intense some moments

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