Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Crumbling Castle by Sarah Haynes

Synopsis: Follow the hilarious antics of a wizard names Zeb and his castle full of oddball occupants - a ghost who can't seem to scare anyone, an annoying white owl, a baby dragon, and a crow who insists he's a raven - in this action-packed story for adventuresome readers! (from the back of the book)

Review: I picked this up at a used bookstore because it look clever and cute. It was cute, but no so much on the cleverness. The story is divided into 3 vignettes. The first deals with the relationship between the wizard Zeb and his talking "raven" Jason. The second introduces the non-scary ghost and the white owl. The third is about the volcano that was really a baby dragon. Each is cute, with amusing dialogue and nice action. But, the story is somewhat lacking in a spark. It seems that Jason is the main character, not Zeb. And I never really liked Zeb. He seemed a bit - mean and selfish - nothing to inspire the loyalty the other characters seem to give him. It in the end, I felt this was neither a good book nor a bad book. It was a "meh" book.

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 1-56402-274-9
Date Finished: 1-18-2014
Pages: 76

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