Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Carver by Jacon Devlin WITH Review

Title: The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Series Title: Order of the Bell
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .
THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .
THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .
Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.
With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.
Review 1
3.5 Stars

I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

In this book we meet many characters from our favorite fairy tales. We meet the son of Pinocchio, Enzo, Pietro, who is the adult Peter Pan and Rosana, who is the daughter of Alice. They go on a road trip to try   to figure out what is happening to the ones they love and who is taking them. 
The writing is good and it has an easy flow to it. The characters are interesting. I enjoyed the direction the author took with the characters. Since we meet so many it’s refreshing to look at them from a different point of view.  The back and forth between past and present was a tad confusing to begin with. Once I got the hang of it, the flow was great. 

We get heroes and villains in this book. We also get tragedy. 

The con for me was some of the dialogue was at times a bit childish for me. Some of the characters acted like spoiled children during certain times.  The story line at times got a bit confusing. Also, I felt the   dialogue was aimed at children and then at times it was YA.

This book ends in a cliff hanger that lives you will the need to see what happens next. 

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fairy tale retellings.  

Review 2
4 Stars

I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

Pino (Pinocchio) and Pietro (Peter Pan) are now living in the real world. Crescenzo (Pino son) thinks he is just an ordinary boy who hates the carved toys his dad gives him.  His mom went missing along with their neighbor Pietro (Peter Pan) son and wife (Wendy). After the disappearance of Pinnochio, Cresenzo and Pietro embark on a dangerous journey to find their families.  Will Pietro be able to tell Crescenzo the truth? Will he believe him?

This book reminded me of the show "Once Upon A Time" because it has all your favorite fictional characters from all your favorite fairytale classics. As a child I loved Hansel and Gretel and I was kinda upset that Hansel fell to the dark side, but it was worth it in the end. You'll also find Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and so many other stories in this book.

 It was an exciting read for me. It takes you on some wild roller coaster ride were you literally could feel your heart leap from your chest at times, while at others your so mad you just want to throw something. It is full of constant surprises and danger. Just when you think you know what will happen next the story changes direction completely leaving you in suspense.

The reason I did not give it five stars was due to the constant change of time zones. It was difficult to keep up at times. One moment you are in today's world-5 years ago, then next your in the old world 25 years ago, then your back in the new world now to the old world 5 years before in just a few chapters. The story continues to jump back and forth like this through out the whole book. The ending is not your traditional "happily ever after" kind of ending but instead leaves you breathless for what is to follow in the next coming book.

When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.
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Pino scowled over his mug, then let his mouth curve into a smile. The old Pietro was coming back to the surface. “Anyway, you’ll go? Look for my wife and your family?”
With a sigh, Pietro rubbed his face so hard his eyelids drooped. “Would you come with me?”
Pino wiggled his thumb: click, click, click, click. “Do you not hear my joints crackling?”
“Still?” Pietro rested his elbows on his knees. “What’s happening to you?”
Pino lowered his voice. “My guess is there’s some real dark stuff goin’ on back home. After all, we’re not supposed to be here, and I was once a . . . Well, you know. I’m afraid I won’t get very far out the door, if I can even move anymore in a week.”
Pietro drummed on his lap, shooting air through his teeth as he contemplated. “Fine. I’ll go. But I have a question. When do we tell Crescenzo who we really are?”
“I trust you’ll figure it out, Peter.” Pino winked. “After all, you were the boy who learned how to fly.”

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