Welcome to Hallows Haven. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the thrills.
The excitement picks up on the first page, with our protagonist in the intensely uncomfortable state of mental instability. Subjected to abstractness of reality, Gwen is unsure of her own sanity for a period of time until her genial grandmother kindly explains their true position. Gwen is part of a Magickal tribe, and is descended from a palpable version of Earth’s most beloved mythical traditions.
The unsettling events pre-experienced by Gwen are evidenced by her grandmother’s shared revelations; a dark evil is threatening Gwen’s idyllic life.
After this disturbing confirmation, Gwen is plucked from the entirety of her world and placed in another, Hallows Haven, to temporarily avoid the dangers aforementioned, but nothing is as it seems, and no place is really ever safe.
One thing that I want to stress is the utmost imaginary captivity that I experienced as I read this book! I was given the project by my mother, but did not feel the resignation to necessity that is associated with most kinds of “work” no matter how enjoyable the activity was before it acquired the label. Whenever I had the time to open up the document and read it, I was happy. The imaginary world of Hallows Haven was perfect to get lost in, and I like to think that authors had a lot of fun writing it themselves. How else could such a feat of mental intrigue be accomplished were that not the case?
At the same time there were a few shortcomings; I found that the sentence structure was occasionally a little awkward, and there were some errors that might suggest a more-thorough editing job would benefit the script. This did not interfere with either the lovely plot-line or the connection with the protagonist, however. Another thing that stood in the way was the notion that the author(s) were distinctly drawing from their own real-world experience as adults, per-say, and did not truly venture into their full potential by immersing themselves in a little bit of something they did not know. As the teens of current society are not particularly discerning on several of the points I was most concerned with, I’d say that it should practically SHOCK them out of their seats with its awesomeness.
If your teen is bothering you with complaints of, “I’m bored! What do I do?” this summer, buy them this book, set ’em down to read it, and bask in your newly achieved Nirvana state of parenting.
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