Richards delivers an exciting and colourfully magical journey that is sure to rest in the hearts of fans for years to come. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. You are transported to another world with these adventurous and brave children. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? I'm a fan of (much of) the Arabian Nights, and was delighted to run across this middle grade novel, which repurposes elements from the tales -- Sinbad, djinnis, the roc, mistaken identities, wishes governed by complicated rules -- but without the racism and misogyny that permeates the original tales. These ebooks can only be redeemed by recipients in the US. When I heard the name Sinbad, it brought me to think about Aladdin and the other tales of Arabian Nights and made me more excited to read this book. Despite room for improvements, I liked this book a lot. Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015. Why was magic forbidden? I stayed up till 5 am reading it. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Their adventures were fun and led them in voyages, to djinis, to be hunted by the sultan and many more things. Could have described the magic a bit more since there are so many types. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The Book of Wonders - Kindle edition by Richards, Jasmine. I’d like to thank Once Upon a Twilight for giving me the opportunity to be on this book review tour. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. I'm never quite sure how I'm going to feel about a Middle Grade book. Clearly, I love YA, but Middle Grades are hit or miss for me. Yes, I am an adult but love the story nevertheless. The Book of Wonders is her first novel, and she would love to know what you think about it. The plot drove the characters and therefore the characters’ motivations and personalities were inconsistent and made no sense. "Take the pain and make it something else. Interesting plot but the characters never really rang true for me. I read it to my daughter when it first came out and have just finished reading it to my son. Enough information to know what you need to and not too much. It's an exceptional start to what I'm sure will be an outstanding series. I received this as apart of the Once Upon a Twilight ARC Book Tours. I get that it’s middle grade and below my reading level, but I have read many middle grade novels with far better writing. Her website is, “Let it hurt, Zardi," Rhidan said. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Please try again. Why is the sultan so cruel? Along with Rhidan, who is her best friend, and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all. I'm so disappointed in this book. Please try your request again later. I mean some writers just say that this person is impatient but not in this book. The sultan of Arribitha hates magic, and his subjects live in fear of his cruelty. I loved the detail. I am looking forward to Zardi and Rhidan's next adventures. Libraries and Teachers. You could imaging this book making a great film. Sign up now for Jasmine Richards alerts, including news and special offers. Not enough to ruin the book, but something that could have been worked on. It took me until the end of chapter 3 to get interested in the story and the characters, but chapter 4 really set things up well and I was anticipating quite an adventure. Zardi is a dreamer, dreaming of adventure and magic in a kingdom that does its best to stifle both. There are no anachronisms, but it has the feel of modern day kids - which doesn't work so well with the ancient setting. Pretty good story, using the Arabian Nights world as a basis. Re-read 2018: Still love it as much as I did when I was younger. Today Jasmine is a senior editor at a leading British publishing house and living in Oxfordshire with her husband in an old wool mill. By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bookperk and other HarperCollins services. Welcome back. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I would give this story a 3 1/2 stars. Persian Epic Meets Sleeping Beauty in ‘Girl, Serpent, Thorn’. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Zardi has always enjoyed stories of fantastical creatures and adventures out at sea, so when the lives of her father and sister are threatened by an evil Sultan, she and her best friend are more than willing to set out to find a strong enough magic to defeat him - even if it means travelling with the devious Sinbad! :), Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2018. Unfortunately, although I really wanted to like this one, it just didn't do it for me. Keeper of Myths (Secrets of Valhalla Book 2), Unlocked Book 8.5 (Keeper of the Lost Cities 8), “From the start, I so wanted to know what happened next. I mean some writers just say that this person is impatient but not in this book. This book was a real page turner which was great as my child wanted to do extra reading. The girls were riveted! Older readers will appreciate the ingenious ties to Scheherazade and ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Writing could use improvements, but overall it was excellent. I liked this book well enough. it was a good mid grade fantasy book. Unfortunately, none of the questions were answered, and the book's conclusion feels awfully abrupt and unfinished. Rhidan was left in Arribitha as a baby, he sets off with Zardi, in hopes of finding out where he's from. 133 reviews Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Today she's a senior editor at a leading British publishing house. Together with Rhidan, a strange orphan who has grown up with her family, she sets off to find something or someone strong enough to topple the sultan and save her sister. Jasmine Richards. I get nervous when Middle Grade is paired with other aspects that make me second guess whether I'll like a book, such as being high fantasy or longer than I expected (again, hit or miss mentality). Unable to add item to List. Writing could use improvements, but overall it was excellent. Please try again. After graduating from Oxford she had a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, then chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes. After graduating from Oxford, and following a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, Jasmine chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes. The author did good work with the characters. Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018. Young readers will adore the adventure. Her best friend is Rhidan, a mysterious foreigner who was found abandoned as a baby and raised by Zardi's family. All unwed girls risked being placed in a tower for a season. Anyone got using magic of any kind risk imprisonment or death. After graduating from Oxford, and following a brief stint at New Scotland Yard, Jasmine chose a career in publishing over being the next Sherlock Holmes.
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