The Book of Wonders

The Book of Wonders[BOOKS] ✬ The Book of Wonders ✶ Jasmine Richards – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers Thirteen year old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha But anyone caught whispering of their powers will f Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers Thirteen year old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her Along with her best friend, Ridhan a silver haired, violet eyed boy of mysterious origins and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous The Book MOBI :¿ 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. Review via Cracking the CoverSinbad Aladdin Scheherazade.They re names that evoke exotic locales and swashbuckling adventures Now you can add another name to that list Zardi.Zardi is the main character in Jasmine Richards The Book of Wonders, an exciting new adventure for middle readers.In the kingdom of Arribitha, magic is taboo Fantastical beings have long been banned Thirteen year old Zardi loves to hear stories of these things, but even those can call the rage of the sultan, who ru Review via Cracking the CoverSinbad Aladdin Scheherazade.They re names that evoke exotic locales and swashbuckling adventures Now you can add another name to that list Zardi.Zardi is the main character in Jasmine Richards The Book of Wonders, an exciting new adventure for middle readers.In the kingdom of Arribitha, magic is taboo Fantastical beings have long been banned Thirteen year old Zardi loves to hear stories of these things, but even those can call the rage of the sultan, who rules with an iron fist.When the sultan captures Zardi s sister, Zardi sets out on a quest to save her Accompanied by her best friend, Rhidan, Zardi finds herself in the company of the infamous Sinbad Together they travel to a strange land to bring back and restore magic to Arribitha The Book of Wonders is a magical novel It transports readers to far off lands that inspire creativity and spark imagination In Zardi, Jasmine has created a strong, intelligent young woman who isn t afraid to take risks or ask for help when needed.Jasmine plays to her strengths her writing is clean and her pacing strong However, her real strength lies in her descriptions She skillfully sets a scene without going overboard, giving readers just enough information to complete the full picture on their own.Though the main character in The Book of Wonders is a girl, it is by no means gender specific The inclusion of pirates and magicians helps make it appealing to everyone The Book of Wonders is a great new option for readers of all ages.Read Cracking the Cover s interview with Jasmine Richards 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 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 I need not have worried The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards is a solid hit.As soon as I started the first chapter, I was eager to continue There is an ease of story 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 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 I need not have worried The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards is a solid hit.As soon as I started the first chapter, I was eager to continue There is an ease of storytelling present that makes the whole book flow seamlessly Readers young and old will enjoy the epic adventure, energetic characters, smooth writing, and wonderful storytelling This high fantasy tale is full of action The main character, Zardi, loves stories of adventure with scary monsters and incredible feats of heroism The Book of Wonders has all this, much to Zardi s delight and horror it s a little different to face the scary monsters yourself than to hear about them from others.Also, it was a fairly complex story There were multiple story lines and paths the characters could have taken, but everything came together very well Little side missions were carried out without losing sight of the overall goal, to save Zardi s sister.In addition to the fantasy, this book was multicultural I always love reading books set in different cultures, so this fact was a bonus for me Richards merged multicultural aspects with the fantasy very well These merged aspects completely transported me to Arribitha while I was reading Well done.Overall rating Worth the buy Borrow it if you re not as into Middle Grade Thirteen year old Zardi lives in the kingdom of Arribitha, where the sultan has banned magic, and anyone even heard talking about magic can be arrested Her best friend is Rhidan, a mysterious foreigner who was found abandoned as a baby and raised by Zardi s family Rhidan longs to know of his origins, and receives a clue from Sinbad the Sailor, but he must flee before Rhidan can getanswers The sultan of Arribitha is cruel and evil, and forces young girls to be take the position of Prais Thirteen year old Zardi lives in the kingdom of Arribitha, where the sultan has banned magic, and anyone even heard talking about magic can be arrested Her best friend is Rhidan, a mysterious foreigner who was found abandoned as a baby and raised by Zardi s family Rhidan longs to know of his origins, and receives a clue from Sinbad the Sailor, but he must flee before Rhidan can getanswers The sultan of Arribitha is cruel and evil, and forces young girls to be take the position of Praisemaker they are forced to announce executions and are eventually killed Zardi s parents try to have her and her sister married off so they cannot be chosen, but before they can do that, her older sister is picked to be the next Praisemaker Zardi and Rhidan must then go on a journey to save Zardi s sister and discover the truth about Rhidan s origins.Book of Wonders is an enjoyable middle grade fantasy inspired by the Arabian Nights stories The main characters were very likable and I enjoyed the author s descriptions of all the exotic places they visited This book is very different from anything I have read recently, and since I am sick of urban fantasy I am always looking for fantasy with ahistorical or magical setting If you are like me and enjoy fantasy with unusual settings, I think you would enjoy Book of Wonders.Disclosure Review copy provided by publisher Pretty good story, using the Arabian Nights world as a basis The dialogue, however, is disappointingly juvenile There are no anachronisms, but it has the feel of modern day kids which doesn t work so well with the ancient setting And what kind of person names a roc bird Roco just dumb I don t think the bird even needs a name It doesn t say, but I guess this is the first of a series Not overly excited about that. 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 So far, so good But, the book s writing leaves much to be desired Rather than the characters personalities driving the plot, the plot and author s need to work in exposition drives the characte 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 So far, so good But, the book s writing leaves much to be desired Rather than the characters personalities driving the plot, the plot and author s need to work in exposition drives the characterization completely in a given scene, the heroine goes from disgusted at the thought of the evil sultan, to grumbling about having to help with dinner, to tearing up at how infrequently she sees her father, to happy but guilty when her grandmother praises her skills with a kitchen knife That s in roughly two pages It s like watching a train pass by here s a boxcar, oh look, now a tanker, now twobox cars, a hopper, and so on with no obvious reason for the order of the cars, and only a rough coupling between each of them In looking at other reviews, I see that this is labelled middle grade rather than young adult I guess that s younger than young adult, and I can see why an author would tailor the plot and characters for the audience But surely these readers can handle and would thrive on better characterization than this Re read 2018 Still love it as much as I did when I was younger. I read The Book of Wonders in manuscript form a little while ago It is a page turning and gripping adventure that pulls the reader in The young Scheherazade is a brilliant heroine and the plot is filled with twists and turns right to the very end I finished it in one sitting and can t wait to read the next installment in the trilogy. One Sentence Review Enjoyable enough but maybe one of the most forgettable little middle grade novels I ve ever read. For the duel, visit Dueling LibrariansLet me begin by saying that it pains me to write this review I begin all books with the anticipation and zest of a child awakening on Christmas morning, bursting to see what all those glossy packages might contain This is perhaps a faulty way to begin a book because my expectation can fall short, leaving me less than happy by the tale s end Sadly, that is what happened with Jasmine Richards first novel, The Book of Wonders.A victim of circumstance, I foun For the duel, visit Dueling LibrariansLet me begin by saying that it pains me to write this review I begin all books with the anticipation and zest of a child awakening on Christmas morning, bursting to see what all those glossy packages might contain This is perhaps a faulty way to begin a book because my expectation can fall short, leaving me less than happy by the tale s end Sadly, that is what happened with Jasmine Richards first novel, The Book of Wonders.A victim of circumstance, I found Wonders to be tedious I think part of the problem is having just completed a book I found so amazing, that almost anything that came directly after would have been lacking in the Wow Department I really wanted Wonders to knock my socks off, but instead I was left mildly irritated Wonders follows the tradition of1,001 Arabian NightsIn Richards adaptation of the famous collection of folk tales, we find some familiar characters Scheherazade is our brave and noble heroine, who sets out to rescue her sister Zubeyda from the clutches of the evil sultan, Shahry r With her is Rhidan, the silver haired foundling who is searching for his people Along the way the youngsters meet Sinbad the sailor and his motley crew of pirates.The bulk of Wonders retells the second voyage in the Sinbad series, which shares some of the same elements as Homer s Odyssey, another story I always found tedious Scheherazade, Rhidan, and Sinbad, and his crew become shipwrecked on Desolation Island where giant rocs rule the skies, and demon like serpents lurk beneath the earth in a maze of tunnels It was this part of the story that really began to bog down for me I felt like I was trapped on the island with them, which from a artistic point of view is great, but from a trying to get through this book angle, not so good.In addition to some of the same characters as 1,001 Nights, Wonders follows ending format as well For those of you not familiar with the original folk collection, here s a quick recap Scheherazade is married to king Shahry r who has a penchant for marrying virgins only to kill them the following morning before they can cheat on him To avoid the fate of her predecessors, Scheherazade tells the king a story which she doesn t finish until the following night, only to begin a new tale which she fails to complete This goes on for, you guessed it, 1,001 nights Much like Shahry r, Richards left me with a cliff hanger ending, yet unlike Shahry r, I don t feel compelled to know .I respect what Richards is doing in The Book of Wonders, it just wasn t for me I think this is a great book for young readers It provides amazing imagery, lots of drama and action, and it will introduce them to a classic with a new twist Plus Scheherazade and Rhidan are accessible characters that many tweens and early teens will be able to relate to.For the duel, visit Dueling Librarians I d like to thank Once Upon a Twilight for giving me the opportunity to be on this book review tour.Now, on with the showerreview I have to admit that I was a little leery about reading this book because of the age range but I trudged along and slowly got swept away in Zardi s adventures I have to say, she was very brave for only being thirteen and I admired her for that She was a little firecracker and when she set her mind to doing something, she followed through until it was f I d like to thank Once Upon a Twilight for giving me the opportunity to be on this book review tour.Now, on with the showerreview I have to admit that I was a little leery about reading this book because of the age range but I trudged along and slowly got swept away in Zardi s adventures I have to say, she was very brave for only being thirteen and I admired her for that She was a little firecracker and when she set her mind to doing something, she followed through until it was finished I think back to when I was thirteen and though my life was nothing like Zardi s, I don t think I would have followed through with anything At that age, I was all talk and a big pile of excuse my French chicken shit Another thing I really like about Zardi is that family and friends were her main priority She d make sure they were protected instead of worrying about herself.Next, we have Ridhan He was a very mysterious boy and I loved how his mysteriousness grew when they boarded Sinbad s ship Side note I failed to mention Sinbad was in this story Surprise We re introduced to him in the beginning of the story in Arribitha where Zardi and Ridhan and listening to his stories as he tells them to the crowds When Zardi and Ridhan speak to him after the crowd begins to scatter, Sinbad mentions a land where Ridhan s people are said to live This piques his interest and he s determined to get aboard Sinbad s ship so they can sail to his home land I could go on and on about this story but then you d never want to read it because I d probably end up ruining the whole thing for you so I m going to leave it at that If you have children in that age range at home or you want to jump into a different genre for a day, I suggest picking up The Book of Wonders because of the wonderful mysteries written on its pages

The Book of Wonders eBook ☆ The Book  MOBI :¿
  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • The Book of Wonders
  • Jasmine Richards
  • English
  • 15 August 2019
  • 0062010077