Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Book Review ---> A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

A World Without Heroes

By:  Brandon Mull
Published By:  Aladdin
Published Date:  March 15th 2011
Read via Nook Color
Tags:  Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure, Science Fiction

Why the Mad Scientist Read this Book:  This beauty was the first book offered to me by the Simon and Schuster eGalley Grab. 

Concoction of a Review:
I've never read a Fablehaven book.  *Gasps*  Sorry, it is true but that might have to change.  Brandon Mull's A World Without Heroes: Beyonders is the first installment of his next series.  If you decide to skip down to the rating... All you should know is that I will be picking up the rest of the series as it comes out!

Our young hero, Jason, started off as just a average boy trying to be suave for a girl he was pining for.  Then during a fateful but uniquely odd event involving a hippo (Yes, I said Hippo!) where he landed in another world.  Ever so quickly he manages to get himself in as much trouble as possible.  I mean his face was about to be plastered all over wanted signs through out the lands of Maldor, an evil tyrant of wizard.  *tsk tsk*  The Mad Scientist doesn't even think she could of managed such a great feat!

The beginning seemed a tad bit slow, at least for me.  Quickly, there was action on nearly every page... so keep flipping if you get discouraged.  You warm up to Jason as he starts out on this quest for a magic word.  He wants to go home because he doesn't think he is a hero or nearly the type of person who could pull of a quest of this magnitude.  However, the Mad Scientist was secretly cheering him on through the dangerous tasks that such a perilous quest demands of him.

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I think I may be leading you down the wrong path. Jason did have some help, major help.  There were a few tasks that he couldn't of completed without the help of Rachel.  Another, Beyounder who also found herself stuck in such an unusual world.  Just goes to show that Men no matter how much you think you can... you just can't do everything by yourselves.  Women are just too amazing!  You need us!

There were so many fun fantasy elements that came with this world.  A talking head, a race who was able to remove and reattach body parts, huge killer frogs, an evil wizard.  Brandon Mull did not use an element more then once it seemed like.  There was something new around every corner for our hero to encounter.  Finding humor scattered between the risky parts had me giggling to myself.  (Yes, I said Giggle!)

Overall, I didn't expect this book to be wonderful.  With that being said Brandon Mull blew me away and I loved to hit a good book so expectantly.  It is a book that will be loved by young and old, male or female!   Although, I would have to step back and say not too young.  Some vocab is challenging for my 8 year old and just a few for my 10 year old.  I encourage them looking up words.  Also, the violence was pretty detailed.  I would not allow my boys to read this until at least 12 due to the description of death and killing.

*I received this free eGalley via from publisher Aladdin via Simon and Schuster Galley Grab 
in exchange for my honest review. *

4.37 Blasts
A whole new fantasy world that you are sure to enjoy!  New races, huge killer frogs, & a hero on a quest for a magic word!

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  1. I've only read the first Fablehaven book, but I remember really enjoying Mull's writing! I've heard really good things about this one too so I'll have to get around to checking it out!

  2. You know me, I've read the whole Fablehaven series and it totally ROCKED! Your boys would love it and I'm still going to keep pimping it until you pick it up. :D I've wanted to read this book ever since I heard it was coming out, but it is supposed to be his first YA and Fablehaven was a MG series. Anyway, great review. I'll have to pick this one up.

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