Thursday, May 1, 2008

Book Review #56
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Rating: two stars (out of four)

On vacation with their Great Uncle Merry three young children stumble upon an old map and suddenly they are thrust into an adventure they never could have imagined.

The beginning was a little slow getting into it and I even considered discarding it, but as I trudged along through it I found myself getting more and more intrigued. It had a feeling of The Chronicles of Narnia mixed with Nancy Drew, making it suspenseful, but fitting into the Fantasy mold. I wanted to read it because of the recent movie, "The Seeker" which is based upon the second book in the series, "The Dark Is Rising". I also wanted to read this series because two of the books have won Newbery Medals/Honors. Once I was half-way through the book it felt like I was pedalling downhill on a bicycle, it was getting harder and harder to put the book down because I was so anxious to see how it would turn out. The ending was a slight letdown, but I didn't feel as if it took away from the book, it was realistic. I'd recommend this book for young readers, as a young adult, it wasn't as thrilling as it might have been if I had been younger when I read it.

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