The story starts out reminding me of Percy Jackson with the field trip. At first I though this is going to be a copy cat but as they story moves along, was I ever wrong.
First of all, the story moves at the PERFECT pace, not boringly slow but not too fast so that it can include details. The characters are full of characters, whoa that sounded weird. I did not hate any of the characters (and I always hate some characters in a book). I really like juvenile book characters where the book do not focus on relationships with the main girl and guy, but focus on the mystical story. Rather the book focus on the journey, or adventure the main characters have. The plot is so captivating that I couldn't put it down.
I love the setting! It is very mysterious and magical. This is definitely one reason I love juvenile books. The descriptions allow you imagine yourself the world full with elemental spirits, goblins, dragons and more.
The story kind of reminds me of Narnia with all the creatures and enchanting sceneries. But a better comparison might be the mini 2 part series of Neverland.
I really enjoyed the evil side's POV; to me, it was far more interesting than the good side. It just feel like there was more going on then the good side. The good side just basically walked, not very interesting. But with the evil side, you discover a lot of things which is awesome.
Seriously this book was amazing! It had all I wanted in a book. Even with Michael Scott's books I had to put it down and reread it months after. And this is why I am drawn towards books that are for ages 9-12 because I don't want to deal with the crappy relationships and other boring stuff YA books offer me.
5 SHINNY STARS! ✩✩✩✩✩