Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Falcon Quinn And The Black Mirror by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror is about Falcon and his friends. One day, a bus ride brings them to an academy for monsters. Falcon meets new friends at the academy, but while his friends find out what monster they are, Falcon’s identity is undetermined. Throughout this book, Falcon will go on a treacherous quest to find out who he really is. Will he survive this adventure? Is Falcon even a monster? Find out these answers in Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror. I thought that this book was pretty good. It had an enjoyable and lengthy plot that is comparable to well-known books of the fantasy genre. The book also featured interesting characters, with diverse personalities. The bad part of the book is that it lacked originality. The character Quimby’s role is practically the same as the Oracle’s (From Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Other characters and events seem very familiar to people who have read a couple of fantasy books. Unlike popular fantasy books, this book features common monsters, like zombies and mummies. Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror is somewhat unpredictable. There are some parts of the story that are obvious, but there are other parts that can be a little shocking. This story is also a lot less serious than other fantasy books, like Harry Potter. I’d recommend this book for kids (and teens) 10-14 years old. If you are new to fantasy books (or you don’t read them that often), then you will most likely enjoy this book. ~Matthew, Teen Book Reviewer

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