I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Emerald Tablet (Five Elements #1) by Dan Jolley
Published by HarperCollins on October 18th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Middle Grade
Five elements. Four friends. One city—and its sinister shadow. The action-packed adventure of Percy Jackson meets the elemental magic of Avatar: The Last Airbender in this epic new middle grade series.
I name myself water.I name myself air.I name myself earth.I name myself fire.
When Gabe and his friends find a strange old map in his uncle’s office, follow it to a crumbling secret chamber beneath San Francisco, and perform a ritual that promises to bind them together forever, they think they’re just having one last adventure before Gabe moves away. It’s not like they believe the “power of the elements” is real.
But then things begin to happen that none of them can explain. In their search for answers, the four friends draw the attention of a sinister cult that’s plotting to merge our world with a twisted parallel realm...and discover that they are all that stands between San Francisco and utter destruction.
Full of awesome elemental powers, nightmarish creatures, and nonstop adventure, this cinematic and fast-paced series opener is the perfect next read for kids who have devoured books by Rick Riordan, Ridley Pearson, and Brandon Mull.
The cover of this book is amazing, I really liked to sound of it, however, it didn’t deliver like I was hoping. It has a LOT of info dumped at you and as much as I thought some of the characters were good, I wasn’t a fan of them all, I think it missed a lot of build all around and it took to long at time to get to the next part of the story. I felt like the did more talking and running around than actually doing anything. Once I got to about 78% I think it started to pick up a bit on the action and the story started to come together just thought maybe it was a little too late.
The story revolves around 4 kids, a ghost, a secret society and an alternate world. Gabe, Kaz, Lily and Brett are planning to have one more adventure before Gabe has to move again. His Uncle Steve is trying to keep him secretly safe and needs to move but Brett throws everything all over the place when he steals a map and sets a chain of events into action that could cost them all their lives.
It needed more world and characters build, the only person that got the most build was Brett and Gabe, I wasn’t a fan of Brett at all not even a little. The Ghost kid was equally annoying. The POV also changed a lot and I don’t think I liked that very much, it made it a little confusing. I think I would have preferred just reading in Gabes POV but I understand you need to read in Bretts also but I just didn’t like him. I wanted to like the book more but I just felt like it was a lot more explaining then telling a story.
Overall maybe it would be better for younger kids but it wasn’t what I was expecting and I think the lack of character build and me not liking them all really caused me to not enjoy this book like I would have wanted. I don’t ever say don’t read a book because you never know, you might totally like it better than me! 🙂
2.5 stars on my blog/ 3 on goodreads
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