Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Carver

Book Review

The Carver

Title: The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Date Published: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 370
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THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . . 

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . . 

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . . 

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind. 

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

My Thoughts:

I was provided with an Ecopy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

If you have been following my blog or my bookstagram you know that I love a good fairy tale retelling and would read every single one if I could. When I read the synopsis for The Carver I knew I was going to be hooked; what intrigued me the most was that it was not a retelling of just one character, but instead the author brought several of our beloved fairy tale characters together and wrote a wonderful story. 

Crescenzo the son of Pinocchio is our main character. Enzo is like any teenager, moody and at first the way he treated his dad and Pietro aka as Peter Pan bothered me a bit, but as the story progressed his attitude got a lot better and he slowly began to win me. As for his companion Pietro, I liked him from the get go it just made sense for Peter Pan to grow up, but keep his innocence and goofiness. I really liked how he brought lightness to the story. The novel jumps from present time New York and back to the old world, which is the world were all the fairy tale characters live, the authors world building was wonderfully done, I could see myself there with the characters. The villain of the story took me by surprise and I absolutely loved it! I'm a sucker for the hero turned villain trope. I almost forgot about Rosana! What a blasphemy, since I absolutely love her! Rosana is Alice's daughter and such a strong willed doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do and always trusted her instinct character; I loved what she brought to the story and I'm just a sucker for anything related to Alice and Wonderland. 

This novel did remind me of the very popular show Once Upon a Time because of all the fairy tales characters coming together, but that is where the similarities end. The author made this story his own and I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait to dive into the sequel and see what new adventures Jacob will be taking us on. If you're in the mood for a different and refreshing fairy tale retelling then this is the book. 


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