Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Kindling by Braden Bell- a review and giveaway

Welcome to this stop on The Kindling blog tour! I have a review and giveaway for my readers. If you’d like to win a copy of the book, please fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don’t see it click ‘read more’. A follow is not necessary, but much appreciated.

Middle School Magic- The Kindling by Braden Bell

The Story- Conner and his sister Lexa are in seventh grade. They do the typical type of teenage things like playing lacrosse, doing homework and hanging out with their friend Melanie Stephens, but one day that all changes.

Conner gets ticked off about a bully in PE, and by just thinking about it, Conner makes the bully’s shorts catch on fire. Lexa and Melanie are quick to follow, discovering magic powers of their own. But, with their magic’s discovery, a strange man in black begins stalking them. To add to their problems, even their middle school teachers start treating them differently, and soon they are convinced their teachers are trying to kill them!

Join Conner, Lexa, and Melanie as they begin to learn about magic and battle the forces of darkness.

My Thoughts- This is a great middle school read. The plot is fast moving and the surprises keep coming. I love kids that develop magic powers and need to be trained in their use. This story takes on the battle of light versus dark in a fun and original way.

The teenagers are nicely developed, with Conner being the lacrosse player, Melanie, the math nerd and Lexa, the talented thespian. I do have to mention one thing in my critique. The story has too many point of view switches. The first chapter is all Conner, and you think he is the main character, and then bang, it just starts switching between the three kids, sometimes even crossing over into teachers POV mid chapter. This does cause the reader problems. However, because I enjoyed the plot I just ignored it after awhile.

I think kids will love this book, and I’m pretty sure from the way things end that there will be a sequel.

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  1. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the heads up.

  2. This sounds good. Love the cover. Thanks for sharing about it.

  3. Oops--hit "publish" too soon. I enjoyed reading your review. Thanks for being part of the tour.

  4. This sounds positively, well, magical! Thanks for the review.

  5. What a fantastic review! This sounds like a book I could really get into. I also really like the cover. Well done and thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Thanks for the comments! And yes- the cover is great. A big plus when I'm picking up a book on the bookstore shelves.