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  • Posted May 11, 2014

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      I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest

      I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This is a great little Halloween read for all ages!

    When the story begins, the main character, Aiden, is forced to leave his mother; and move back into his childhood home, so he can live with his father who he hasn't seen since he was a small child.
    As you can imagine, being forced at 15 years old to leave the only parent that he's ever really known so he can move in with the father he felt abandoned him, doesn't make Aiden very happy.

    When he makes it to town he's got nothing but a duffel bag full of clothes and his dog Chester to keep him company, and he's pretty miserable. He and his dad have a pretty rocky start too.

    On his first day of school, Aiden meets the usual suspects:
    Ronnie the bully, Ethan the nerd, and Olivia the romantic interest.
    But the author does a fantastic job of keeping the characters familiar without letting them become cliché.

    At some point Aiden stumbles upon a mysterious locker in his new school with a giant padlock on it, and of course just like any 15-year-old would, he opens it. And that's when the fun begins!
    He meets a very creepy boogeyman named Brunderfold who uses the pages of books to travel around and steal people's imaginations. Isn't that just too spooky and fun?!
    When he's not stealing imaginations, Brunderfold likes to make "friends" with children, and guess who he wants to be his new friend? That's right, Aiden!

    By "friends" he really means someone who will be his slave and help him feed on more imaginations. But what I liked most about Brunderfold as a villain, is that he feels like he's right. The fact that it doesn't seem evil to him to feed on the imaginations of unsuspecting kids, makes him extra spooky!

    character development is very important to me even when I'm reading a cute, fun book. This may have been short read, but the author manages to pack a lot of character development into the pages.
    Aiden fit into the role of the hero very well. He makes some mistakes a long the way, but he learns from them.
    Ethan was probably my favorite character in the entire book though! He was sweet and funny, but he also gets his moments to shine and be a hero.
    Ronnie is your typical bully, but there is a very sweet little twist that involves him, and I grew to tolerate, if not like, him. I really enjoyed watching them  all grow into young men in a very short amount of time.
    Olivia was a decent romantic interest, but she was pretty much non-existent for most of the book. When she did show up, I liked though.

    For me this book had elements of Nightmare on Elm Street, but instead of dreams the monster uses books to travel through. We also get to travel to this great world towards the end that reminded me of a spooky version of Wonderland.

    For the older readers who are still young at heart and would enjoy reading a slightly spooky, very entertaining quick read, I suggest you give Brunderfold a try.
    This isn't anything that you haven't watched or read before, but it's done extremely well!

    For the younger readers who think they might enjoy reading something a little spooky to get them in the mood for some Halloween fun, I definitely think you guys would enjoy this story! :D

    I would recommend this book for ages 9 and up. A small warning for parents of younger children: This book does have some creepy moments, but it doesn't get too intense, and there's no profanity. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    I would like to start congratulating Jason Burns because the plo

    I would like to start congratulating Jason Burns because the plot of this book is so good that it compensates for any other issues this book may have. His imagination is so rich that it would make Brunderfold itself satisfied for a week. This book is by far one of the most original I’ve read lately. It has its bits of romance, chivalry, forgiveness and tons of creativity; and although it got a bit predictable towards the end the story was really well crafted.

    As the story was, the characters were well developed. Even the monster felt real, and I sure as hell would not like to meet him. He was so creepy, disgusting and scary. You could also sense the tension in some of the relationships, and we can also see them evolve, and though some of the characters fell into the stereotype of the brainless, bully jock, and the geeky, science genius it worked for the purpose of this book, because we also get to experienced them as a person beyond their labels.

    I was not convinced by some of the descriptions of the book. I felt that some of them weren’t necessary, like the constant description of Chester’s, the dog, favourite things in the world, which were pretty much everything. Nevertheless some other descriptions were really great. It really made the book came alive, ironically.

    One of my favourite things about this book was the changes in the point of view, from Aiden’s present story, to his father’s past. It really helped you connect the dots of the storyline. However, I have to note that the writing style between both points of view was different. The latter was told by Aiden’s father, Don, in first person, while the other was being told by an omniscient narrator. I bring this up because I felt that the first person narrator was much better than the other because the writing was more active. While the present time telling of the story, at least for the first of half of the book, was being told rather than shown which was a little distracting from the story. That being said, this book was so good that it makes up for it.

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but my opinion was not biased in any way by this fact.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    (Book received for free in exchange for review.) A mix of humor

    (Book received for free in exchange for review.)

    A mix of humorous and a little nightmare-inducing, I enjoyed reading this book. I read through it in one day, so it wasn't a very long read, but it was entertaining and I would most likely read a sequel, if one was written. Very creative story that makes you use your imagination ( ;-) ).

    There were some gaps that I would have liked filled in, especially about Brunderfold, but overall it was pretty well written (except a couple proofing errors, but what book doesn't have something?).

    I would recommend it, especially to the teen/young adults out there with an affinity for out-of-the-box reads.

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