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Juniper Berry

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Thrilling, can't-put-down excitement!

This debut book by M.P. Kozlowsky is impressive. Although it will primarily be marketed to a younger demographic, it has tremendous cross-appeal for adults. I found myself unable to stop reading throughout, often saying, "Ok, just one more chapter". The most important t...
This debut book by M.P. Kozlowsky is impressive. Although it will primarily be marketed to a younger demographic, it has tremendous cross-appeal for adults. I found myself unable to stop reading throughout, often saying, "Ok, just one more chapter". The most important thing for me was the strong attachment to the characters. Kozlowsky did a great job setting up the story and developing an attachment between the reader and the protagonist. In addition, the supporting characters were equally fleshed out so that you care what happens to them. Too often in stories today, there is an increasing desire to "get to the action" but, I'm glad that was not the case here (there is plenty action later on!). The villian was excellently portrayed and the themes of temptation, addiction to power, and redemption were powerful. There were many instances that created mystery in a way that I haven't felt since I watched the TV show LOST. The story had a lot of dark imagery that was creatively described; so much so that it was easy to visualize the scenes in my head. The vocabulary will be challenging at times for younger readers but that's ok: I feel it's important for children to challenge themselves to learn new words. From the enticing cover art to the satisfying finale, I was enthralled the whole time and can't wait to see Kozlowsky's next book!

posted by Chris3588 on April 30, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining

The cover and synopsis of JUNIPER BERRY make it sound it's everything I want in a good story. Dark, creepy middle grade is the absolute best, and the cover gives off this larger-than-life feel. When my good friend Jessica recommended I give it a try, I listened. (Oh yes...
The cover and synopsis of JUNIPER BERRY make it sound it's everything I want in a good story. Dark, creepy middle grade is the absolute best, and the cover gives off this larger-than-life feel. When my good friend Jessica recommended I give it a try, I listened. (Oh yes, I listened. You should always listen to your friends, especially when they are speaking of books.)

JUNIPER BERRY is the story of Juniper Berry (a fine name indeed) a lonely girl whose parents are the most famous actors. When she notices a change in her parents-they don't give her the same amount of attention they did a year ago, they don't cook dinner, they aren't interested in Juniper period-our marvelous protagonist sets out to get to the bottom of this peculiar behavior. With her best fried, Giles, Juniper enters the woods behind her house with nothing but fervor. Little does she know, she's going to need much more than love for her parents-or rather, her OLD parents-to defeat the sneaky creature responsible.

JUNIPER BERRY was a delightful book. Honestly, I expected more-the tone was a little flavorless, and the story was a little stale-but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I felt sympathy for Juniper Berry and was oh so scared for her well-being once I hit those final chapters. (NO, don't go through that door Juniper Berry! RUN! RUN! RUN!) I also loved her friend Giles, who may or may not resemble a scared cat.

JUNIPER BERRY is the perfect read for the season coming up, I think. But it now, read it in October. The beautiful illustrations only add to the dark and creepy atmosphere.

posted by NaughtyBrent on August 25, 2011

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Entertaining

    The cover and synopsis of JUNIPER BERRY make it sound it's everything I want in a good story. Dark, creepy middle grade is the absolute best, and the cover gives off this larger-than-life feel. When my good friend Jessica recommended I give it a try, I listened. (Oh yes, I listened. You should always listen to your friends, especially when they are speaking of books.)

    JUNIPER BERRY is the story of Juniper Berry (a fine name indeed) a lonely girl whose parents are the most famous actors. When she notices a change in her parents-they don't give her the same amount of attention they did a year ago, they don't cook dinner, they aren't interested in Juniper period-our marvelous protagonist sets out to get to the bottom of this peculiar behavior. With her best fried, Giles, Juniper enters the woods behind her house with nothing but fervor. Little does she know, she's going to need much more than love for her parents-or rather, her OLD parents-to defeat the sneaky creature responsible.

    JUNIPER BERRY was a delightful book. Honestly, I expected more-the tone was a little flavorless, and the story was a little stale-but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I felt sympathy for Juniper Berry and was oh so scared for her well-being once I hit those final chapters. (NO, don't go through that door Juniper Berry! RUN! RUN! RUN!) I also loved her friend Giles, who may or may not resemble a scared cat.

    JUNIPER BERRY is the perfect read for the season coming up, I think. But it now, read it in October. The beautiful illustrations only add to the dark and creepy atmosphere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 7, 2011

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