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Posted November 18, 2013
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.
Posted October 14, 2013
(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.
Posted October 8, 2013
My inner child was hooked from page one! Soon my adventurous inner child joined in, followed by my “all things scary” inner child. We all agree, <b>Brunderfold</b> by Jason M. Burns is a terrific middle grade read that will catch the eye and imagination of readers of all ages who are looking for something fun and a little spooky, too!
Aiden has been sent to live with his father, after some trouble he had gotten into and is now the new kid at a small town school, filled with the typical school population, the pretty girls, the bullies, the geeks, etc. He unleashes an evil monster that has been locked away in Locker 13 at his school and if Aiden thought his current life was a nightmare, meeting what lived within Locker 13 certainly put his life in perspective. Brunderfold is the boogeyman in our deepest imagination, he is what goes bump in the night, and he is dangerous, deadly and seemingly unstoppable. When the danger starts hitting too close to home, Aiden knows he must act or Brunderfold’s reign of terror will only get worse. Can he stop Brunderfold with the help of his arch enemy and his only friend? Can the geek, the bully and the new kid really form an alliance that will find a way to destroy Brunderfold or will help come from the past, from a source that will leave Aiden in shock?
<b>Brunderfold is fast, furious and a delight to read! Jason M. Burns has pulled together characters that we can all relate to, they have distinct personalities, easily similar to someone we may have known in school and given us new heroes fighting against evil! Aiden is often poised beyond his years, although his past is shrouded in mystery until midway through this tale when his own inner turmoil becomes more understandable, as does the relationship with his father. There are characters that do an about face and watching their growth and change truly adds to the story! (Okay, that was my inner adult talking.)
Mr. Burns’ writing style is fresh, up-tempo and his use of phrases and comparative references are definitely attention-getting and helped make this the great piece it is. I would mention the lessons learned and the understandings gained, but those were like bonus points for a tale that was already a huge success in my “book.”
Would “we” recommend it for younger readers? Definitely!
Posted October 8, 2013
A teen or adult fantasy read!
When freshman Aiden Holmes discovers the locker to locker #13 that has been sealed for over thirty years a nightmare begins again when a fairytale is brought to life and it sucks the imagination of its victims.
A great story that I read in one seating it was so good. Very intriguing, lots action and twists and turns!