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The Carver

The Carver

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by Jacob Devlin

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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


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.

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Blaze Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
Order of the Bell , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
11 Years

Meet the Author

When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.

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The Carver 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 6 months ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Carver by Jacob Devlin is a wonderful fairytale. The stories we all know get an interesting sequel that starts with the question what if Peter Pan and Pinocchio grew up? Enzo was a happy child who loved it when his father carved him figurines. His mother’s disappearance changed all that. His neighbor’s wife and son went missing shortly after. When a strange man abducts his father, Enzo learns every story he’s heard is part of his origins. His father is Pinocchio. His best friend is the son of Peter Pan. Working with the Flying Man himself, they come across Rosana living in a New York subway in hopes of finding her missing mother with the familiar moniker, Alice. They come across an assortment of fan favorite characters in this eccentric tale of adventure, growing up, and family. Jacob Devlin jumps through three different years, but each scene is one piece to a puzzle. The more you read, the more you learn. Everything about the characters may not be what it seems, but there are inside jokes that any lover of these classic stories will be able to decipher. Adult Pinocchio is a Carver, a subtle hint at his past as a wooden toy and Geppetto. The Carver has a fun assortment of characters from Kaa to the huntsman to Alice to Quasimodo. Their personalities are similar to what we know from pop culture, but Jacob Devlin gives them a quirky modern update. He mixes our modern world and obsession with media (pop culture) with the very things we’re obsessed with, including a production of Peter Pan. For those craving a fresh new take on old tales, this is the perfect novel!
onemused 11 months ago
"The Carver" is the story of Pinocchio and Peter Pan who escaped the land of fairy tales when they were boys to be able to grow up in the real world. They grew up, got married, and each had a son, living next door to the other. Now, Pino's wife and Peter's wife and son have been captured, followed by Pino. Peter (Pietro) and Pino's son (Enzo, short for Crescenzo) are following the clues Pino, who is the titled carver, has left for them. Along the way, they meet Alice's daughter, Mulan, Prince Charming (Liam), and others. The book jumps between the present, 25 years ago when the children left the fairy tale world, and 3 years ago when the disappearances began. It's fast paced and intricate, following a few plots which each have many adventures and bad guys. This fairy tale world seems to follow the Disney version of the fairy tales, which is probably okay since those are the ones most modern teens would know. Enzo and Rosana (Alice's daughter) are very recognizable teenagers with their usual qualms and characteristics, making them very realistic and likable as main characters. The plot really begins to come together and get going about a third of the way into the book, as the timelines begin to clarify the mysteries. It reminds me of "Once Upon a Time," the TV show, as there are fairy tale characters in the real world causing problems. Although this has a different storyline, it does have a similar feel. I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and I really enjoyed this overall. I found some of the mixing of all kinds of fairy tales a bit odd at points (Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Merlin, and Mulan all in one place and interacting?). I think I might have liked it better if they were in different countries in the fairy tale world, so that their stories could have occurred there/would make a little more sense. It almost seemed like they were just trying to cram in as many as possible. Aside from the overwhelming number of fairy tale characters, I liked the story. It was fun, action-packed, and delightful to read. Be forewarned, it ends with a to be continued, so I will definitely be anticipating the next installment! Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This was an intriguing book that had some good elements and some bad. First lets talk about the good. I really liked the uniqueness of the plot and the way that the author re-imagined traditional fairy tale characters, giving their stories new endings and reworking the classic fables. The writing itself was quite good however at times it could be too descriptive. The use of slightly different names or aliases when the characters such as Peter Pan aka Pietro moved from the Old world to the New world was quite useful as without them I would have been quite confused. Often I would forget which time period each character belonged to, (the chapters moved back and forth between the present day and the past), so I could establish the setting just by looking at their names. Now onto the negatives. I found Crescenzo (Enzo for short) to be a really annoying character. I know that he was supposed to be this way in order for him to experience character development, but it still annoyed me how much he brooded and how stubborn he was even when faced with facts. Also, at times the plot was quite slow moving so I had to leave the book for a few hours and come back to it. The book was quite long (370 pages) so if some of the more unimportant scenes were cut I think this would make the plot more enjoyable. Overall, this was an interesting read that had some highlights and some downfalls.
ChaoticKarma23 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Crescenzo, son of Pinocchio, grew up in Virginia not knowing of his heritage. His mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father also goes missing, he goes to find his family, with the help of his neighbor, Pietro, who is really Peter Pan. The good: I enjoyed the plot to this story. It was definitely a unique and interesting storyline with twists and turns and a whole slew of fun fairytale characters. The bad: At some points, I was a little confused as to what age group this was aimed at. Some of it seems written for young adults. At other times it seems more aimed at children. So that kind of threw me off a bit. The good/bad: The idea of fairytale characters having been placed into our time and the back and forth between the old world and our world, the "new world", seemed like it was taken straight from the tv series "Once Upon A Time". I'm a huge fan of the series, so in some ways I enjoyed the similarity and in some ways it kind of bothered me. All in all, I found this to be a fun and interesting read with a unique storyline. I have no regrets reading it and I do recommend it to fans of fantasy and fairytales.
SissyLu More than 1 year ago
I’m the girl who never wanted to grow up as far as reading went because I love sticking my nose in pretty much any retelling out there that involves a fairytale or folklore. The more twisted the better, for me. A debut author who is coming out with a book with some beloved childhood favorites? Sure, I’m on it. However, as I began to get further into the book I found myself scratching my head. This book is classified as a Young Adult and some context might be aimed at older teens but the overall feel has a pre-teen feel to it. The conversational pieces came across as childish, but there were also complex pieces that would likely go over a 12-year old’s head. The story itself bounces back and forth through three time periods, which can be a little frustrating when you just want a particular plot to move forward, but it allows you to see the way past – the past – and the present time. There are many, many, many, [and much more,] characters that are introduced that play minor and major parts, but they are almost haphazardly thrown into the mix. Kaa the snake [Jungle Book,] Hua Mulan [Mulan,] Merlin, [Sword in the Stone,] there was a lot going on and it felt like more of a distraction as well as a hindrance than something that would aid in the plot. I couldn’t dive as deep as I wanted to into this book, the description of the times/world was there but I wasn’t able to delve into this story like I wanted to due to the aforementioned issues. Overall, I found myself teetering from a 2-2.5. Ideas were there, but the execution wasn’t there for me. The characters were a bit interchangeable and the dialogue also wasn’t there for me.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Told between 'present' time and flashbacks, taking place between the old world and the new. The Carver tells the story of many of our fairy tale favourites, including Alice (in Wonderland), Hansel and Gretel, Peter Pan, Pinocchio to name but a few. There are many strands to this tale that are woven together, but you do need to take note of where, when and who you are reading about. Full of action and adventure, this tale twists and turns on itself so you are never quite sure as whether the 'goodies' are winning or losing! If you like twisted fairytales, then I can definitely recommend giving this one a go! Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!