Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors

Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors

by Sharon Warchol

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ISBN-13: 9780990449904
Publisher: Pandas Press
Publication date: 09/12/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 332
File size: 739 KB

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ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors is a fantasy for preteens written by Sharon Warchol. Jax Sheppard has special talents that he keeps to himself, mostly. He's super powerful and can run at incredible speeds; a talent his grandfather called 'flashing.' Jax lives with his grandmother now but before that, he lived with his mom, his dad and his little brother. Then his dad left, his mom and his grandfather died, and, after that, his brother died in a freak accident when the two boys and Jax's best friend, Andie, were swimming in the town pool after hours. Jax has always felt guilty about Sebastian's death because he was supposed to take care of him, and he wishes he had died instead. When he returns to the pool a month later, he sees something sparkling down on the bottom of the pool. Sharon Warchol's preteen fantasy, Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors, is an entertaining, quirky and fast-paced story. Jax collects vintage pre-chewed gum and has some rare specimens, but I could never figure out just how he was able to date his treasures. It's all part of a fun and slightly goofy story that's filled with action and adventure. Warchol creates a unique and compelling mythology around the seven fragments of a mirror, which is all-powerful, and the forces of good and evil contending for control of it. I especially liked the setting of the Island of Mirrors in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, and the mingled histories of the Murano glass artisans and the makers of the mirror. Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors is the first volume in a series, and I'm looking forward to reading about Jax's further adventures. This preteen contemporary fantasy is highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers' Favorite Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors, Book One by Sharon Warchol is an excellent mid-grade/pre-teens story to entertain young readers that enjoy stories with magic and low-key kids who become heroes. Jax has a couple of special powers that only he and his grandfather know about. He can run super fast, but why and what causes him to be different from his friends? All seems well until the day his younger brother is killed and he can’t live with the guilt. He and his best friend, Andi, get sucked into a strange tale with an even stranger bunch of people who live on an island.  They all think he is the Arc, but Jax knows better. All he wants is the rest of the pieces of a magical mirror so he can bring his brother back from the dead. The leaders pair him up with the most beautiful girl alive, Kat, her brother, William, Jax’s assistant, Cletus, and Andi and send them to save the world from the most powerful wizard alive. In their travels, Jax finds that not all those he calls friends are who they seem to be. He also learns that wishes don’t always come true. It is a fast paced and age appropriate story that will resonate with kids between eight and fourteen. The characters are believable with real flaws and strengths. It is a clean read that talks about trust, family, friends and the right to choose to be better. A well paced plot is found between the pages of this book. This is a great book to read in summer at the beach, when camping, or on a wintry night in your favorite chair. Warchol did a great job in this story, one that promises much more to come in the sequel. Give it a try.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors (Volume 1) by Sharon Warchol is a spell-binding (pun intended) tale full of magic and mischief. Jax has always wondered why he possesses super human strength, which has been somewhat of a burden at times (dropping a clown on your best friend can really destroy a friendship!). Sneaking out with his BFF Andie and younger brother Sebastian one fateful night, Jax is horrified when Sebastian meets his untimely demise. Suffering with guilt and remorse, Jax finds a mysterious piece of mirror that turns out to belong to an enchanted mirror with special powers. Jax learns why he has extraordinary strength and what his destiny holds as he embarks on a journey to find the rest of the mirror fragments in the hopes he can resurrect Sebastian. Danger lurks around every corner as he and his companions fight evil forces and an unexpected betrayal. Packed full of intriguing characters, magical places and mystical beings, Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors (Volume 1) by Sharon Warchol is a delightful, entertaining tale. Readers of all ages will enjoy getting lost in the depths of this story. Jax is a lovable klutz who stumbles along trying to find his path, making him an endearing and sympathetic character. Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors (Volume 1) is a great edition to the fantasy genre and will be loved by fans of series such as Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter. I look forward to reading additional volumes as Sharon Warchol writes them!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors is a preteen fantasy novel by Sharon Warchol. It centres on thirteen-year-old Jax, a misfit with incredible strength and supernatural abilities, who is just trying to blend in at school when disaster strikes. After his brother is killed in strange, unfortunate circumstances, Jax sets forth with a fragment of a magical mirror that promises adventure and resurrection. What follows is an epic quest to recover the remaining pieces of Kaptropoten mirror where Jax’s abilities will be tested, along with his own sense of strength, and the insecurities he faces as someone who stands out from the usual crowd. This was a stunning book. Easily placed among the realms of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and Darren Shan, author Sharon Warchol had created a voice which speaks to the child in us all. Jax’s adventures are fraught with intrigue and interest at every turn, and there is a never a dull moment in this well-told tale. Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors will delight the young teens and more advanced tweens that it’s aimed at, but for those like me who hark back to the days of vivid, captivating fantasy tales with excellent characters, this is also a great read for adults. If it’s adventure, warmth and plenty of magic you seek, then I’d highly recommend Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors as a whole-family read. The engaging plot and realistic characters of this talented author should serve to melt even the most critical heart.
Logan_Williams More than 1 year ago
As much as I hate to admit this, the only book series that I have read from first book to last is "Harry Potter". The reason this fact is important is because I believe the Jack Sheppard series to be just as good. The story makes me want to keep reading, and I wish all the books were out so that I could! It's easy to read and understand, and you never want to put it down once you start! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the writings of J.K. Rowling. Sharon Warchol has written something so special, that it's bound to be a complete hit. A hit just as big as the "Harry Potter" series! Bravo! Can't wait for the rest of the books to come out!