Saturday, September 18, 2010

Book Review: Midnight for Charlie Bone

TITLE: Midnight for Charlie Bone
Book 1 in the Children of the Red King series
AUTHOR: Jenny Nimmo
CATEGORY: Childrens
GENRE: fantasy, adventure
PREMISE: Charlie discovers he has a magic gift and is sent to a magic school...
MY REVIEW: If the first thing that pops into your head is that this book sounds like it's a Harry Potter're pretty much on the money. Unfortunately, unlike other so-called Harry Potter rip-offs (see Percy Jackson series) this one isn't very good. Now to be fair, I'm not the target audience. I'm pretty sure this series is intended for the younger kids of Harry Potter starting to read on their own. Now for them, this may be a passable book. But for everyone else? This book is dull, dull, DULL.
It all sounds exciting in the summary but the book itself is just flat. The characters are flat. The writing is flat. The plot...I don't even GET what the plot is supposed to be. It drags. It's just all together dull. Reading it became tedious and plus stuff didn't make any sense, it felt like the author was practically making it up as she went.
So I'm sorry to say, this series is kind of a dud. If you have younger kids then maybe check it out from the library for them but otherwise? I wouldn't bother.
WHO SHOULD READ: younger kids (who haven't read Harry Potter yet)
MY RATING: Two out of Five orange cats

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