Monday, April 18, 2011

The Emerald Atlas - John Stephens

The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning)
The Emerald Atlas
By John Stephens

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I opened this book. I was excited because I felt there was a good vibe from it but was also concerned that it would feel too similar to other books. Although there were moments when I thought “hey this reminds me of…” it only happened early on in the book. If there were moments later on that should have triggered that reaction I didn’t notice it because I was too wrapped up in the story.

The Emerald Atlas was about the adventure three siblings mistakenly fall into. I loved the relationship between the three siblings, they had one of those “I can beat you up because we are related but if someone else tries, they will have to go through me first.” Kate is the oldest and steps into the parental role after they lose their parents. Michael is the cute nerdy kid who has knowledge that turns out to come in handy for the kids. Emma is the youngest of the three and I love her as the comic relief. She is cute and spunky and I couldn’t help but laugh at some of her remarks.

When I started the book, I was instantly excited and obsessed with it. My hopes were high but as the story progressed I found the energy that it opened with had died off and I started to become uninterested but just as I was becoming concerned, the story leveled out and the remainder was a constant pleasure. This is the first book in a series and I am excited to see what comes next.

**Source: ARC from publisher


nat @book, line, and sinker said...

what audience is this book being marketed for? would that explain why the action dropped a bit? i love how you recognized the sibling protection mode--i used to torment my younger sister endlessly but if anyone else dared to try anything, i would smite them. :) glad the ending picked up and left you interested in future installments!

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

@nat @book, line, and sinker Nat, that's a good point. I was going to guess 9-12 but I checked and it is 4-8 which surprised me but makes sense. I don't think I would have even noticed the change in excitement if it hadn't started off with such a bang so in a way it was a good thing because it allowed me to catch my breath.