The Carver (Order of the Bell #1) by Jacob Devlin
Release Date; July 19th 2016 by Blaze Publishing

The Carver

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.

I knew nothing about the book before I started, so my mind was BLOWN as I started to put the pieces together the more I read.
Ultimately the book follows various fairy-tale and Disney characters, between this world and another, Florindale.

The main characters; Enzo (Pinnochios son), Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland’s daughter as they fight to save their families who have mysteriously disappeared to a different land.

The chapters are broke up between place and time, set between Florindale 25 years ago, Florindale 3 years ago, and this world in the present day. I love broken stories, they break plots up brilliantly and love to figure the plot out as the story goes along.

The book was VERY fast paced and their was a lot going on… constantly. In some places it did move so quickly I lost where we where and what was going on. I found that most of the plot could be flesh out and explored more. I know its part of a series but the book could definitely have been broken into 2 different books and the story line could have been bulked up somewhat.

I enjoyed the familiarity of the supporting cast, and there were sooo many;
The 7 Dwarfs
Snow While
Prince Charming
The Beast
Alice in Wonderland
Hansel & Gretel
Peter Pan
Wendy Darling
Although most of us already know their stories, I really would have liked some more character development.

Although The Carver is YA it is very YA… in fact YYA. It was very childlike in parts and half way though I doubted if I would even finish it, luckily my stubbornness and a long train journey to London ment I polished it off in a couple of days. On the upside… my daughter would LOVE this series.

That being said I will be diving straight into the next one in the series because it is set in… WONDERLAND

Overall it was a 3 STAR read.

You can check out the author… HERE

Thank you NetGalley, Blaze Publishing & Jacob Devlin

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