Synopsis: (Custody of Goodreads)
High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw — if she lives long enough to enroll, that is.
Jenni's ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to another world.
There they encounter amazing creatures, some of which think a kid shish kebab would be a tasty treat. But they soon find the greatest dangers they face may come from themselves …
Follow Jenni and her class on their extraordinary adventures in their fight to discover who — and what — they really are.
The story starts out reminding me of Percy Jackson because of the field trip. At first I though this is going to be a copy cat but as they story moves along, was I ever wrong.
First of all, the story moves at the PERFECT pace, not boringly slow but not too fast so that it can include details. The characters are full of characters, whoa that sounded weird. I did not hate any of the characters (and I always hate some characters in a book). I really like juvenile book characters where the book do not focus on relationships with the main girl and guy, but focus on the mystical story. The book focus on the journey, or adventure the main characters have. The plot is so captivating that I couldn't put it down.
I love the setting! It was very mysterious and magical. This was definitely one reason I love juvenile books. The descriptions allowed you to imagine yourself the world full with elemental spirits, goblins, dragons and more.
The story kind of reminds me of Narnia with all the creatures and enchanting scenery. But a better comparison might be the mini 2 part series of Neverland.
I really enjoyed the evil side's POV. To me, it was far more interesting than the good side. It just feel like there was more going on than the good side. The good side just basically walked, not very interesting. But with the evil side, you discover a lot of things which is awesome.
When the children entered the main city, wow, was that an experience! I really loved the writing!
Seriously this book was amazing! It had all I wanted in a book. Even with Michael Scott's books I had to put it down and reread it months after. This is why I am drawn towards books that are for ages 9-12 because I don't want to deal with the crappy relationships and other boring stuff YA books offer me. Brilliant job Alan!
FIVE SHINNY, HAPPY STARS!