Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary - Brandon Mull {December 17th, 2014} MINI-REVIEW

3.5 stars, would have been 4 to 4.5 originally--reason why in spoilers.

“What you call idiot points, I call awesome dollars."

DRAGONS. This has certainly been one of my fave books but something happened with dinged some starpower for me. Idk. It just made me go NOPE. Honestly it wasn't Seth--Seth, oh he's definitely grown and I've gotten used to his unique brand of stupidity. And everyone else is just perfect as well. The story itself just continues to build and expand in ways I'm pleased to be a part of. There's just something magical about this series...

So where did this go wrong for me, inevitably making me dock points?

Mull, this series was doing SO well until...THAT.




No, seriously it's a MAJOR spoiler, m'kay? I didn't see it coming until too late and instead of being OMG WHAT A TWIST, it was more of a facepalm moment for me... I honestly can't believe Mull pulled a Professor Quirrell with Gavin. GAVIN. Like sure, make all readers know the poor individual with a stuttering problem will be the bad guy. I mean sure JKRowling used it, but come on! It's kind of one of those one time deals where if it's been done before by someone popular and/or famous, don't attempt it because you might induce rage and frustration in readers like me, that ADORE Harry Potter, especially when Gavin was such an endearing character compared to Professor Quirrell--let's face it, I never really trusted that guy where I trusted Gavin. It's a deep betrayal and I would have preferred it to happen differently, preferably without the stutter being a key aspect to the character that is fake. It just sends a wrong message for me, hence why I feel so irked.

I'm torn and disappointed with that specific part. While it was brilliantly done, I just feel like it fell short and made me rage thus taking away my enjoyment. Hell, it even ripped me out of the story to rage about it for a few minutes.

Anyways, the race is on to finish the final book!

Let's see if I can succeed in finishing before I have to hand it in by the end of the day!

“....there is a difference between hearing and listening. You can't always help what you hear. But you can control what holds your interest, what you choose to dwell on.”