Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Storm Begins by Damian Dibben Review

Title: The Storm Begins
Author: Damian Dibben
Age Group: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The History Keepers, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The first novel in a blockbuster, cinematic series, The Storm Begins completely captured my imagination, with a potent blend of adventure, humor, British charm, and action straight out of a movie--highly recommended to fans of Harry Potter!

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever lost your parents? Can you imagine losing them, but not in place--in time? Jake Djones's parents have mysteriously disappeared. He discovers that they belong to a secret society, called The History Keepers, protectors of time and history--literally. Pulled into a dangerous, fast-paced quest, he bounces all over time with the special agents. And when he gets wind of a sinister plot threatening the foundation of civilized society, he must find the strength in himself to protect humanity..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel--people being able to travel through time and protect civilization? I was completely sold!
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I couldn't put it down when I began
-The History Keepers society, with the brisk, eccentric Jupitus Cole at its head--I loved all the characters I met through the novel, in particular Jake, his friends, and parents 
-Jake, the young boy who finds the courage to save his friends and family, an adventurer I was cheering for throughout the entire novel
-Topaz, the energetic young woman who is always bickering with her brother, Nathan--I really thought the romance in the novel was sweet
-Nathan, the hilarious, brash young man from South Carolina who never fails to lighten things up by laughing
-Charlie, the eccentric, sweet young man who delights in cooking and false facial hair
-Zeldt, a truly dark villain who just happened to get away--I really hope there's a sequel
-The ending--I really hope there is more to offer in this series

What could've been better:
-At times the logic behind the whole society and time travel got a little muddled for me

Overall, I really, really enjoyed The Storm Begins--a promising start to a great series! Next on deck: Spark by J.B. North!

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