- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (February 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481897810
- ISBN-13: 978-1481897815
- Source: I received this in exchange for an honest review.
- Rating: 5/5
For 200 years, the hero's magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don't even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone
who uses a cell phone.
Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that's not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future ...
Let me start by saying that I am in love with these books, the cover of this one I'm not a fan of. It just didn't connect me to the story. :/ But thinking about the story- that I loved!
As usual, we get the best kind of heroine- a brave one that isn't weak and doesn't back down from things, even if she's scared. What a great freaking role model! We need more female characters like Alice.
Ken and Isabella have done an amazing job at creating this amazing story. The work that they've invested into combining a unique story with old classic stories and fairytales is amazing. The detail and development is just as good as the first book.
I absolutely LOVE their character arcs. They really know how to develop the story as they go. It isn't just a standard retelling of old stories, no, these guys have thrown amazing character with great personalities and complex ideas. The entire concept surrounding Alice and the Corrupted is great and it doesn't get old!
I cannot wait to see what will happen in future stories. I know that there is a set amount for this series, but I hope that Ken and Isabella will keep writing together and come up with something just as amazing when it ends! KEEP THEM COMING! I LOVE THEM and recommend them to EVERYONE! That's right, that means you, so go get a copy now!
I received my MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I've had over a dozen short stories published.
In addition to regularly contributing literary fiction to various journals and magazines, my current project is a Young Adult series called The Grimm Chronicles. Maybe you've heard of it? No? Really? Well ...
My co-author Isabella Fontaine and I devised 3 "rules" for this Young Adult series. They're important to us.
1. There are no love triangles. We've set this as an explicit rule. Our main character might find love, but she won't be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.
2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn't mean she can't kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.
3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters ... but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.