Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Aboard the train.... for another book review....
Author: Zeinab Alayan
The life of a puppet master is never ordinary. Oliver Deere knew this when he ran away from home to take up the trade of puppetry, but he had no idea just how much his life would change. After his puppets come to life and flee town, Oliver meets up with a masked girl who hides a mysterious past.
As they travel together in search for Oliver's lost puppets, they find that the line between puppet and master is becoming much less clear - and much more deadly.
When Oliver and his companion enter the strange world of The Parade, they begin to realize that their journey will lead them to discover the truth behind a dangerous villain's path, and in the end, discover more about each other.
Review: (Spoiler Alert) Puppet Parade by Zeinab Alayan brings forth an adventure the reader is pulled into. Oliver and Sophie's lives start out dull and boring. Neither one knowing really what the outside world is about. The journey starts out with Sophie locked in her room and Oliver locking himself in his shop. Both characters were well crafted. They only knew the world of isolation until Sophie breaks free. At the same time, Oliver who crafts puppets looses his own work because of them coming alive.
Sophie and Oliver run into each other and this is where the magically enlightening journey begins. Without realizing it, they are pulled into the parade of magical towns which are categorized by theme. In each town, there's something new that pulls the reader in and makes them want more.
The only downfall I found within this journey is the fact that some things are overly detailed. It seemed like the story was drawn out. I caught myself skipping over some places in the end because it seemed easy to guess what would happen. I think this is a great YA book for those who are interested in magic and puppets. I give this book four (4 ****) stars.