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The Carver (Order of the Bell Book 1) by [Devlin, Jacob]
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THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2117 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC (19 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EIT5QR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Melinda on 1 September 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was an intriguing book that had some good elements and some bad. First lets talk about the good. I really liked the uniqueness of the plot and the way that the author re-imagined traditional fairy tale characters, giving their stories new endings and reworking the classic fables. The writing itself was quite good however at times it could be too descriptive. The use of slightly different names or aliases when the characters such as Peter Pan aka Pietro moved from the Old world to the New world was quite useful as without them I would have been quite confused. Often I would forget which time period each character belonged to, (the chapters moved back and forth between the present day and the past), so I could establish the setting just by looking at their names. Now onto the negatives. I found Crescenzo (Enzo for short) to be a really annoying character. I know that he was supposed to be this way in order for him to experience character development, but it still annoyed me how much he brooded and how stubborn he was even when faced with facts. Also, at times the plot was quite slow moving so I had to leave the book for a few hours and come back to it. The book was quite long (370 pages) so if some of the more unimportant scenes were cut I think this would make the plot more enjoyable. Overall, this was an interesting read that had some highlights and some downfalls.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale Road Trip 13 August 2016
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The Carver follows an epic ROAD TRIP with Enzo (the son of Pinocchio), Pietro (grown-up Peter Pan), and Rosana (the daughter of THE Alice—yes, the one who went to Wonderland) as they try to figure out what’s happening to their loved ones–who keep disappearing!

Plot: Here is the short version by way of a quote by HUA MULAN herself (p.191):
“Then let me give you the short version. Hansel is under the control of a dark queen who should have disappeared years ago. She’s trying to come back and using Hansel’s body as a vessel. But to come back in her true form, she needs to gather seven pure souls in the Cavern of Ombre . . . ”

Mood: The Carver was fun all around. There were some darker moments, but overall, I was sucked into both the fairy tale world, and our world–it was amusing experiencing our world through the eyes of the fairy tale characters that found themselves here. (I REALLY want to try Macaroni and Cheese on a stick . . . Didn’t know that existed!!)

Pace: Once I got the hang of the back and forth between the OLD WORLD PRESENT, NEW WORLD PRESENT, and OLD WORLD PAST, it was a fast read.

Characters: Jacob’s twist on the characters was reminiscent of Once Upon a Time, yet he did a wonderful job breathing freshness into the characters and adding lots of twists to the fairy tale world that we all “know.” The characters were unique, and you never knew which beloved (and not so beloved) fairy tale character would show up next. I loved Jacob’s little snippet about The Boy Who Cried Wolf. And I’m still chuckling about: Hook. James Hook. HA!

Writing: Grammatically, this book was well-written.

Cons for me personally: At times the dialogue seemed a bit juvenile and forced. And the !’s were a bit over-used. And at times I was totally confused with where I was–which story line–and had to flip back to remind myself.

Level of Violence: There were several moments of evilness-in-action (loved the twists of the good being forced to do evil, but for great reasons…so intriguing!) and some great fight scenes. My favorite fight scene being when Pietro and Enzo were forced into a joust at a Renaissance Fair! Pietro (Peter Pan) is such a sore loser!

Other Thoughts: I think this sums up the takeaway of this story: “ . . . I think it was a big shock when they got to the big twists, but, in the end, you have to realize that these fairy tales were also influenced very heavily by reality, and unfortunately reality sometimes includes tragedy. Even for the heroes.” -Heather McClavender AKA Violet p.231

Would I recommend this?: If you can’t get enough of fairy tales, this book is for you! Well, even if you are “eh” about fairy tales, this book is a great read! And, I must say, I think this book will be even better the second read through—now that I know what happens, and I can follow the back and forth of the story line.

The Carver ends with a TO BE CONTINUED . . . I will definitely be getting a copy so I can find out what happens to all the characters as they try to save their world and ours from the Ivory Queen—Avoria!
4.0 out of 5 stars Mashup Fairy Tale Retelling. 7 June 2017
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The Carver is like a mashup retelling of fairy tales. This story mostly follows Enzo, Pinnochio's son, on his quest to both learn about his family and to save his missing mother of three years. He meets up with many familiar characters along the way, and the roles they take in this retelling are different and interesting.
The beginning for me was a little slow. I was having trouble grasping who everyone was and getting all their descriptions right in my brain, because as they are familiar characters, I default to the Disney images I've always known. After the first quarter of the book, though, I was invested. I really enjoyed the direction the story took and all the details involved. Jacob Devlin also did a fantastic job transforming and developing characters that so many of us know and love.
I really enjoyed the writing of this book as well, letting us get a look into how everyone was feeling and what they were thinking. It added a lot of depth to the story. There were so many things that were mysteries throughout the story, and they were unveiled at different times, and nothing felt rushed, which I really loved. I cannot wait for book two, but as I am reading with others, I will have to wait hah.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist on familar stories 21 August 2016
By KT Webb - Author - Published on
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I love that Devlin didn't retell the stories we already know. Instead, he added to the classic tales by creating additional stories and weaving them into an action-packed tale. I can't wait to read the next installment!
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME book! 14 February 2017
By bluenewlondon - Published on
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Eagerly awaiting new volumes of this story; Excellent writing & storytelling; AWESOME book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 August 2016
By A Physician - Published on
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This book was such a fun and imaginative read! I adore the characters and world(s) Jacob Devlin created.

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