Monday, July 6, 2015

Delano in HollyhookDelano in Hollyhook by Cameron Glenn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book from LibraryThing Member Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.**
Delano Farnsworth is one of the few ‘lucky unfortunates’ chosen to receive an invitation to the magical Camp Hollyhook. After he arrives, however, he quickly discovers that not is all as it seems. With his new camp friends the ‘quirky’ Jackie, the ‘dour’ Lenore and the ‘lonely’ Wheeze, Delano seeks to uncover the sinister true purpose of the camp, as well as learn about his missing parents who abandoned him when he was three, his kidnapped uncle as well as his own self and destiny.

A lot of imagination went into this story. The book is fairly detail-rich with well-developed characters and plenty of action. I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to my kids (10 & 12 years) without hesitation.

Overall it seemed a little rushed - as if this one book could have easily been broken into 4 smaller stories which would be more "digestable". Each sub-story would then have been able to delve more fully into the different regions of this fantastical world, and give the reader more details and enjoyment. I give it 3 stars because I enjoyed the storyline and characters, but felt it needed a little more development to be truly polished.

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