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The Night of the Solstice Reviews

  • Jim
    2018-11-23 10:12

    When I first picked up this book I thought the author L.J. Smith was 'Little John Smith', the former tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles and that he had just branched into writing young-reader fantasy novels, but part of the way in I realized he wasn't capable of writing something this bad and that I was actually reading this chick. Once I got over my initial shock and disappointment I really tried to force myself to enjoy this book, kind of like when your wife forces you to see Twilight for the 7th time, but deep down you know you'd rather let steroid raging boxers use your nut sack as a speed bag than sit through this again.To briefly summarize, this book is about 4 siblings, Alys, Janie, Charles and Claudia, who meet some talking badger, or something, who tells them they have to jump into a mirror to save a smoking hot sorceress from some evil guy before the winter solstice. The characters are so poorly developed I found myself frequently wishing for their capture and torture just to spice it up a bit. I'd actually forget their names in between readings. And the word choice was a bad case of someone falling in love with their thesaurus a little too much. Look, I've read worse, like The Rogue's Hour, but is that really the endorsement you want for a book you're considering reading?

  • Miriam
    2018-11-20 10:08

    A nice, solid, traditional kids-save-the-world adventure fantasy, featuring four diverse siblings who are randomly asked for help by a familiar when her sorceress is taken prisoner by old enemies in an alternate dimension.There are definite weaknesses, but a good, fun first novel showing touches of imagination and humor. My favorite scene was where, instead of the traditional riddle contest, the girls have to win a game of Question against a subterranean monster.I'm glad to have finally gotten a copy of this, even if it is many years after reading the stronger sequel, Heart Of Valor.

  • Lyndsay
    2018-11-27 17:24

    Maybe I'm old (I'm not really old) but I already feel this horrible disconnect between my generation and the generations after me. Its like how you wonder about your parent's musical tastes. I'm nor sure if young adults would like this book. I think that culture has moved on. I think now things are more polished, or flashier, more complicated, or more SOMETHING that I cannot put my finger on because I am 30 (see, not really old). Besides, they have Twilight for their generation. A poor substitute, but I'm not the intended audience anymore so what do I know?But when I was eleven....oh my did I LOVE this book. I loved everything L.J. Smith wrote. But this one seemed different. Her writing voice seemed clearer, and I related to the characters. They were siblings, after all, and most people know how they deal with siblings. Later on her books became about forbidden and tragic romance and when you are that young you can IMAGINE being in love but not in a realistic way.My copy of this book is DESTROYED with re-readings through the years and maybe I'm holding onto it out of nostalgia instead of its inherent literary value but I stand by the idea that it is a gem in the genre even today.

  • Melly
    2018-11-28 17:15

    When I found a copy if this book in a charity shop last weekend and read the back, I knew it seemed familiar. As if I had read it before but I couldn't remember when or how. This morning I decided to give it a go and I read the entire book in one day. The first few chapters of the book I had certainly read before, the rest I could not remember. But now I am very glad I didn't stop reading :)This is not one of these flashy, crazy fantasy stories. No, this story is more...intense? Calm? Captivating? The characters are amazingly different from each other and yet they all seem to get along well enough. Real magic only happens in the five last chapters of the book and before that, the magic is more subtle and passive. This was certainly one of the best books I have read in a while!

  • Jordan
    2018-11-18 10:02

    2,5/5http://wandering-world.skyrock.com/31...Le plus gros avantage de ce roman est devenu pour moi un énorme inconvénient : La Nuit Du Solstice regroupant deux opus en un seul, je me sentais obligé d'avaler les deux tomes en même temps. Mais, malheureusement, en terminant le tome 1, je dois me rendre à l'évidence : je n'accroche vraiment, mais alors vraiment, pas à l'histoire. Je déteste ne pas terminer un livre. C'est horriblement frustrant, mais c'est ainsi. Je peux au moins me dire que j'ai été au bout du premier tome, ce qui me déculpabilise un peu. Je suis d'autant plus gêné de ne pas arriver à la conclusion de La Nuit Du Solstice car les Édition Michel Lafon me l'ont très gentiment offert grâce à notre partenariat. Moi qui voulait tenter à nouveau du L.J. Smith, je dois bien avouer que je suis déçu. Explications.Au départ, l'intrigue qui se met en place m'a très agréablement surpris. Les personnages principaux, à savoir Alys, Claudia, Charles et Janie, sont tous adorables. Comme ils sont frères et soeurs, on sent bien qu'il y a une vraie complicité et un véritable attachement entre eux. C'est vrai qu'au niveau des protagonistes, La Nuit Du Solstice ne m'a pas chagriné. Du moins, dans les premiers chapitres. Ils m'ont paru très profonds, pleins d'humanité et très protecteurs les uns envers les autres. Il est vrai que là, Lisa Jane Smith marque des points.Malheureusement, très vite, plusieurs évènements vont se succéder. Et là... C'est la débandade. Dès le départ, j'ai trouvé que l'auteure utilisait beaucoup trop la facilité. Les réactions des personnages face à certaines situations m'ont semblé surfaites et peu travaillées. Trop simples, trop prévisibles, les surprises et les dénouements de ces dernières m'ont juste énormément déplu. J'ai eu l'impression que L.J. Smith optait, à chaque fois, pour le chemin le plus basique à prendre. Dommage, car j'aime lorsqu'une histoire me surprend et me coupe le souffle. Ici, je n'ai rien ressenti de cela.Même si j'adore me casser la tête pour comprendre une énigme ou une histoire, il y a bien une chose que je déteste faire pour déchiffrer l'univers que l'auteur a voulu nous transmettre : relire sans cesse la même page pour tenter de digérer la mythologie qu'on veut nous offrir. Les descriptions de Lisa Jane Smith concernant Féerie m'ont juste complètement perdu. Je suis incapable de vous expliquer le fonctionnement de ce monde magique. Tout est confus, et j'ai eu l'impression, à plusieurs reprises, que nous découvrions des choses d'un seul coup au milieu de l'histoire, alors qu'elles auraient dû nous être expliquées auparavant. Soit on reçoit une tonne d'explications d'une traite, soit les non-dits se multiplient et on se perd totalement dans l'histoire. Pourtant, j'ai insisté, je vous assure !Malgré tout, je dois bien avouer que l'atmosphère du roman rattrape un tout petit peu les bémols cités plus haut. Le cadre dans lequel se déroule l'histoire est tout de même agréable à découvrir. Dans le monde réel, plusieurs éléments rendent le climat prenant : vieille bâtisse sur la colline, nuit noire, pleine lune, forêt et histoires de sorcières. C'est sûrement grâce à cela que j'ai adhéré à l'histoire au départ. Il en va de même une fois plongés dans Féerie. Là, nous faisons la connaissance d'une myriade de personnages intrigants, mais pas assez développés à mes yeux. L'ambiance est fascinante également, car nous baignons dans un cadre enchanteur et littéralement ensorcelant.On parvient à la conclusion du roman sans trop s'en apercevoir. Lisa Jane Smith tente de nous décrire une scène de bataille magique dans les dernières pages, mais ça n'a pas vraiment eu d'effet sur moi. J'ai peiné à y croire, voilà tout. Les réactions et les sentiments m'ont paru, une fois de plus, surjoués et trop simples. Le grand dénouement de l'histoire est lui aussi, pour moi, trop rapide et pas assez approfondi. La toute fin du premier tome est assez étrange et ne m'a pas convaincu. ( Je vais éviter les spoilers au maximum : ) Comment peuvent-ils laisser Janie avec elle sans verser une seule larme ? On dirait qu'il est normal "d'abandonner" un frère ou une soeur au bord de la route. Vraiment, cette fin est... Spéciale.En conclusion, je pense que si "Solstice d'Hiver", le premier tome de La Nuit Du Solstice, était sorti sans sa suite, je n'aurai pas lu cette dernière. Et, malheureusement, c'est ce qu'il m'arrive aujourd'hui bien que le tome 2 soit déjà disponible dans le roman. Le premier opus n'a pas su me convaincre de m'engager pour les aventures à venir de Charles, Alys, Janie et Claudia. Malgré un début captivant et qui m'a beaucoup plu, La Nuit Du Solstice se révèle être une petite déception ( petite car je n'en attendais pas énormément de ce livre ). Trop confus, doté de trop de simplicités et d'émotions qui m'ont semblé fausses, ce roman n'a pas su me toucher. J'ai eu l'impression de rester trop longtemps en surface, sans pénétrer pleinement dans l'intrigue. J'aimerai insister sur une chose : ceci n'est que mon ressenti. J'ai de plus en plus de mal avec Lisa Jane Smith, mais ce n'est pas obligatoirement le cas de tout le monde. Si vous aimez cette auteure, vous aimerez sûrement cette histoire. Personnellement, je n'ai pas su apprécier l'univers qu'elle a voulu m'offrir à sa juste valeur. Il ne me correspondait pas, c'est aussi simple que cela.

  • Izlinda
    2018-12-12 13:07

    I first started reading L.J. Smith almost a decade ago. I finished all the books of the Nightworld series, The Vampire Diaries series and the trilogies: The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions. While impatient for the final Nightworld book to come out, I drifted to read other authors and series.Recently I got re-interested in LJ Smith and was surprised to find out from her Wikipedia page she had two "companion novels" out.The Night of the Solstice being the first andThe Heart of Valor being its concluding book. And these two books before all the others I've read. So I dithered and waited a few days after I found out the existence of this book before I crumpled and bought it. The four Hodges-Bradley children - little Claudia, the twins Charles and Janie and the eldest sister Alys - are summoned to help find the witch Morgana trapped in the Wildworld in order to prevent an evil sorcerer from coming in our world (the Stillworld) on the solstice and wreaking havoc. Her house has mirrors used as Passages between the worlds. I found this book rather different from Smith's other books, or perhaps the years have blurred my memory. The children seem more believable with their selfish motives, acts, and hurtful, sarcastic words. Some of the witches are believable with their haughty behavior, whereas others get too little time in the book to be nothing more than the typical villain/antagonist who has not a bit of good left in themselves. A bit more detail into the male villain's torture at the hands of the Inquisition would have made the story a little more fleshed out. However, as her first book written in the late 1980's and geared towards children/young teens (heehee) it isn't all that bad.

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2018-11-25 12:23

    The Good Stuff * Magic, sorcerers, flying serpents, talking foxes and lots of adventure! * Intriguing bad guys/gals * Wonderfully real and interesting characters * You won't want to put it down * Reminded me a little of Lion Witch and Wardrobe without the religious imagery. Not really the story but the way the children worked together. Very real sibling relationships. * Fantastic opening that really grabs your attention and draws you into the story * Looking forward to the next book in the series "Heart of Valor" * Great epic fantasy quest for the younger setThe Not so Good Stuff * A wee bit predictable, but just a wee bit * Again irritated by the fact that the parents are useless and out of touchFavorite Quotes/Passages"Yes, you! Why do you think I have wasted all this time recounting the history of Wildfolk? For my own amusement? I need help, and you four have able bodies and fair to middling minds. Or so I thought.""You are responsible for what will happen to you next, you are the creator of your own future.""Do you think Morgana would let me trade in my Kryptonite for a dirt bike?"What I Learned * That I would love the ability to talk to animals * I much prefer YA fantasy novels to those written for adultsWho should/shouldn't read * Pretty much anyone who likes to lose themselves in a story * The darkness/violence may be a little much for younger readers * Thinking my neighbors daughter is going to love this4 Dewey's

  • Bex
    2018-12-07 12:14

    The story itself was quite interesting. A group of siblings discover that magic is real and that they need to save a sorceress in order to stop a bunch of people from another world punching through the fabric between worlds and causing all kinds of chaos. Not sparkling original, I'll grant you, but still fun, and there are a thousand and one ways that story can be told in an entertaining fashion. Mixing some Celtic mythology, the hidden history of this world, and playing around with some fantasy elements to make a creative and interesting setting was pretty well done here, and I like the effect. The world the children end up in isn't overly analyzed or picked apart, it isn't glorified or put down. It just is. And so much was glossed over because of the pressing needs of the questing kids, but that in itself lends a bit more magic to the Wildworld. You can't help but wonder what you're not seeing. For those who enjoy a good mid-grade fantasy, or for those who have or who know children who'd enjoy a good epic fantasy quest, I do recommend this book. For most, though, this book is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of book. It kills some time, but ultimately my life wasn't changed by reading it. Won't stop me from reading the sequel, though!

  • Jessica
    2018-12-10 11:20

    36 books/2010My relationship with L.J. Smith started while I was in middle school, about 1997. I devoured her books. She was my favorite author and first fandom. At the time, several of her novels were already out of print, including this one and its sequel. It was quite a feat trying to find an affordable copy. I never did. So, I was filled with childish delight when I learned that this book was back in print.Beyond that, I was weary because I was disappointed by Nightfall. However, I was absolutely pleased by Night of the Solstice. Intended for younger readers than her Night World series, I thought it was original and unpredictable.

  • Nilsson
    2018-11-19 11:02

    I think Alys must be related to Rosalind Penderwick or Kendra Sorenson? It seems like they have the same sort of responsible personalities. Now I know that doesn't just come from being the oldest, because my oldest brother is definitely nothing like this. There must be something to it that I'm not completely understanding. I really suspect they were all relatives, hence all of them knowing about magic (except Rosalind. But someone still wrote a book about her, so maybe someone was recording their family history).That was a good trick they played during the question game, and it does work in real life, for the record. Used it on my brother.

  • Astoria
    2018-11-24 11:11

    The Night of the solstice is one of my favorite children books.

  • Rocky
    2018-12-06 15:02

    Smith spins a tale through hilarious and crisp dialogue about the four Hodges-Bradley children. The brave, oldest child, armed with a baseball bat, throws herself into danger to protect the world from annihilation. The middle twins are as different as day and night. The brainy and recalcitrant girl solves life-or-death puzzles like a Sherlock Holmes but only when she feels like it, while the adventure-loving boy loyally joins his sisters on any quest no matter the consequences. The youngest is the first to sense something is wrong and the last to run from it. It is youngest child that doggedly drags her siblings into adventures. Four non-magic children, battle sorcerers and wild magic with nothing but their wits to save Earth from destruction. With the four of them working other, there is nothing they cannot do!

  • Sophia
    2018-12-12 16:15

    I read this book when I was about 1o or 11 and I really enjoyed it. Surprised to find out now that the author of this wrote The Vampire Diaries, a series I hate. At least this book was enjoyable.

  • PassioneBijoux&Fantasy
    2018-11-27 16:25

    Storia molto carina, ma mi aspettavo di più.

  • Emma Valieu
    2018-12-03 17:28

    [2.5/5]Jusqu’à ce livre, je ne connaissais d’L.J. Smith que sa célèbre saga « Vampire Diaries » ; hésitant encore à ouvrir le premier tome de celle-ci car elle ne bénéficie que de peu d’éloges de lecteurs « censés », La nuit du solstice semblait donc être le bon compromis pour découvrir l’auteure…La nuit du solstice regroupe en fait les deux premiers tomes de la saga « Wild World », l’histoire de quatre frère et sœurs qui se retrouvent au milieu d’une querelle entre sorciers et êtres féériques dans un monde parallèle.Au départ, j’ai eu l’agréable sensation de plonger dans un mix de Narnia et d’Harry Potter : animaux qui parlent, contrées magnifiques de l’Imaginaire, fées farfelues… J’ai d’ailleurs été surprise que ce roman date de 1987 ! C’est donc plutôt enjouée que j’ai commencé à tourner les pages. Cependant, plus je les tournais, plus je devenais dubitative. Quand il se passe quelque chose, on se rend vite compte qu’en fait… il ne se passe rien. Imaginez, un affrontement est sur le point d’avoir lieu et finalement, il n’y en a pas. Ou pire : une révélation arrive mais elle est tellement complexe ou, au contraire, tellement ridicule que vous restez à terre au lieu de vous laisser embarquer. Frustrant.L’une des rares surprises que j’ai eu en lisant La nuit du solstice est la déviation de l’histoire vers la légende arthurienne, en seconde partie du livre. Une bonne surprise au départ jusqu’à ce qu’elle me paraisse comme un manque d’imagination de la part de l’auteure.Les jeunes héros sont plutôt sympathiques mais ne marquent pas les esprits. Les mondes « enchantés » ne sont pas suffisamment décrits, d’ailleurs L.J. Smith ne doit pas être fan des détails. Même les scènes un peu plus sombres sont écourtées, stoppées juste avant de laisser poindre une petite angoisse chez le lecteur.Au final, c'est une lecture sympatounette mais dont j’aurais pu me passer sans la regretter. L.J. Smith m'a vraiment donnée l'impression d'avoir raconter une histoire sans l'adorer, sans avoir été touchée par la féerie qu'elle a elle-même créée , c'est vide d'émotions.Les Plus :- Le visuel est accessible, facilement imaginable bien que trop peu fourni.Les Moins :- Nombreuses coquilles par endroits.- L.J. Smith n'a pas assez décrit son univers.

  • Bibliotropic
    2018-11-27 18:18

    The problem with reading books intended for younger audiences is that it can be very hard to put ones mind back to the age group the book is intended for. As such, my adult mind was saying things like, "They actually expect the 'doll under the bedcovers' trick to actual fool parents?" and, "Does anyone not know how to solve that trick/riddle/game?" at regular intervals while reading Night of the Solstice.The writing style was nothing special. It didn't stand out as particularly amazing or particularly bad. However, that wasn't necessarily a drawback, as sometimes with books the writing style can actually detract from enjoyment of the story being told, whether the style is good or bad, and in this case I could just move with the words and see the story unfold instead of being wowed or disgusting with phrasing or horrible copyediting. Not sure if that's a bonus. Let's call it a neutral point, but still one worth commenting on.The story itself was quite interesting. A group of siblings discover that magic is real and that they need to save a sorceress in order to stop a bunch of people from another world punching through the fabric between worlds and causing all kinds of chaos. Not sparkling original, I'll grant you, but still fun, and there are a thousand and one ways that story can be told in an entertaining fashion. Mixing some Celtic mythology, the hidden history of this world, and playing around with some fantasy elements to make a creative and interesting setting was pretty well done here, and I like the effect. The world the children end up in isn't overly analyzed or picked apart, it isn't glorified or put down. It just is. And so much was glossed over because of the pressing needs of the questing kids, but that in itself lends a bit more magic to the Wildworld. You can't help but wonder what you're not seeing.For those who enjoy a good mid-grade fantasy, or for those who have or who know children who'd enjoy a good epic fantasy quest, I do recommend this book. For most, though, this book is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of book. It kills some time on the bus, but ultimately my life wasn't changed by reading it.Won't stop me from reading the sequel, though!

  • SJH (A Dream of Books)
    2018-12-17 12:16

    I liked this book but I didn't love it. I came across it in the library a few weeks ago and as a big fan of L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries series I thought it was about time I branched out and read some of her other books. She seems to have a huge back-catalogue. This is a re-release as it was originally published in 1987. Even though this title is over twenty years old, it seems to have aged very well. I do think that it would probably be more suited to a slightly younger teen audience though.The story is very narnia-esque, cue four children who enter another world when they are tasked with rescuing a sorceress who is the only one capable of closing the pathways to the Wildworld before evil can be brought upon the earth. The four children are pretty ordinary and unassuming but show their mettle and bravery when it is needed most. They each have individual qualities that come into play throughout the story and work well together as a team. I loved Alys, the oldest sister and Claudia the youngest. I thought that Janie was a bit full of herself at times and the character of Charles could have been developed slightly more. But I liked the fact that they stuck together and worked as a unit. I loved the air of mystery surrounding the story and all the little challenges they had to go through and overcome before they could rescue Morgana. I also liked some of the characters that they met along the way, including the serpent (loved him!) and the vixen, although it would have been good if the latter had been more involved. The vixen didn't appear much except at the beginning and end of the book. I think it only fell down for me because I adore the Vampire Diaries series and so I had quite high expectations for this which weren't quite met. Saying that, this was still an enjoyable read and I shall be checking out the sequel called 'Heart of Valour' which is being re-published by Simon and Schuster in January 2011.

  • Tessa
    2018-11-28 10:26

    En commençant ce livre j’avais une petite appréhension. Il me tentait énormément de par sa superbe couverture et son histoire mais Lisa Jane Smith est une auteure que je suis beaucoup mais qui ne réussit pas à me convaincre à chaque fois.Finalement, elle assez bien réussi le pari et même si on ressent pas mal le côté jeunesse, l’auteure nous emmène dans un nouveau monde plein de surprises (qu’elles soient bonnes ou mauvaises).J’ai retrouvé un petit côté Narnia dans l’idée de traverser les miroirs pour accéder à un autre monde fantastique et nos quatre héros ressemble un peu aussi aux frères et soeurs Penvensie.Au fil de l’histoire, on les suit au travers d’une guerre que se mènent des sorciers et on rencontre alors d’étranges personnages, animaux et autres choses pas vraiment qualifiables: Morgane la gardienne du passage, Elwyn l’insouciante, Cadal Forge qui souhaite se venger, Thia Pendriel qui sait cacher son jeu, les serpents à plumes, la renarde… Tous ajoutent un petit plus à l’histoire et qu’ils soient du côté du bien ou du mal tout n’est pas tout beau tout rose dans leurs actions et leurs humeurs.Un point que j’ai beaucoup apprécié est sans nul doute le rapprochement avec une légende, rendant l’histoire plus plausible et moins jeunesse. C’est d’ailleurs ce qui fait la différence entre les deux tomes. Dans le second, les héros ont mûri, le lecteur en sait plus, l’action prend de l’ampleur et c’est pourquoi je l’ai préféré au premier.Ce qui manque cependant au livre en entier, ce serait d’avoir plus de descriptions sur le monde magique. On aimerait réellement en voir plus sur ses paysages et on ne nous donne pas assez de détails pour pouvoir réellement s’y projeter.Au final, les tomes tomes se lisent assez bien. L’histoire en elle-même ne casse pas des briques mais nous permet de passer un bon moment tout de même!

  • Francais Parker
    2018-11-26 14:14

    I had a very difficult time immersing myself into this story. Maybe it's just too young for me.

  • .·:*¨ × Shannon♥Loving Tomas Vrbada Like Woe × ¨*:
    2018-12-15 15:25

    Before she made a name for herself in the YA series department, before she gave us Stefan and Damon Salvatore and the endless waiting for the conclusion of Night World, L.J. Smith gave us Wild World in her debut novel.This book is very creative and very smart. I really liked how L.J. created Wild World and how she had so many fun fantasy elements and a really decent backstory, Alys and Janie also have nice character development.I must admit, I felt that certain things that happened were kind of convenient and this is actually pretty mature for a children's book. Considering the kids do quite a bit of questionable things, all in the name of saving the world from possible war and destruction. And it gets intense in the last 100 pages or so.I'm not sure if this is for children since the kids resort to (view spoiler)[forgery, lying, doing magic, vandalism and theft. (hide spoiler)] Sure, kids in these stories usually get into mischief but I feel this is for a much older audience like Young Adult.That being said, I'm eager for the sequel.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-21 16:19

    This story is definitely very derivative of the The Chronicles of Narnia and a bit of The Hobbit, but in spite of that, it’s a somewhat fresh retelling. The four children enter the Wildworld via mirrors and their first encounter is a fox rather than a faun; the similarities continue. However, since it’s a modern novel, the pace is much faster (it’s two weeks to the winter solstice), and there are less details and less character development by far. I wasn’t as disappointed as some other reviewers as my copy did indicate it was for 8-12 year olds, which I think is appropriate and would probably lead them on to the classics. It might serve as a fun and easy fantasy literature starter book. Don’t look for depth and complexity, but enjoy a fairly simple and somewhat fun adventure in and out of an alternative world.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2018-11-24 12:07

    The Night of the Solstice, followed by its sequel Heart of Valor, were Lisa Jane Smith's first novels, targeted at younger readers, unlike her later (and more popular) horror/teen romance novels surrounding the lives of vampires, witches, shapeshifters and the like.In her delving into the fantasy world, L.J. Smith introduces us to the four siblings, responsible Alys, normal Charles, kooky Janie and dreamy Claudia who have absolutely nothing to do with each other. All that changes however, when a red vixen lures seven year old Claudia to the strange house upon the hill and asks for her help in saving her mistress, the sorceress Morgana Shee. Convincing Claudia to bring her brother and sisters to the house, the vixen soon enlists all three of them to help her in her quest.She explains that the house is ... Read More:http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  • Dharia Scarab
    2018-12-04 12:29

    A reread from my younger days, still a nice YA series the second time around.My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.http://spreadthewordnevada.org/Myself, I go out on the weekends andshop thrift store and bulk book lots to rescue books and donate them. Sometimes I'll find a book I remember reading when I was young and will read it again before passing it on.I don't rate these books using my normal scale, instead I give most of them three stars. This isn't a Criticism of the book, simply my way of rating them as good for children.

  • M.A. Nichols
    2018-11-27 10:16

    I really enjoyed L.J. Smith's Night World series, but I have tried some of her other books and haven't been able to finish a single one. I got further with this one than any of the others, but the characters were annoying and I just didn't care enough about the plot to see how it played out. The writing was okay, but it was like she decided that because she chose to do third-person omniscient for the POV, she didn't feel it necessary to show rather than tell what the characters were feeling; the constant dialogue tags got a bit tiring. It was almost like she was going for the writing style of classic children's literature similar to that of "Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe", but I don't really enjoy that style of writing any more. I'm sure it would be great for a younger audience, but it just couldn't hold my attention.

  • Soybean Soybean
    2018-11-23 16:15

    nyeaa..it was just alright..i just couldnt help but get somewhat irritated every once in a while because the main characters didn't seem believable to me..compared to the kind of books i've read in the same genre and age bracket, this one appears to still have a lot of catching up to do..the kids are so hopeless most of the time and their adventures on the other side of the mirror were so tame and short...the author didnt seem able to properly convey the nuances of whatever situation the kids were in..however, that notwithstanding..i'm still willing to give it another go by continuing to read the sequel to this, in the hopes that it might improve..but i still cant help but feel that these books were written out of an attempt at creating a moneyspinner, rather than from the passion of adventure.. i'm sorry if it seems harsh, but there it is..thats my two cents

  • Janice (Janicu)
    2018-11-27 15:22

    L.J. Smith has written a few teen series about the paranormal. This book is one of her earliest works, part one of a duo of books about 4 siblings. It is geared more towards a younger pre-teen audience. The Hodges-Bradley childen are recruited by a sorceress's familiar to rescue it's mistress. The house of the sorceress Morgana is a gateway to another world and she has been trapped on the other side of the mirrors. If you liked her vampire series and her teen books I'm not sure you will also like this book, it really is for a younger set and can feel cliched (one dimensional bad guy) or cute (talking animals) to older audiences. The 4 siblings panic and fight and get separated a lot which exasperated me.

  • Amy
    2018-12-16 10:28

    Four siblings on a journey through a magical/parallel world to free a great sorceress who was imprisoned by an evil sorcerer. The story reminded me of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) yet different and quite intriguing. It may not be as great as Narnia or Harry Potter, but bear in mind, this is the first book L.J. Smith wrote, long before The Night World series or The Vampire Diaries. (Correct me if I'm wrong though)Nonetheless, I really enjoyed reading the book, especially on understanding the plot Smith tried to convey throughout the book. I maybe too old for this book now, but I'm always fascinated by the concept of parallel universe or passages to other world and magic.

  • Manon
    2018-11-19 16:07

    J'ai bien aimé, l'histoire est intéressante et c'est une bonne lecture. Rien d'extraordinaire, mais quelque chose d'agréable tout de même.

  • Stefanie
    2018-12-10 15:10

    Really 3.5 stars with a half added for nostalgia. I think I read Vampire Diaries first but this is actually LJ Smith's first book and it's aimed at a bit younger readers than her later series, more middle grade. Still quite enjoyable. It's a sweet, magical tale of kids saving the world that manages to get some emotional character depth in the mix too, particularly for the characters of Alys and Janie. How the magical Wildworld aligns with the real world is fascinating and fun to discover. It's a bit heavy on exposition at times, but the story moves along at a good pace nonetheless. I remember reading about Alys, Janie, Charles and Claudia and their story when I was young (in the target audience age) and they have stuck with me for decades now. Fun to re-read.

  • Jaimie
    2018-11-18 17:09

    For a teen fantasy novel that was published originally in 1987 this novel does a fair job of sounding like it was written much more recently. It has a similar tone to many of the teen fantasy novels that have flooded the market in the last couple of years, even though it refrains from containing any latent romantic themes and focuses instead on protagonists who are brother and sisters. Having been re-released after the success of the Vampire Diaries tv series (and re-release of the novels) this book is sure to bridge some of the teen readers who love vampire romance novels into the fantasy genre.