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REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON BLOG JA ITAM, A TI IF YOU WANT TO WIN PAPERBACK OF THE SIX, GO TO BLOG AND FILL THE GIVEAWAY FORM For starters, thank you, lovely readers, for visiting my blog and taking your time to read today s post which is dedicated to the new novel, The Six by KB Hoyle, coming out on April 5th I was lucky to be part of The Six Blog Tour organised by The Writer s Coffee Shop I m guessing that first you d like to know what The Six is about Well, here s summary Darcy P REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON BLOG JA ITAM, A TI IF YOU WANT TO WIN PAPERBACK OF THE SIX, GO TO BLOG AND FILL THE GIVEAWAY FORM For starters, thank you, lovely readers, for visiting my blog and taking your time to read today s post which is dedicated to the new novel, The Six by KB Hoyle, coming out on April 5th I was lucky to be part of The Six Blog Tour organised by The Writer s Coffee Shop I m guessing that first you d like to know what The Six is about Well, here s summary Darcy Pennington hates her life She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere A change in her dad s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy Once there, they learn the arrival of the Six was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe It s obvious that this is a book for younger readers main characters are 13 and 14 years old, but I assure you even older readers will enjoy it Think of Harry Potter Or yourself as a child I remember that I liked to explore small woods behind house where I used to live with my younger sister My mother dreaded those expeditionsthan often we used to come back with scars, bruises, torn clothes and tangled hair full of leaves, bugs and who know what else Trophies were the best part We believed that they were gifts from wood s people Oh, yeah You heard me right I was totally crazy We searched for gnomes, leprechauns, wizards, ghosts, unicorns, Liliputians, faeries, Peter Pan, Excalibur, Lady of the Lake and souls of the trees But those are the happiest memories of my childhood When you get older, you start to forget lots of things I have to admit I forgot But than I took this book in my hands and it all came back I couldn t stop smiling and I kept imagining all the characters in the novel as my friends and myself Thing is The Six is the story made out of this kind of memories KB Hoyle said it herself I was inspired to write The Gateway Chronicles by my childhood camp experiences The Six, as the first in the series, sprang out of this desire to translate my camp memories into a fantasy story for teenagers that combines the classic magical transportation to another world with modern teenage lingo and realism In doing this, I ve been able to create something new out of something old, and not only pay homage to my favorite childhood haunt, but also to my favorite genre of literature The Six is the beginning of a larger story that young people can grow along with and love Review originally posted on Words at Home blog March 20, 2012 didn t know what to expect when I started reading The Six I have seen it compared to Narnia and Harry Potter and this is where my apprehension set in I haven t read Narnia since I was about ten and I ve never read Harry Potter so I was afraid that some of the magic would be lost on me I also wasn t sure how invested I would become in a group of th Review originally posted on Words at Home blog March 20, 2012 didn t know what to expect when I started reading The Six I have seen it compared to Narnia and Harry Potter and this is where my apprehension set in I haven t read Narnia since I was about ten and I ve never read Harry Potter so I was afraid that some of the magic would be lost on me I also wasn t sure how invested I would become in a group of thirteen year olds and their adventures but I was pleasantly surprised The Six caught my attention right away with Darcy and her young teen angst and later by Hoyle s excellent depiction of an alternate world called Alitheia The Six is full of magic and action which bridge the gap between young adult and adult readers Once Darcy and her friends step into Alitheia it is nonstop action and adventure I have to admit that this novel was my first encounter with many of the magical creates that Hoyle talks about Once we stepped into Alitheia it took me a few pages to switch gears and catch up on the lingo but I got there eventually It was a bit of an abrupt transition and I would have liked to see a littleworld building and introduction to these new types of creatures so that I didn t spend any time feeling lost But like it said it didn t take long to acclimate to Alitheia and once I did the magic began literally and figuratively Not only is this an exciting fantasy adventure novel but it is full of strong and characters and relationships I really enjoyed the characters that Hoyle crafted from Darcy and her initial sullen and woe is me me attitude, to Sam and her over exuberance, to Perry and his tough guy persona These kids felt really authentic, from their demeanors, to their dialogue and their attitudes towards each other They were believable and this is a big part of what drew me into this novel It didn t matter that this was a younger crowd than I usually read about a well depicted character is a well depicted character I also loved to see the growth in Darcy s character Hoyle was able to incorporate themes like friendship, loyalty and forgiveness that appeal to any audience, especially the younger adult crowd These relationships added another layer to the story making itthan just a fantasy novel.The Six is an exciting, action filled and magical novel that will appeal to both young and not so young readers There is enough meat to the story to appeal to adults who are fans of YA but it is also a clean enough story to be appropriate and relatable to younger teens so it really is the best of both worlds I recommend this book to anyone who loves the magic and adventure of the Chronicles of Narnia and is looking to get lost in another world for a few hours I received an eARC of this book from the publisher TWCS in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Well that was disappointing.I was really excited to start this book I love books with this setup, and it just had just so much potential The characters seem to have such a nice range of personalities I was really excited to read about Lewis and the premise was just so awesome.What went wrong I hold middle grade books to a high standard I expect them to be just as fleshed out, detailed, and complicated as their YA and adult counterparts If you think these middle grade books don t Well that was disappointing.I was really excited to start this book I love books with this setup, and it just had just so much potential The characters seem to have such a nice range of personalities I was really excited to read about Lewis and the premise was just so awesome.What went wrong I hold middle grade books to a high standard I expect them to be just as fleshed out, detailed, and complicated as their YA and adult counterparts If you think these middle grade books don t exist, you haven t read the right ones I want to see the passion and the care and the love and the intimacy the author has with their characters dripping from the page.I just felt as though no one cared about these characters There was no passion No uniqueness No chemistry.The characters and their reactions felt flat Everything just felt..off I agree with Darcy for once in saying that Amelia was annoying Sam was nice, but bland Lewis hardly existed, and when he did, he was aggravating Perry was dull and one dimensional Dean seemed okay, but we hardly got any page time with him The team of the Six didn t work well together or feel like a team Their interactions made me feel uncomfortable There was no chemistry They mostly just hated on Darcy, which gave way to her loads of self pity and caused her to feel alienated from the group, causingawkward character interactions I m not sure if there was one pleasant Team moment with these No banter, no witty battles, no jokes The plot feels frustratingly long and like we re not getting anywhere And I could predict the plot too Which is saying a lot, because I m terrible at predicting plot twists I knew that SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SKIP TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH Lykos was evil which I found really disappointing WHY DO WOLVES ALWAYS HAVE TO BE EVIL I LOVE WOLVES I just..idk Not enough felt like it happened for the first book I would beforgiving towards this if the characters had shone But they didn t BUT There s a reason I gave this book 3 stars Because this book did have a few things that made it possible to read through That number one thing being Tellius Tellius is my BOI My SON Good night, I love him so much He s so sad and bratty and hot tempered and spoiled and stiff and such a bean, I don t know how someone COULDN T love him I loved him with all my heart and I wished he hadpage time He was the reason I wanted to keep reading Rubidus and Colin were also fun to read about I hope that they get expanded roles in the books to come Their characters shone.And the worldbuilding is cool I loved the narks And the animals And the scenery and all the species of Alithea Having the talents is really cool but it does have some strains of Harry Potter esque magic, so if you are sensitive about that, keep that in mind And I liked the idea of being able to communicate with the animals.But it just wasn t enough to impress me or leave me happy after putting the book down I really hate leaving reviews on books that I wasn t crazy about..I always feel so mean And it made me sad to have to say I didn t like this book very much.Thanks for reading my review Fantastic, and I hear the rest of the series is even better Looking forward to all the rest [ READ KINDLE ] ⚆ The Six ⚆ Darcy Pennington hates her life She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere Then a change in her dad s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp where she once again finds herself on the outside of a social circleAfter unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, Darcy begins to realize there might be a higher purpose for her life, and she eventually convinces the other five teenagers to travel there with her Once there, they learn the arrival of the Six was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land Will Darcy have what it takes to save Alitheia Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe Really good Excited to read the next book. Short Review Thirteen year old Darcy Pennington doesn t have any friends Her real love in life is horses For the past several years she has gone to a summer camp dedicated to riding horses But this year, both because of financial constraints and to be together as a family, her family has decided to go on vacation together, to a family camp Darcy is dreading it She is dreading it in part because two other kids from her neighborhood that she knows, but does not really like will be there as w Short Review Thirteen year old Darcy Pennington doesn t have any friends Her real love in life is horses For the past several years she has gone to a summer camp dedicated to riding horses But this year, both because of financial constraints and to be together as a family, her family has decided to go on vacation together, to a family camp Darcy is dreading it She is dreading it in part because two other kids from her neighborhood that she knows, but does not really like will be there as well.Darcy begins to like the camp despite herself The area is beautiful and the kids are fairly friendly, although as an introvert, Darcy does have a problem finding space to just be alone As she gets acquainted with the space and the people, there is a sense of magic, and not just in the figurative sense.I do not want to give away too many details of the story, but this is a young adult fantasy that has some parallels to CS Lewis Narnia books Eventually another world is involved, and a prophesy, and gifts and talents, and an evil ruler Genre writing is difficult, good genre book follow enough conventions to be part of the genre without being reduced to conventions Good books often drop subtle hints and references to earlier books that helped to define or illustrate those conventions Bad genre books blindly follow the conventions without adding anything new to the conversations within the genre One of the things that some people love about genre writing is the ability to check out as you are reading because the book become so conventional that no real thought is required.The Six is aware of the young adult fantasy conventions and definitely pays tribute to Lewis and Tolkien and other masters without being mindless or boring Characters make mistakes and have limited perceptions of where those mistakes are going to lead There is real character development, although this is the first of a series so there is plenty of room forcharacter and story development.The Six was a quick read for me I read it in basically two sittings in two days I was engaged and entertained and frustrated with bad decisions as I was supposed to be And I enjoyed the result and I am anticipating picking up the rest of the series.My slightly longer review is on my blog at Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase, May 15, 2012.Have you ever had a feeling when you visited a natural location that there was something magical about the area Five children, now teenagers, have been having that same feeling each summer when their families have come to Cedar Cove to camp This year, Darcy and her family have joined the other families, and that magical feeling is about to lead the six teenagers into another world Aletheria.I loved reading about the world of Aleth Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase, May 15, 2012.Have you ever had a feeling when you visited a natural location that there was something magical about the area Five children, now teenagers, have been having that same feeling each summer when their families have come to Cedar Cove to camp This year, Darcy and her family have joined the other families, and that magical feeling is about to lead the six teenagers into another world Aletheria.I loved reading about the world of Aletheria and the creatures in it The story is a bit The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, a bit Harry Potter it s just the sort of thing I loved to read when I was middle grade aged.The story drew me in from the first chapter, mainly owing to the realistic portrayal of the characters Darcy and her family sound just like a real family going on holiday where the teenager doesn t want to be there and the little brother is super annoyingly excited.Hoyle has perfected Darcy s no one understands me so I ll just go sulk over in this corner and avoid everyone behavior, but unfortunately this leads to an odd outcome in the story I couldn t help feeling that because Darcy was so busy avoiding everyone, the most interesting parts of the story happened to other people rather than her The whole story is told from Darcy s point of view, which is fine in that we get to know her very well, but it means that she doesn t hear what the other characters are up to most of the time.That aside, this is one of the best middle grade stories I ve read in a while Each chapter led into the next and the action parts were very exciting This was a fantastic introduction to the world of Aletheria, but as with many debut novels in series, I think the best is yet to come I can t wait to get stuck into the second in the series, The Oracle It s due for release in June and currently available on Netgalley From about the very first page of this book, I was completely captivated and couldn t stop reading till the end Darcy, the main character is thirteen when the story begins, and at first I both loved her and was frustrated with her She s shy and socially uncomfortable, and yet, she s embarrassed to be hanging around Samantha an overweight neightbor girl of the same age I was shy and terrified in social situations at that age and beyond, and yet, I have a disability and remember too well how al From about the very first page of this book, I was completely captivated and couldn t stop reading till the end Darcy, the main character is thirteen when the story begins, and at first I both loved her and was frustrated with her She s shy and socially uncomfortable, and yet, she s embarrassed to be hanging around Samantha an overweight neightbor girl of the same age I was shy and terrified in social situations at that age and beyond, and yet, I have a disability and remember too well how all the kids in school were afraid or embarrassed to hang with me But Darcy pulls at your heartstrings and you can t help loving her.She and five other kids of her age, meet at a family summer camp and make their way through a mysterious gateway into another world, where they find their arrival has been prophesied many hundreds of years before Their arrival begins the process of overthrowing the evil ruler to restore the land to the rightful king.I fell in love with the people and characters we meet in this new land, particularly the Narks, a being that has two distinct selves and personalities, the Day Nark and the Night Nark, favorite among them is Yahto Veli This is a young adult book, but it takes you an an adventure where any adult would want to go, any adult would feel compelled to go I haven t felt this drawn into a book series since maybe Harry Potter, and like that series, The Six and it s sequel live on in my mind and heart I think about the characters and wonder what will happen to them next There will be six books in this series, each book another year, another meeting at camp and trip through the gateway And oh how I wish I could go too I love this book, this series.Darcy is annoying as heck when THE SIX starts out, much like most 13 year olds I ve recently HAD a 13 y o and K.B Hoyle GETS them She does grow and learn, just like a real teen, throughout the book, and that continues throughout the series.I loved the new world this author has created It s a mix of Narnia, HP and LotR.I ve discovered a love for narks Yahto Veli is my new hero.Yes, I read this for work, but couldn t put it down And I m ever so grateful that the I love this book, this series.Darcy is annoying as heck when THE SIX starts out, much like most 13 year olds I ve recently HAD a 13 y o and K.B Hoyle GETS them She does grow and learn, just like a real teen, throughout the book, and that continues throughout the series.I loved the new world this author has created It s a mix of Narnia, HP and LotR.I ve discovered a love for narks Yahto Veli is my new hero.Yes, I read this for work, but couldn t put it down And I m ever so grateful that there will be SIX of these Book 2, THE ORACLE will be out in June and 3, THE WHITE THREAD in the fallwith 4, THE ENCHANTED out in the new year.I really need them all NOW