Fablehaven: Rise Of The Evening Star by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star is Book 2 in the wonderfully magical Fablehaven series. I loved it! Even better than the first one in my opinion. For those who haven’t read the first one, Fablehaven is the name of a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. It is one of five such preserves in the world. Fablehaven is owned by the grandparents of Seth and Kendra, our two main characters. Common characters in the books are fairies, brownies, naiads, trolls, imps, golems, and satyrs. Great fun!

This second book in the series poses a threat to Fablehaven. Each of the five magical preserves in the world holds a unique artifact with a magical power. The location of the artifact is kept secret even from caretakers of the preserve. If all 5 artifacts were found and united, they could be combined to unlock a prison that holds demons, devils, and monsters that are unimaginable and could quite literally bring about the end of the world. The Society of the Evening Star is after these artifacts.

Trouble is breaking loose when a strange new student arrives at Seth and Kendra’s school. To keep them safe, Seth and Kendra’s grandparents decided to have them spend the summer at Fablehaven and tell their parents that they could use the help around the house as an excuse. After all, there’s a giant frog trying to eat Seth…how would you explain that one to mom?! When Seth and Kendra arrive after facing some strange circumstances, they find that help has been called in to Fablehaven. Three new faces are there: A potions master, a relics collector, and a magical critter collector. It soon becomes obvious that there’s a traitor among the crowd. But who could it be? And how much damage could they cause?

This volume has ten times the magic and adventure of the first one. It was so much fun and I caught myself holding my breath at times. Seth gets himself into trouble as usual and Kendra has acquired some pretty cool abilities. There’s tons of new creatures introduced in this book and it all climaxes into an amazing scene of magic and puzzelry! And the ending just leaves you dying for more. And it’s coming in 2008.

Mull’s writing is wonderful. Perfect for kids and yet perfectly enjoyable for adults as well. I didn’t want this one to end at all. One of my favorite reads of the year so far. He also announces at the end of the book that he has another new non-Fablehaven book coming out in the Fall called The Candy Shop War. Looking forward to that one as well.

Brandon Mull is a promising author and I’m really looking forward to what this guy does with his career. This series will be the perfect one to get into with Harry Potter ending in July.


Phew!! And A Couple Of Web Wanderings

I’m officially calling this the “Get Shit Done Day”. Because that’s exactly what I’ve done all day. And I’m officially exhausted. I started the day with a shower, and I think that’s where I’m about to end it.

I’ve had a lot of “other stuff” that’s been needing to get done, so I decided to work on that today. Here’s the list:

1. Pay the credit card bill: The bill has been staring at me every day and my lazy ass keeps saying, “I’ll do it later”. So I finally just did it. Done!

2. Apply for jobs: I posted my resume on hotjobs.com and on monster.com today. I also applied for a program counselor position at West Jefferson Hospital’s Behavioral Center. I actually fit the eligiblity for that one! And lo and behold I got a job today!! Not a real job, but it’s something. River Oaks (the hospital I’ve been interning at) called and asked if I would be interested in being a weekend counselor/social services PRN person on the child and adolescent unit. So I said sure! It’s only 4 days a month, but it’s fine by me. It’s a little extra money and I get to work with the kids still. I loved it over there, so now I’m not gone completely. I work Saturday and Sunday every other weekend starting June 9th. Still looking for a real job though. Now I have to break it to the family that I PCA for that I won’t be working with them anymore after 5 or 6 years 😦

3. Walked 6 city blocks twice: Not really what the thing I crossed of my list was, but an accomplishment nonetheless. I had to drop off all of my internship time sheets to my professor at school in downtown New Orleans, but first I had to pick some stuff up from him that he signed and make copies of everything. So rather than going to Kinkos and paying for copies, I walked to my mom’s office which is also in downtown New Orleans about 6 blocks away from school, right across from the Superdome. After making my copies, I walked back to school and up the three flights of stairs to drop the copies off to my professor. Now I think I’m really done with everything school related and nothing is holding me back from graduating. At least I hope so!

4. Got a haircut! Boy did I need one. I always hate the way my hair looks the first day I get a haircut, but it’s growing on me…I guess literally…what a lame joke…OK

5. Put together a bookshelf: Put together bookshelf #2 of 3. This one was a pain for some reason. It took me forever to put this thing together, but I managed. I put my school books on it and all of my magazines and journals. It’s the “academic shelf”. I’ll put the last one together tomorrow. I think that one’s going to hold the cd’s and dvd’s.

As for the rest of the afternoon. I may still try to go to the gym even though I’ve probably burned about 1000 calories today and my arms are already sore from putting the bookshelf together. I’d like to wash the windows in my car. I’m going to try to finish Fablehaven…and of course…HEROES!

I also wanted to point everyone to two very cool links:

1. Bookfool started a new blog and it’s the coolest thing EVER! It’s a poppet photo blog entitled Poppet’s Magnificent Traveling Adventures.

2. Endicott Studio has announced the publication of a new collection of fairy tales by a wonderful set of authors due out next year called The Cinderella Game. Can’t wait for this one!