My sister had been encouraging me to read this, and I'm glad she did!
Fablehaven's cover is frankly not my type. I'm a scaredy cat, and seeing a hunched back witch usually turns me off. But now that I've read the story, I like it's vibe and find that it's actually appropriate to the story.
I had to remind myself that I'm reading a middle-grade story, and thus I had to be understanding of the actions of the characters, especially Seth. I really liked Kendra as she has a good head on her shoulders, while Seth was impulsive and could not control himself. He believes rules can and should be broken, and gets himself and others into trouble several times. Needless to say, I was irritated with Seth because a lot of the trouble that happen was his fault.
Fablehaven is quick-paced and engaging, and Mull's masterful writing left me imagining the place. The book had a few photos, but I was already able to imagine the fairies and the house without the photos. Whenever I can visualize the story, I am impressed by the writer because that rarely happens to me.
The plot is interesting and suitable for kids/middle-grade. Although it has no exceedingly surprising twists, I just kept reading until I was done and found myself excited for the second book.
If you enjoy middle grade, fairies, adventure, and fantasy, I recommend Fablehaven. :)
If you're in your teens or adult years, do you still read and enjoy middle-grade? Why or why not? :)