Fairy Haven And The Quest For The Wand by Gail Carson Levine (review)

December 9, 2014 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 2 ★★

Fairy Haven And The Quest For The Wand by Gail Carson Levine (review)Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine
Published by Disney Electronic Content on July 31st, 2007
Number of Pages: 208
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: At Amazon
two-stars

Beware a mermaid's wrath!

The mermaid Soop has sent a flood to Fairy Haven! Water-talent fairy Rani must bring Soop a wand or the Home Tree and all the Never fairies will be swept away.

But wise Mother Dove isn't sure which is worse, a wand or a flood. Wand wishes, tantalizing wand wishes, are risky. The most innocent wish can cause untold trouble. And not even Mother Dove knows that wands have hearts and minds -- kind hearts or cruel hearts, sympathetic minds or minds filled with spite and mischief.

Rani, Tinker Bell, and Ree, queen of the Never fairies, set out on a perilous quest for a wand, a journey that takes them across an ocean to the palace of the terrifying Great Wanded fairies. Many obstacles stand between the questers and success: Tink's dissappearance, a mermaid's magical song, wand madness, and even Never Land itself.

Meanwhile, the floodwaters are rising...

 

 

The fairies seem to like finishing each others sentences. The last word one fairy would have spoken, is instead spoken by the next fairy before he or she says something of their own. It’s a little annoying to read.

You also get only the barest hints of personalities for each fairy. Some of them would have come across as completely flat if I hadn’t know their personality from other books/movies/games. This book is for children, but honestly I think most children would be bored by it. The ‘quest’ goes on for ages, and while there are twists and turns, these seem to happen just to draw the quest out farther.

I normally really enjoy this author, so to read a book this bad by an author I usually like was pretty sad.

I did love the illustrations that are all throughout this book. Some of them are funny, some sweet, most of the major characters are in at least one and usually more. There is a theme of ‘be careful what you wish for’ in the book, it fairly bludgeons you over the head with it almost from the beginning. So if you’re looking for books that are more than just fluff, this one qualifies. Though I’m sure you could find better books out there to suit that need.

It isn’t a good read-aloud book, since the fairies are constantly cutting each other off when they speak, it not only looks choppy to read, it would be obnoxious to attempt to read out loud to your child. Honestly, the only reason to own this book besides for a collection, are the illustrations. I really did love those. But as far as reading it? Not so much.

 

two-stars

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2 Responses to “Fairy Haven And The Quest For The Wand by Gail Carson Levine (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I don’t think it would have bothered me if it was just one character that did it, that would be a personality quirk. Or if it was only a few sentences here and there, but it was all the characters, nearly every sentence in the book!

      Just made it look choppy and like bad editing, not to mention hard to read.

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