15 September, 2011

Tower of Parlen Min - Review

Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell

Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Keywords: Self Published, Adventure
Kindle/Amazon.com digital

Kimberly's review:

I was asked by the author to write an honest review for this self-published book.

Ves Asirin, an orphan with a memory loss disorder, wins a trip to the Tower of Parlen Min where he will get to meet a wealthy inventor. But this awesome trip isn’t all it’s cut out to be. Secrets lurk at the tower, and Ves is the only one who can help!

The author has some really wonderful ideas. The setting is fun and Ves is such a different character. His memory loss certainly hinders him at times, but it doesn’t disable him. He is a very clear character, strong in mind and uses many tricks in order to make up for his condition. The story is full of potential.

That said, I couldn’t get through the book.

While the ideas were there, I didn’t feel like it was properly executed. The writing was disjointed at times and I had problems following the plot. There was a lot going on. Twenty kids were introduced at once and they were all described by their first and last names along with their physical attributes. This became two pages of a list of strangers, many of them not appearing in the story for a very long time after that. By that time, I had forgotten they were even there. And these characters were mostly flat and uninteresting. Then again, Ves is SO interesting, maybe he makes up for it.

However, there is a ton of action in this book. It’s geared towards boys around 10-14, Ves himself is 11 years old, but Ves didn’t really act or think like an 11 year old. Not a bad thing, but I did think he should have at least been older than the other kids there.

Matt Xell has an active imagination and I look forward to seeing how this author grows.

Visit the author online at http://mattxell.blogspot.com.

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