Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cobble Cavern Blog Tour: Book Review

Title: Cobble Cavern
Author: Jon Erik Olsen
Release Date: April 2012
Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy
Series: Book #1 of Flin's Destiny series
Advanced Review Copy received from publisher for review.
"What was that?” Pilt asked in alarm.
“Whatever it is, it’s coming our way, and fast!” Flin said. He searched futilely for a nearby refuge.
Another screeching hiss rose from below.
Flin took the torch and held it out in front of him. “I can see something moving down there!” he said, panic thick in his voice.

What starts out to be a fun field trip to Ireland for Flin and his school debate team turns into a life changing adventure when their bus ends up in an earthquake. Flin and his teammates get swallowed deep into the earth and become trapped under the ocean inside a clear dome where they discover an unknown civilization. Now they must fight their way back to the surface if they ever want to see home again. Join Flin and his classmates on a journey of a lifetime in this thrilling adventure story.

Cobble Cavern Webpage
Cobble Cavern is an exciting, middle grade adventure that introduces us to Flin, the main character in the Flin's Destiny series. This fantasy novel was originally self published in a three book volume. Cedar Fort has picked up the series and will be releasing the next two books later this year. Two additional volumes will be released in the succeeding years.

The first thing I liked about this book was the creative names. Flin, Sump, Flowell, Pilt are just a few of the unique monikers featured. They remind me of Harry Potter names and seemed to fit the individual characteristics and attributes of each character.

I also enjoyed the way the book mixed realistic characters with fantastic situations. The relationships, interactions, and conversations between the group of kids were very relatable to today's youth. The issues they deal with including bullying, crushes, and friendships, are something we have all experienced. Flin sets a good example in the way he handles these situations by helping others, leading when necesary, and being a loyal friend.

The fantasy elements of the story were extremely creative and would be right at home in a child's imagination. I loved the new underground world that developed throughout the story and am anxious to know more about it and "Flin's Destiny".

Cobble Cavern is an easy, fun, and exciting read full of mythical creatures, non-stop adventure, and relatable characters. It will appeal to young readers, especially boys, and spark their vivid imaginations.

Book #2, Garden of the Lost Souls, which will be released in July 2012.

                                         About the Author

Jon Erik Olsen lives in Sandy, Utah, where he enjoys the mountains and is surrounded by a great family and friends that have continued to support him throughout his writing quest. After having one of the world's craziest dreams, he has written a series of five books detailing it called Flin's Destiny, which is full of continuous action and adventure deep in the earth and keeps you wanting more.

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