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I desperately wanted to like this book
on 11 March 2011
From the beautiful artwork and the blurb I thought I would really enjoy this book, I mean a tree with four doors leading to magical lands of The Seasons...what's not to like? But I found that I had several problems with the book, the main one being the names of some characters and the four lands. They were not very imaginative for a children's book, rather clichéd and almost a little cringe worthy, my least favourites being Brightisclearen and Icefroztica.
I also found that the book was not especially gripping. While I was reading it was pleasant enough but when I put it down I did not feel compelled to pick it up again. In fact I often forgot about it and a week would go past before I would remember it again. However it was very easy to pick up again after neglecting it for a while.
But still, I was very aware while reading that the author was a novice. I mean no disrespect to Stephen Gately but it was always in the back of my mind that he does not write for a living. Maybe he would have improved his writing style with time instead of being a celebrity trying his hand at being an author, but sadly we will never know.
Having said that Gately does create some powerful imagery with his settings and his beautifully described landscapes are very easy for the reader to picture. So there are some good and bad aspects to the book, and I am not saying that nobody should buy it. It is neither an excellent read nor a pile of rubbish, it is perfectly average.