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Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I would say that this book is aimed at children aged 9 through to mid-teens, although I am a lot older than that and loved it.

Brian has been left with his grand parents who he has only met on two previous occasions. His father is `missing' and his mother is trying to sort out a new house and a job because of the financial situation they have found themselves in. Very quickly Brian realises that things aren't quite normal at his grand parents house and, although he starts off rather sceptically about magic, he finds himself getting deeper and deeper into a very strange unknown world of magic potions, good monsters and bad demons. Brian becomes friends with two `good monsters', Sam and Hadley and they all meet up with two more children, Norman and Audrey, who also have parents that have `gone missing'. The mystery deepens and with the help of Violet who they meet at the tavern where they are staying in this weird underground world, they tackle fire monsters and demons to try to save their parents, magical rubies and the Cup of Ages. The final two or three chapters are enticingly terrifying cliff hangers that will keep all voracious young readers up until past their bedtime to find out what happens.

I found this story well constructed with rich narrative and imaginative plot lines. There's no need to worry about bad language or anything you wouldn't want your child to read about, it's perfect for all children from 8 or 9 upwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2015
My 8 year old son received a Kindle for his Christmas present. He downloaded this book based on the fantastic reviews and he wasn't disappointed. He loves reading and this book did not disappoint him - he finished the book within a few days and is looking forward to reading the sequel. Judging by the reviews - think I am going to read it myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2015
My 9 year old daughter has just finished this fantastic book. It kept her really gripped, with exciting new adventures along the way. Her favourite characters were Sam and Hadley, two funny monsters who always bickered and got up to mischief!! Excellent writing and we look forward to the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2015
Fantastic read and not just for children. I loved it as much as my sons. Would definitely recommend it. Couldn't put it down. Hope there's more soon from this author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2015
Excellent book! My 13 year old niece couldn't put it down so that in itself is positive as at least she wasn't using her tablet!!! More please!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2013
Definitely a book I have enjoyed if I can read a book in a few days with two small children then that is the same as when someone else may say they read in one sitting!!!!

I loved the way the author was descriptive so much so that the whole story was brought to life; even someone without any imagination could picture this story as it was brought to life in the way that it was written. It is a magical fantasy that is well worth reading and that I hope will have much more to come in the future.

Bought via gift certificate for another Kindle using friend I can't believe more dont take advantage of the bargain Kindle price I will be sharing review with friends wherever I can it is lovely to once again find a book that can be equally enjoyed by both adult readers and children alike and will be looking to get a paperback version at a later date to share with friends via bookcrossing.com as I feel this is definitely worth sharing.

The rest of this review could be considered a spoiler so read with caution if you have not yet read the book........

I have to agree with some other reviewers that there were times it made me think of Harry Potter but in fairness to the author I think most good fantasy magical themed books where there is a good versus evil magical battle theme will for the foreseeable future be compared to Harry Potter after all we have had ten years of Mr Potter and many of us are trying desperately to fill a void that has left us with.

I recall one reviewer commenting on the characters being picked for political correctness I am assuming their reference was to a mixture of races and levels of disabilities amongst the character descriptions but in all the descriptions of magical beings both human and otherwise I felt the mix of main characters was a nice blend that worked well in the storyline.

I would easily have given this 5 stars up until the final battle where I am afraid I felt a bit let down after such a great descriptive story throughout after that I feel it all felt a bit rushed and closed down trying to leave loose ends to follow up on in the sequel. That said I would still recommend and intend to look out for follow up story which I hope continues with the original descriptive narrative style that we found through most of this book and that felt far more magical to read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2012
The story centers around a young boy named Brian who's forced to move in with his Grandparents after his father leaves and his mother has to move away for a new job. No sooner than he arrives than strange things start happening.

After a number of intriguing number of events Brian is suddenly plunged into a world of magic when his Grandfather is kidnapped and Brian is attacked by a fire demon. But help is at hand when Brian is rescued by two friendly monsters, Sam & Hadley, who are rounding up other "at risk" children.

It's among these other children that Brian meets Audrey and Norman who explain to Brian about the magical world he has now been exposed too and all three become firm friends and find out that a powerful demon is trying to gain immortality and has kidnapped their parents to achieve his aims.

From here the three young adventures work together to set about solving the mystery of the disappearing parents and how they can stop the demon. Along hey way they meet a cast of colourful characters and get involved in many exciting adventures.

A great read for young adults.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Like Harry Potter, they said? Nah! Ok, if you really, really want to make a comparison, you could say Audrey is Hermionish (i.e, a know it all) and that Grandma's rock cakes remind you of Hagrid's cooking (and mine) but no, Brian, His Granddad and the Cup of Ages is a magical book in its own right. So many things, situtations and personages are unique to it. It is brillant, and as you read along, the excitment is growing. It starts a bit slow but pick up the pace pretty quickly. A passage I really liked is the battle of Coffingrave Square on the opening eve of Abner's Antiques Shop. It was truly spectacular and it is only then than Brian discovers his own hidden magical abilities. It is also a story of friendship, loyalty and solidarity. Four children, four different backgrounds, four personalities but one goal. When the leader of the Demons, Deevilmon, is near to defeat Brian, he can only taunt him in triumph by shouting ''You alone cannot defeat me!'' But when Norman (who has been thrown out of his wheelchair) drags himself towards Brian and cries ''But he is NOT alone'' and all the three other children come to the rescue, I felt like cheering.
Ah, you may think, spoiler. Nope, because were all the children strong enough together to defeat such powerful evil being?
Well, read the book and find out.
Brian, His Granddad and the Cup of Agesis a well written book, the characters are very endearing (especially the Monsters and in particular Hadley and Willy Googalak) and plausible, the dialogues are good. Mr Katobi does go on a bit when he makes a speech, but hey, who I am to complain, I think I do the same with my review. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the book is available in print, too.

But the best part is that I am sure there will be a sequel. It has to be. Because I, for one, need to know what happens to you know who is imprisoned in the Norsip ball. And the author has left a doubt about a traitor. Has the real traitor really been uncovered? I think that alone leaves the door opened for a sequel, am I right? I hope so, because I am ready for more magical adventures.
And undisputed 5 stars from me.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
ones in their 50's! If you and your children are all Harry Pottered out then this book will come as a lovely surprise. Yes, there are similarities to a certain extent as the book has magic in it and monsters too.

Back to the plot. Brian is sent to stay with his Grandparents when his Father suddenly disappears and his Mother is desperately rushing around trying to find a job and also a place for them both to live. His first impression of the house is that everywhere he looks, there are bookcases, even in the kitchen. The books aren't even the kind he would like to read either so he is upset to find himself stuck indefinately in an old fashioned house with two old people.

Things take on a menacing mood very soon when he is awoken one night by screaming which appears to be coming from downstairs. He eventually manages to get out of his bedroom to see what is going on and is met by a monster! I don't want to say too much here as it would be a spoiler. Anyway, another monster appears who seems to have more common sense than the first one and tells Brian that they have to get him out of house as soon as possible. How though? Well, I can tell you this, all the bookcases have a very important part to play in this lovely story.

When Brian and the two monsters (Hadley and Sam) arrive at their destination with Brian, he finds there are two other children who are in the same predicament. Norman who is disabled and in a wheelchair and Audrey. It would seem that their parents have also disappeared much like Brian's Grandparents have. This is where the story really begins in earnest.

I liked this book a lot as the author has made use of a play on words exceptionally well, used anagrams expertly and in general has written a thoroughly enjoyable book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 April 2012
When eleven year old Bryan is send to live with his grandparents after his father's disappearance, he suspects that there is something strange about the kind-hearted but slightly obnoxious elderly couple and their overstuffed house. Soon, he realizes that strange doesn't begin to describe his situation, as his grandparents are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and he is taken by two monsters to the magical city of Coffinsgrave, travelling through bookcases. In Coffinsgrave, along with his new friends Norman, Audrey and Violet, he learns incredible things about his magical inheritance and embarks on a perilous adventure, determined to save the magical community, find his father, and reunite with his grandparents.

The book is well written and the plot is imaginative and gripping. The characters, especially the four children, are well developed and believable, and I definitely think that young readers can identify with them. The story beautifully conveys the message that friendship, bravery and determination conquer all. Also, I thought that the idea to use books and bookcases to travel from place to place, was brilliant and very original.

I don't usually like to compare books, but as I can see that some enthusiastic reviewers here found this better than the Harry Potter series, I could not resist the temptation. The influence in both plot and characters is undeniable, and the book does aim at J.K. Rowling's readers, who miss Harry Potter, after the end of the series, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is better.

Although I enjoyed reading this book, I found the ending a little disappointing and I am worried that it might even be disturbing for some young readers, so I think it is best for parents to read this book before giving it to their children.

I was given a free copy by the author, but that did not influence my opinion in any way.
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