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Key the Steampunk Vampire Girl and the Dungeon of Despair by [Becket]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3442 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2DMCSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I cannot wait for the next installments. Even though it is a children's book I love the story and want the gadget that makes her a new outfit every day :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, Brilliant, and Inspiring! 28 Oct. 2013
By Sarah M. Cradit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Having been a fan of Becket's Blood Vivicanti serial novel, I was naturally eager to read his first foray into children's books as well. While not surprised I adored this story, I am ever more impressed at Becket's storytelling range. He is certainly most at home when bringing a world to light.

Key's world is a world that is partly ours, but mostly created entirely from Becket's vivid imagination, with colorful names, places, and descriptions that jump out at you from the pages. Raven Quinn's stunningly vivid illustrations serve to give dramatic underscore to the words, painting pictures that are just exactly what you would imagine. Every character is unique and distinct, with just precisely the names you would expect them to have: Mr. Fuddlebee, Miss Broomble, Pega, Old Queen Crinkle. Beyond that, Becket has clearly created an encyclopedia of source material for Key's world, leaving me with hope that each subsequent book will expand on these things more and more.

The story and characters have the broad appeal of Harry Potter, making it a perfect escape whether you are eight or thirty-eight, or eighty. The themes are universal and inspiring, and despite some of the on-paper-horrific things that happen to Key, this feels more like a adventure than a sentence of doom. The other wonderful thing about this story is that it doesn't talk down to its readers; Key may be young, but she is insightful and curious, and her observations of the world are ageless. The story ends on the perfect note; enough resolution that you feel hopeful for Key's future, but with a wide expanse of possibility for the next book.

I highly recommend this story for all ages!

(Also: I think I speak for every girl, when I say that I need a Crinomatic in my life!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So imaginative! 16 Nov. 2013
By Tam - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book for young readers. It reminds me of the books I used to read when I was a child. Becket has created such an enchanting world with vampires, ghosts, witches, immortal puppies, smiling zombies, a diabolical unicorn and so much more! I especially liked the narration style. I swear I could hear Morgan Freeman reading it to me as I read.

While this book is fun to read, it also has some very important messages for young readers. It doesn't sugar-coat life for Key. Things are not all sunshine and roses. Key has to be strong in the face of adversity - a lesson all readers, both young and old alike, need to learn.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful Message and Magic 30 Oct. 2013
By Ezra - Published on Amazon.com
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Key's world is wonderful and full of enchantment, even in a dungeon. The book offers a meaningful life lesson for children that most of us adults need to hear more than once. I know that this book reached me when I needed it most. I was made to think of one of my own personal endeavors, which I can see has been stalled by my own despair and disbelief that things can change. I write this review with pleasure and hope that someone else might find the same healing that this book has helped me begin (acknowledging the ability to brake the chains is a powerful first step). Maybe next I'll find the ability to keep trying again (and again) and live my dream.

Becket truly sees that children need to understand and conquer (not be sheltered from) a real life enemy, despair.

Becket has done a fantastic job creating a fun, magical world that a child (boy or girl) or an adult will love discovering along with Key. Influences of Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, and Norton Juster swirl throughout his writing bringing enchanted imagery and cleverness to the page. I love books that encourage colorful imagination and critical thinking of what goes on inside and outside of a person.

This book makes you think about how what's going on in your inner world strongly impacts the way the outer world is experienced. We need more children's books to follow in Becket's footsteps.

Also, because of this book, I want my own immortal puppy!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastical World 13 Nov. 2013
By K. L. Bone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Becket has created a rich, fantastical world filled with all manner of magical creatures from witches to vampires to magical cats. This world is centered largely within the City of Necropolis (City of the Dead) which constantly introduces readers to new and fascinating characters with each new chapter.

The actual story centers on the character Key, a nine year old girl whose life is forever altered when she is attacked by a powerful vampire and transformed into an immortal. It is at this point where the story takes on a surprisingly dark tone, which continues throughout the majority of the novel. Key is imprisoned by other members of the vampire community to live her immortal life confined to the Dungeon of Despair. In the dark depths, Key struggles to maintain a sense of hope, even in the darkest of moments. Key bravely faces the unjust cruelty that is bestowed upon her by other vampires with a grace and fortitude that is rarely found.

The story is filled with numerous surprises and dark turns to hold both young and adult readers alike. The conflicts which Key is forced to endure allows the reader to connect with her on an emotional level. Through her isolation I felt drawn in, like a confidant as she lay alone in the darkness of the dungeon.

I look forward to reading more about both Key and the fascinating world in which she resides.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEY Approaches Vampires with Sensitivity and Imagination 15 Nov. 2013
By Jessica Sharps - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first encounter with a Becket book and I was impressed from beginning to end. The world created within its pages allows "KEY" to fill the readers thoughts and dreams.

When reading the book's overview, I was curious how Becket would create a children's book starring a Vampire and co-starring witches, ghosts and all sorts of other worldly creatures. I can reassure any parent or guardian having these same concerns, that Becket does this with careful consideration of his audience.

After spending time with KEY in the dungeon I can't wait to see what happens next. This is guaranteed to be a series that I will read and recommend for my nieces and nephews for years to come.
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