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- File Size: 3442 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G2DMCSW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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- #77 in Kindle Store > Books > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Science Fiction > Steampunk
- #123 in Books > Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
- #2774 in Kindle Store > Books > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Sword & Sorcery
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Key the Steampunk Vampire Girl and the Dungeon of Despair Kindle Edition
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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!)
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.
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!!!
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.
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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