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The Tree of Mindala (Wunderwood Book 1) by [Jacklee, Elle]
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About the Author

Elle Jacklee's professional titles have included software programmer, bilingual sales rep, and proposal specialist. But her favorite title, besides wife and mother, is author! It's the only one that lets her call daydreaming "research." Her love for the outdoors is her greatest inspiration. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up, and that's just fine with her! You can visit her website at: www.ellejacklee.com

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  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JVW6E4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,981,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love reading fun books. Make them fantasy books, and you've got me hooked, because there is nothing more fun than a good fantasy adventure. And when it's fantasy as fun and action-filled as The Tree of Mindala, you're guaranteed to have a brilliant book on your hands.

At first, I struggled to like Miranda and her younger brother Marcus. If you'd have combined the two, they would have been the perfect person, but instead, you had Miranda, the over-imaginative girl with a knack for letting her story-telling get her into trouble, and Marcus, the straight-laced boy who really needed to just relax and live a little bit. As the story progressed, there was a ton of character development with the two characters, especially when their magical talents came into play. On the whole though, I loved Miranda as a main character, and she was the perfect heroine for the book, despite me not getting on with her at first. She knew that she would do absolutely everything she possibly could to save Wunderwood and its inhabitants, even though she wasn't aware the world even existed a week previous. Plus, I loved the fact that she had to face her biggest fear, which was water, to come any where near being able to save Wunderwood. And did Miranda face her fear? Damn straight she did! (Which is much better than I would have been able to do!)

Thornton Crow, the villain of the story was most definitely the stereotypical bad-guy, and he was simply evil. I really disliked his character, and the way he treated other people and creatures. The way Elle Jacklee wrote him was great, and he was such an easy character to hate, which makes him a fantastic villain. In my eyes, he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and I was backing Miranda and her quest to try and stop his terrifying actions.
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I believe a good fantasy should transport you to a different world, and that's exactly what The Tree of Mindala does. A wondrous world in which magic flows everywhere and the people live in blissful contentment.

But having everything so magically easy is not enough for some. There's always got to be one rotten apple, who wants all the magic for himself. And he will come close to destroying the world just to achieve it.

Into this world literally drops Miranda and her brother Marcus. Two ordinary kids that discover that they may hold the key to defeating this powerful sorcerer. But how could they be a match for his magical abilities?

The story zips along, which is important for young readers, and has an ending that will have you wondering how on earth they're going to get out of their impossible situation. I was also glad that it wasn't the usual revenge/destroy manner of dealing with things. Throw in a couple of good characters that you're not quite sure if you can trust and it makes for entertaining reading.

by Simon Hugh Wheeler, author of Loosely Translated.

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.
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The Tree of Mindala is perfect for kids and kids at heart. The story unfolds 40 years ago when the magical land, Wunderwood, is under the attack of power-hungry Thornton and his followers. Their goal is to find The Tree of Mindala and steal away it's essence so they alone can decide who can use magic and to what extent. But, although the flora of Wunderwood withers under Thornton's attack and all seems lost, a young man named Truman discovers he could be the key to righting things. And that's just the Prologue!

Fast forward to present day, near Halloween, and we meet Miranda and Marcus. Eleven year old Miranda, ever the daydreamer, reports seeing a mermaid in a pond and gets in trouble when her teacher investigates. Marcus, her pessimistic younger brother, knows this latest antic will lead to nothing but trouble for him. He's right.

Their parents decide to skip the normal Halloween traditions and take the kids to spend a few days at their grandparents' house in the country. Of course, that dashes Marcus' plans to attend a friend's party. But the trip isn't all it seems, and soon the two realize their parents might have something else to discuss with them, something serious. Then things get interesting...

I love several things about The Tree of Mindala. First among these are the characters. The cast includes the charismatic, the sinister, and the downtrodden, but all are believable. I enjoy the variety of creatures and magical beings and the way they interact with each other and Miranda and Marcus. I also enjoy that several of the characters' motives are unclear, keeping me guessing until the very end.

Next, the magical world of Wunderwood engaged my imagination.
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We are proud to announce that THE TREE OF MINDALA by Elle Jacklee is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 30 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story for all ages, especially youngsters 9 Nov. 2015
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Fun story full of magic and lessons about choosing right and wrong. I read many books, some such as this one, for younger readers. This book is well written and the story is really pretty good. It will be passed on to my students and to young relatives. It's just the kind of adventure book that encourages children to read because the story has appeal and the characters are well drawn. The world building is very good and the end leaves you satisfied and yet....you want to read more of this world. Nicely done Ms. Jacklee. Not even middle age could stop my enjoyment of this interesting magical tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tale! 19 Jun. 2013
By Trish (I read too much!) - Published on Amazon.com
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The Tree of Mindala is perfect for kids and kids at heart. The story unfolds 40 years ago when the magical land, Wunderwood, is under the attack of power-hungry Thornton and his followers. Their goal is to find The Tree of Mindala and steal away it's essence so they alone can decide who can use magic and to what extent. But, although the flora of Wunderwood withers under Thornton's attack and all seems lost, a young man named Truman discovers he could be the key to righting things. And that's just the Prologue!

Fast forward to present day, near Halloween, and we meet Miranda and Marcus. Eleven year old Miranda, ever the daydreamer, reports seeing a mermaid in a pond and gets in trouble when her teacher investigates. Marcus, her pessimistic younger brother, knows this latest antic will lead to nothing but trouble for him. He's right.

Their parents decide to skip the normal Halloween traditions and take the kids to spend a few days at their grandparents' house in the country. Of course, that dashes Marcus' plans to attend a friend's party. But the trip isn't all it seems, and soon the two realize their parents might have something else to discuss with them, something serious. Then things get interesting...

I love several things about The Tree of Mindala. First among these are the characters. The cast includes the charismatic, the sinister, and the downtrodden, but all are believable. I enjoy the variety of creatures and magical beings and the way they interact with each other and Miranda and Marcus. I also enjoy that several of the characters' motives are unclear, keeping me guessing until the very end.

Next, the magical world of Wunderwood engaged my imagination. Such places like the Prophecy Pond, Thornton's Lair, and the hidden base in the Silvercap Mountains bring the story to life. The descriptions are rich without being overbearing, and the images they bring to mind leave a lasting impression. Set aside the story, and the quality of writing is solid, including: character development, conflict/plot, and world-building.

Besides the things I liked, I felt the return to real life and the events leading up to it seemed reminiscent of the way the Pevensie children in Narnia return to the real world in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Plus, while everything else is neatly resolved, we never find out whether Miranda's and Marcus' heroic efforts make a lasting difference for Thornton.

That being said, I would recommend this book as a present for a middle-school aged reader, especially those who love stories with magical creatures, faraway lands and young protagonists who discover strengths they didn't know they possessed. Parents, or adults who enjoy books with a younger cast, may also find this story to their liking.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Piece of Fantasy 2 Feb. 2014
By EliteIndieReads - Published on Amazon.com
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Elle starts this book perfectly. I actually couldn't stop reading it after I picked it up because of the pacing, vivid detail and really realistic dialogue. Her book is youthful, magical, intriguing and one if a kind. If you're looking for an out of this world experience, this is it. But, like Rowling, details within the world are relateable enough to draw one in completely. There were a couple plot details about the adventure that could have been more realistic (I'm thinking about when Miranda chooses to go on her quest and why), but the story is so great, I couldn't go less than a five. I would read this again and highly recommend it to fantasy fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delight to the Imaginative Child 25 Nov. 2012
By g'elle - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes the thing we want so desperately may well be what we don't need at all. Thornton wanted the essence from the tree of Mindala to enhance his magical powers and thus perpetuate his tyrannical rule over the people of Wunderwood. The only hitch to his plans was that he didn't count on two siblings from another world that had strong connections to Wunderwood appearing to thwart his plans, and he wasn't aware that the essence of the magical tree would war with the evil within him.

The book succeeds in creating a magical world reminiscent of The Enchanted Wood. Trees shaped into homes; furniture, cups, plates and chairs appearing mysteriously and a creature changing shape at will. It is sure to delight the imaginative child, and maybe the ever youthful adult.
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD 26 Jan. 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good fantasy book. I think it would
make a good movie. Have to see what the 2nd
book does. Will let you know, as I am reading
it right now.
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