The Emerald Atlas [Pdf/E–book]
Added just to try to explain everything else that happened But by the time I ot to those chapters I had stopped caring The author was too busy spinning a web to make us care about any of the main characters Even the names were not consistant We have one character who is alternately refered to as the witch or the countess and I think she may have been Russian Winter given a name too There is the secretary who is also Cavandish I kept forgetting this was the same person The baduys also have two names and it doesn t seem to matter who is talking about them as to which name is used Even Kate one of the main siblings meets one person who constantly calls her Katherine and another who always calls her Katrina and she never once says Hello My name is Kate I reuested this book thinking that it would be a fun and magical children s story aimed at 8 10 year olds like with the Percy Jackson series but I was really surprised by the complexity and depth in this book as well as the darkness and loved every minute of reading it I m actually a little disappointed that I ll now have to wait for so long to read the next book and see what happens Kate Michael and Emma have been shunted from orphanage to orphanage for 10 years since being removed from their parents house one Christmas Eve with a kiss and a promise that they ll be reunited again one day Then after missing their last chance at placement with a foster family they are sent to Cambridge Falls where they stumble on an adventure that has been both 15 and thousands of years in the making This story reminded me of other children s stories but only little bits and pieces There was nothing I could really point to and say Oh he was inspired by THIS story here or anything like that it was just an impression that I had I was reminded of Harry Potter only kind of in reverse with the opening scene of the children being taken away from their home I was reminded of ENesbit s stories as well throughout the book mainly by the tone and the family loyalty theme I was reminded of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe a few times and The Hobbit a few times etc But again these were like impressions that I had rather than feeling like anything was actually borrowed from what came before Despite feeling a vague sense of familiarity with these books I felt like The Emerald Atlas was very original and different I loved the concept of time travel and how it actually came about I thought it was just the right level of complex to logically and magically work but was still explained in a way that everyone could understand and follow The storyline was exciting and the creatures and characters were all interesting I loved the characters they were all believable and identifiable to me and I couldn t help but love them and their loyalty Kate is the eldest and promised her parents that she would watch out for the others She s Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, got a load of responsibility on her shoulders to match Atlas which is pretty significant actually and she sot a heart of Pregnant Man gold She just can t stand seeing anyone suffer or hurt and instantly falls into a nurturing role when needed Emma was my favorite I think She s the youngest and the type ofirl who s strong and forceful because she cannot take being hurt not when that s all she s ever known She s uick to love though and her love is a little desperate and fierce I loved her and I can t wait to see her next adventure Michael the middle child was hilarious A studious Dwarf scholar he is the smart and logical one of the trio He was constantly making me laugh by his bald faced awe in a lot of the situations they were in I truly loved how each of the children brought their own uniue aspects and each played and intricate role in the story and worked as a team I was lad that they had trials because they each had time to shine There was a lot that I loved about this but I think that I ll just recommend that you read it yourselves I highly recommend this one for readers of all ages The Emerald Atlas reads like a mix of CSLewis s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe JKRowling s Harry Potter and even Lemony Snicket s A Series of Unfortunate Events It was just too much so many plots and elements taken from every other popular series that Stephens almost fails to deliver his own twists his uniue charms to the novel Stephen s protagonists are not unfamiliar They re almost archetypal And certainly the re very reminiscent of Violet Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire particularly MichaelKlaus s bookish ways Gabriel was like a mix of my favorite iant Hagrid and Narnia s Aslan Dr Pym was clearly another version of Albus Dumbledore Aside from that I m Kawaii Manga getting uite fed up with this whole orphan concept with the kidsetting sympathy from readers due to this longing and missing their parents The whole The House Girl gotta rescue my parents who are trapped by somereat evil plot is over. To a blur Arriving at Cambridge Falls the children uickly realise there is something different about this place and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark crooked house beforeAs they explore they discover an old empty leather book The moment they touch it an ancient magical.
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WOWThis was as magical as Harry Potter and as epic as Narnia The Emerald Atlas was simply a delight to readThis is a fantastic children s fantasy The characters are engaging and each has their own personality making it easy to relate to at least one And they have flaws They have real believable flawsThe world is simply enchanting It is built so well that I could imagine it all so well at points I wondered to myself if there had been a dramatisation of this made because it really came to life There are your common fantasy races like dwarves and witches but then there are some brand new and uite terrifying additionsThe plot is fantastic there are aspects of mystery that don t end as you think they will It twists and turns and helps to weave this marvellous story And that ending Just when you think everything has calmed down that everything is The Accursed going to be OK now Well I don t want to spoil it for youWhen I finished this I was left with If I was 10 15 younger I would rate this book 55 without a doubt Now I am maybe bit too old but I enjoyed it it was lovely bookMust read for fans of books like Narnia or comics like Amulet This is an amazing book Let me restate that this is an AMAZING TERRIFIC APPALLING AWESOME EXTREME SHOCKING MONSTROUS ASTOUNDING ELECTRIFYING FLABBERGASTING IMPRESSING ASTONISHING IMAGINATIVE GRASPING book Ten years ago Christmas 3 kids were dropped at an orphanage They know their parents are alive For the past ten years the children haveone from orphange to orphanage Now they are headed to the mysterios Cambridge Falls that nobody can tell them anything about There they discover many things that they never believed were real Read The Emerald Atlas to find out about their adventures and near death encounters AHHHHHHH So oodFirst impressions1 The story is amazing It s fantastical magical fast paced and action packed2 Characters are love The relationships between Kate Michael and Emma are reat There is a fierce love and hate like with all siblings relationship between them And their rowth and development is outstanding There are reat side characters as well3 Fresh You would think orphans on a uestadventure to save the world has been done a billion 1 times but The Emerald Atlas does it differently enough that I was immersed and in awe of the story4 Great twists and surprises 5 Pacing throughout the book is fantastic From the prologue to the end you just want to slow down and savour the readThis is only a trilogy Well I look forward to it Check out my full video review here OkayI m torn here I d like to Swing Sideways go a bit than 3 stars here but if I do I ll need too find all my 4 star books and move them up to 5 then what do i do with the 5 star books So stuck with 3 and telling you i find it a bit better than just 3You will if like me you occasionally pick up a YA book or if you have YAs in your life and read with them find some of this book somewhat familiar A The Secret of the Great Pyramid group of 3 children rather than a single child are whisked away into the night away from their parents because an evil and powerful mage magus is after them Why Because of a prophecyof courseDon tive up This isn t really another Harry Potter wanna be well I suppose it does aspire to the sales and popularitybut it does have some similarities with those books and a few others Still Dancing with Mr. Darcy given time it manages to forge it s own story mostly and tells it pretty wellI did find these 3 of the most annoying children I ve run across in YA fiction especially Emma the youngest but bear up the book is readable and pulls itself together And ends in a cliff hanger that leads to another bookof courseI suppose the book will annoy some people in that it deals with a book that has power over time and space Paradoxes abound How will we survive how will reality hold together in the face of all these paradoxical events Magicof courseAlright any and I ll spill a spoiler so I ll stop with all that and say not a bad book Readable in my case listenable as I had the audio version with some nice spots I think younger youths might find it enjoyable than older It s a bit simple in it s form and telling even with people leaping forward and backward in time and space Judge for yourselfThe audio by the way is very listenable also because it s read by Jim DaleI think it possible that Mr Dale himself deserves an entire star for his narration While it is possible for a plot to be too simple this author seemed to believe that his story wouldet better and better the complicated he could make the plot What we end up with is three protagonists who are rarely together so we have to follow at least two and sometimes three different story lines at the same time with constant shifting between them not to mention all the not very well defined time traveling and it s kind of a mess There are two or three chapters near the end which seem to be. They were taken from their beds one frozen night when the world was covered in snow The silhouette of a tall thin man has haunted Kate ever sinceTen years on Kate Michael and Emma have rown up in a string of miserable orphanages and all memories of their parents have faded.
The Emerald Atlas Pdf/E–book
Used too I really just wished Stephens could have done something new added another twist to them being lonely orphans The eneral plot is intriguing but painstakingly underdeveloped and filled with ludicrous and overused elements I m a big fan of time traveling concepts but unfortunately The Emerald Atlas just confused me with this telling of dual universes and just the technicalities and loop holes of such details I don t even want to Sharpes Trafalgar go back and try to understand it any But The point is there are two different versions of what happened in the past yet Dr Pym and others remember both accounts even after Kate changed history Um I thought two versions couldn t exist simultaneously And hello butterfly effect anyone Time traveling theories are uite tricky which is really why Stephens shouldn t have attempted it I just think it takes someone experienced to try to explain these concepts especially since his writing wasn t totally on par Interestingly enough Stephens worked on Gossip Girl Gil Girls and The OC Maybe he should stick to script writing as Stephens tends to roll over the details as well as important dialogue with a paragraph summary The imbalance between dialogue and summary was just really prominent through out Stephens does throw in uite an amount of humor and even wit but it seems like I noticed the flaws I don t hate the book even despite the awful load of taken plot elements and characteristics from my favorite fictional personalities as theeneral story can be uite uniue However I found the protagonists not very endearing or lovely the other characters too similar to some of my favorites to even differentiate and the time traveling just too full of holes to fully enjoy JK Rowlings Harry Potter series resulted in a cataclysmic change in fantasy fiction for children Forty years ago science fiction was marketed to children and young adults Robert Heinlein Andre Norton Anne McCaffrey and Ursula LeGuin were available at the library but fantasy was mostly missing This is not to say fantasy novels were not available but it was primarily limited to Tolkien s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit It was not until The Sword of Shannara was published in 1977 and became a huge bestseller that fantasy and epic fantasy at that became a huge wave in fiction for adultsRowlings proved that younger readers will read long epic novels with children characters and paved the way for big epic fantasy to be sold to kids A lot of it is now available and is on the way Rick Riordan is a huge bestseller with his series tied to Punished godlings but there are also traditional fantasy albeit it with young kids as the main characters The Emerald Atlas is the first volume in a p First in a series of three I muessing about three kids who are supposed to save the world The only thing is they don t know why and they don t know howThese three kids Kate Michael and Emma are orphans Their parents had them taken to an orphanage ten years ago with a promise to Kate that they would be back Since then the children have been shuffled from home to home never His To Protect giving up on their parents and never allowing themselves to be adopted They eventually end up in a place called Cambridge Falls and find themselves in a creepy old house with a shrewish housekeeper Mrs Swallow and dotty oldroundskeeper called Abraham The place is supposed to be an orphanage but Kate Michael Emma seem to be the only children there And the mysterious Dr Pym who reuested the children be sent to him is not thereThe kids take start to explore this old house and end up down in the basement area where they discover an old laboratory and in the laboratory they find an old book But this is no ordinary book and when the kids open it all the pages are blank Michael assumes this is an empty photo album as there is an old photo sitting next to the book He sets the photo inside the book and POOF All three kids are transported to the time and place where this photo was taken From there the story takes off with an evil Countess and terrible monsters and terrified townspeople to saveThe story was not bad but my problem was that these kids are not very credibly drawn I mean I don t think Mr Stephens has kids or maybe he s not been around any in a while The youngest kid Emma totally ot on my nerves She s supposed to be eleven years old but she behaves as if she were much much younger And they way she imprinted on the hero Gabriel was just not at all believable especially for a kid that has never know a father figure as she was left by her parents before she ever knew them And the other two well they were stereo typical older and middle children the oldest being overly responsible and the middle being a nerdy smarty pantsI did enjoy this book don t let my niggly complaints dissuade you It wasn t bad at all and I will probably read the next in the series. Prophecy is set irrevocably in motion and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate reality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters Only they can prevent the terrible event that will ruin Cambridge Falls and stop the world from falling into complete devastati.
Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameJohn Stephens spent ten years working in television and was executive producer of Gossip Girl and a writer for Gil Girls and The OC He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia John and his wife have a dog named Bug and live in Los Angeles His debut book 'The Emerald Atlas' is the first in a series of