Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: Amulet: The Stonekeeper - Kazu Kibuishi

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Cute.)  
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 1, 2008
Publisher: Graphix
Page Count: 192 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Emily and Navin lost their father in an accident. Their mother takes them to a new town to start over. The house they move into has been in their family for years after their great-grandfather went missing. Now their mom has been taken away too. When Emily finds an amulet necklace, it starts to help show her the way. What will they uncover deep within the house, and how do they know that the amulet won't lead them astray.

This was an exciting little tale. I can't believe they killed off the father within the first ten pages. Terrible. Emily is a very spunky and brave young girl. She makes for a great heroine for the story. Her brother, Navin is quite brave too, and maybe a bit more clever than his sister gives him credit for. The extra characters are fun too. I love Miskit. I really like the art style, and some of the illustrations are completely wonderful. If there were puzzles, I would say this book reminds me a lot of the Professor Layton video games. This has been labeled middle grade and YA and I think it can easily slip into either catergory. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for these two and the rest of their family and friends.

First Line:
"We're supposed to pick up Navin at eight o'clock."

Favorite Line:
"And how can you rely on faith when time is running out?"

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