Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
Book: The Unseen (Order of the Bell 2) by Jacob Devlin
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Tags: Fantasy / Young Adult / Fairytales / Peter Pan / Hansel and Gretel / Wonderland / Alice in Wonderland / Snow White
Other books in this series I reviewed / The Carver
Thank you to Blaze Publishing, LLC for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Crescenzo and his friends may have survived their confounding journey to the enchanted realms of Florindale, but now they find themselves fighting for their sanity and lives while stuck on the other side of the very mirror they set out to destroy.
With their families trapped by a former ally with a crippling fear of the queen, Enzo, Rosana, and Zack must play a deadly game in Wonderland, where shadows are on the move, kings are at war, and one of them wants Rosana dead.
As darkness hovers over the world, the friends must lean on each other and stop the King of Hearts from following through on Avoria’s orders: Break them.
The Unseen is the sequel to The Carver that I read last month and it continues on almost right away from there. Zack, Crescenzo and Rosana have ended up in Wonderland where they get drawn into a war. While back in fairytale realm their parents and the other characters have to deal with the king thwarting their attempts at finding ways to beat the queen.
I had hoped that this book would step up from The Carver which overall was enjoyable and did have some promise story wise. While this was a quick read a lot of the things that I had problems with in The Carver remained here. As you can see above we follow two big storylines here (without giving too much away about the actual plot). In each storyline we follow about 3 characters with some side jumping here and there to other characters point of views. Again I feel this stops us from really delving into some of these characters. Like Zack for instance who we could have explored in depth in finding out his father is Peter Pan and his best friend having made new friends for instance. Instead we barely skim the surface on it and his storyline in that just doesn’t feel of interest.
The storyline in Wonderland at least felt very together. But the storyline in the fairytale realm went all over the place with all the characters that were being juggled in it. It was hard to find any interest in this line at all. I wish we would have gotten more Hansel in this as I think there was so much left to discover here after what he did in the first novel. But again, it was barely touched upon.
I could let a lot of this slide in the first book as it had a lot of things to set up, but in this book the deepening should have happened. Added to that I felt that the dialogue was badly done. Forced and our characters, even the adults, felt like characters in a play saying a few lines in a lot of it.
The core of the story is one that I find interesting and that has so much potential. Especially those that like Once Upon a Time could like these books.