Saturday, February 23, 2013

REVIEW: Hollow Earth by John and Carole E. Barrowman

Title: Hollow Earth
Author: John and Carole E. Barrowman
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: Published February 2nd 2012 by Buster Books
ISBN: 1907151648 (ISBN13: 9781907151644)

About the Authors:

John Barrowman is a presenter, a singer, a dancer and an actor, best known for playing Captain Jack in the television series Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Carole E. Barrowman teaches English and creative writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, She also writes newspapers and regularly appears on television to talk about books. Carole and her brother have already written two books together, but Hollow Earth is their first novel for children.

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Lots of twins have a special connection - being able to finish each other's sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain - but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special. Together, the twins have extraordinary powers. They are able to bring art to life, or enter paintings at will. Their abilities are sought by villains trying to access the terrors of Hollow Earth - a place where all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined lie trapped for eternity. The twins flee with their mother to the security of an island, off the west coast of Scotland, where their grandfather has certain protective powers of his own. But too much is at stake, and the twins aren't safe there either. The villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within...

My Thoughts:

I decided to purchase this mainly because of its beautiful cover and the blurb really caught my attention. It sounded exciting, which is something I usually like.  It’s about the 12-year-old twins  Matt and Emily Calder who happens to be Animares, people who can bring art to life and enter paintings at will.

This was an absolute delight to read. John and Carole did a really great job in this book keeping it very descriptive as well as extremely fast paced, which without a doubt is a hard challenge for many writers. 

Right from the beginning chapter, I knew that this was something special, and the further the book went on, the more that point was proved. I was taken in the story from the very first page to the very last one. 336 pages may seem a lot, but they whisk past and you can't stop reading! 

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars
This book was so good I would buy it without looking at the price tag.


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  3. This book sounds really cool! I love the cover. <3

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