Written by a young author, this exciting adventure story pulls you into a true fantasy world. A suspenseful and addicting read! Other books in this series. Add to basket. Benotripia McKenzie Wagner. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Sign up now. Too many details bog down the story for them.
I really think that the target audience, chi This book is written for a younger reader. I really think that the target audience, children 8- 13 years old will be fascinated by the story told, the way it is told. Great job McKenzie. It will be interesting to see how this young author progresses given time and experience. Jan 05, pseudonym rated it did not like it. I know the author was young, and that's great, but the writing was not good. There was never any obstacle that the characters had to work to overcome, because every time they encountered a problem, the main character pulled out some long-forgotten power that would be useless in any other situation.
The story was unrealistic, with characters fainting for no particular reason and staying unconscious for days. I had a very difficult time getting through this book, and something on every page would I know the author was young, and that's great, but the writing was not good. I had a very difficult time getting through this book, and something on every page would irritate me so much, whether it be bad writing, characters' unrealistic reactions, or millions of useless super powers. Oct 04, Amber rated it it was amazing.
I just finished reading this book it was cute and really good. Sep 22, Heidi rated it liked it Shelves: ya-mg-fantasy-reading-challeng , books-blogged , middle-grade , middle-grade-fantasy. Roseabelle and her friends, Jessicana and Astro are fun characters with some interesting powers. Powers I wouldn't mind having, like being able to change into a bird.
I'd never need another car. Roseabelle and her friends live on the island of Benotripia, where Roseabelle's mother, Danette governs. Roseabelle and her friends attend a training school where they are learning to use Roseabelle and her friends, Jessicana and Astro are fun characters with some interesting powers. Roseabelle and her friends attend a training school where they are learning to use their powers, but everything changes when Roseabelle's mother is kidnapped by Darvonians. Roseabelle and her friends are almost captured themselves when Darvonians come to claim a special pouch that Danette left with her daughter.
They quickly determine to follow the Darvonians and get Roseabelle's mother back. The plot has a lot of potential, unfortunately it doesn't come off completely believable. One of the big things about fantasy is that it needs to be believable regardless of the 'magic' involved. Here we have three eleven-year-olds acting with the logic and reason of much older characters. There is a lack of believability in their actions. In addition, the way the plot unfolds isn't very logical, for example, following the Darvonians on a raft?
Meeting a huge sea monster and not losing any of their supplies? I think the biggest problem was that I didn't find the kids reactions realistic and there is not a lot of world-building. However, despite the weaknesses, which I'm not sure a child reader would even notice, the book is a light, fun, read with a nice quest plot and interesting characters. This young author has a lot of potential.
I would love to know more about the two different islands and why they are such enemies. I do admire the determination of the three kids to rescue Danette. A fun adventure for early middle grade readers with lots of creative fantasy elements. Jan 27, Rhonda rated it really liked it. Her characters were well defined, settings were great, powers were good.
I would recommend this book. Probably for older elementry readers or parents who want a good adventure story to read to thier kids. I was not board or lost when reading it. Roseabella finds that her mother Danette is missing and she is the ruler of Benotripia. She believes thier enemies the Darvonans have taken her. Roseabella,Jessicana and Astro decide to take off and rescue her. Each of them have special powers that help them on thier journey. Lots of action,drama, magical creatures and items they find on thier journey. I was given Benotripia: the Rescue to read and in exchange asked for honest review of the book when I had finshed it.
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Aug 23, Cathy rated it really liked it. Roseabelle lives a fairly normal life, she goes to her school, or training to use her talents with her personal trainer Shelby, she has a couple of best friends, Jessicana and Astro, and her mom, Danette is the queen of their country, Benotripia. Life couldn't be better, until one afternoon when Shelby disappears for the afternoon, Roseabelle is sent home and discovers that her mom has been kidnapped by another country. She, Jessicana and Astro must journey to that other country, Darvonia, and r Roseabelle lives a fairly normal life, she goes to her school, or training to use her talents with her personal trainer Shelby, she has a couple of best friends, Jessicana and Astro, and her mom, Danette is the queen of their country, Benotripia.
She, Jessicana and Astro must journey to that other country, Darvonia, and rescue Danette before it's too late. On the way they will have many adventures and there will be peril and treachery. Will the three young friends make it? This was a really cute book. I thought that it was well written, the author is only 11, I think that if she can write this well and show this much imagination at this age, we all better watch out, because she's going to be writing some amazing stuff.
The story was easy to follow, I thought it was engaging and I'm a mom, can't wait to find out what my own 11 year-old thinks of it! I love supporting new and young authors. I couldn't believe McKenzie wrote and published her own book at the wee age of I am extremely impressed with her writing and character development. I hope it encourages other young aspiring authors to continue to pursue their dreams. It is incredible that a girl her age wrote over pages. Given, her young age, the story is obviously not flawless. Nothing ever is. But you can definitely tell how much time and effort it went into creating this story.
Sure, there are some plot holes and the writing could use a little more work.
But the story is still understandable. I think If I was within the age group designated towards this book, I would've enjoyed it much more than I had. But honestly, an year-old wrote this, my expectations weren't too high. It is definitely for younger readers. Jul 06, Nancy rated it it was ok. I realize the author was 11 years old when she published this book. That is amazing and commendable and she should be encouraged in developing her skills.
I have rated the book a little harshly, if you are going to take her age into account. I think it is best. I didn't think the book was fantastic.
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I do think the author's efforts were awesome and her future looks bright, if people will actually help her grow and develop. The story isn't anything new, but there are some imaginative twists on thin I realize the author was 11 years old when she published this book. The story isn't anything new, but there are some imaginative twists on things. If you don't mind gaping plot holes, flat characters, and twitchy scenes, you will rate this higher than I did. Good job, McKenzie! Keep studying and working and learning this craft.
I hope things turn out well for you. Mar 19, Maddie Lund rated it it was amazing. This book is a really good book. It is fast to read, and is perfect for you if you love fantasy and action. It takes place on a island with people who all have different magical powers. It is full of detail and I have read it about 3 or 4 times and never get tired of it.
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I got to meet the author and got her autograph and she told me about the book. I was so interested and I bought it. I love it so much and can't wait to read the other books in the series! Oct 22, Callee rated it it was ok. Umm, I thought it was ok. My 7 year old who I was reading it to thought it was great. I'm impressed that the author is so young. My biggest complaint of the book was all the names! Nothing is simple anymore.
EVERY single name in the book was so flipping long and complicated I lost Interest very quickly and shortened everything so it was easier to read out loud. Jan 17, Heather Jensen rated it liked it Shelves: phys-copies-owned. I honestly didn't like this book, and probably would have given it only one star, but I took into consideration that the author is 11 and upped it. It was just And hard to get through. I only read it because my grandparents handed it to me. View 1 comment. Jun 12, Kimberly rated it it was ok. My students talked me into reading this one to them at the end of the school year.
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The students loved it! I was not that in love with it. It is a good book for 3rd-5th graders.