About the Book
Title: Four Fiends (The Countdown), 2nd Edition Author: Nikki Bennett Publication Date: February 16, 2014 (2nd Edition) Publisher: Independent: Firedrake Books LLC Pages: 215 Recommended Ages: 8+ Summary: The Four Guardians of the world have gone missing. They’ve been kidnapped by some of the most diabolical fiends that ever existed. Now, four misfit kids from different parts of the world must band together to save the Guardians. Along the way, they learn to work together, as they confront and conquer their deepest fears.
* My Personal Review *
WOW is all I can say about this book! I fell in love the first chapter :) I was entranced with it, couldn't put it down. Perhaps because it was something I haven't read before - young people with magical worms that have to go on missions to rescue magical animals and they have magical items to use. Sabura, Kate, JingJing and Pietro are amazing and are written very well. I really loved the way the author brought each of their pasts into the adventure and showed us how complex they were and how their lives and pasts affected the adventures and how they deal with things. I also loved the diversity, that each character was from a different place and had different cultures which did clash on occasion but also helped them win.
I felt A LOT for these characters - they were not just stick figures on paper - I believe that Kate was my favorite possibly because she was so strong-willed and stubborn like me :) I also loved the way the author played with the concept of Four Fiends/Four Friends because on their journey they learn about each other and where they each come from and it bonds them. The bonds they have with their worms is amazing too! I seriously want my own worm now LOL I know that sounds crazy but you could literally FEEL the love and comfort that each worm brought to their owner. I WANT that feeling. I would give this book 10 stars if I could, that is really how much I enjoyed reading it - possibly the best book I have read since I started reviewing! It was such a departure from the "normal" paranormal and magical novels we are used to, and I would highly recommend this book for adults and YA alike!
"This was one of the most entertaining reads for the whole family we have found in a long time. The characters are very believable, and I am always a sucker for heroes that have to find their way. The reading is very fluid and easily understood by the little kids when read aloud (sounds silly but anyone trying to do this will tell you it's not as easy a thing to achieve as it sounds) and the kids all seem to enjoy the story. The history is easily accessible even without a lot of research or background knowledge. The kids are very motivated to research and learn more on their own because this story has captured their interest. I already have many home learning lessons in mind using this book and have begun developing them with my kids. I think this is a book that will be found in classrooms very soon! Great job! I'm looking forward to more soon!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Mariah W., Amazon
"Excellent read in and of itself, and provides excellent, character-building source material for reading to youngsters. The characters are well written and realistic, and the storyline is cleverly written and intelligent." ~ 5 Star Review, Alia K., Amazon
"Fantastic read. I loved the characters in this book so much that I re-read to my 9 year old after finishing it. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes stories about adventure and believing in yourself." ~ 5 Star Review, Keith, Amazon
About the Author: Nikki BennettNikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories. Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her newest book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!) Find out all about Nikki's books at www.worldofnikki.com
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