Title: The Candy Shop War
Author: Brandon Mull
Genre: Juvenile, Fantasy
Date Finished: 21 Sep 2008
My Rating: 2 Stars
I generally don't read read a lot of fantasy or sci-fi books but I am willing to expand my reading horizons when I hear good things about a book or author. I've heard good things about Brandon Mull so I decided to read this book when I saw it at the library. Perhaps this book is an enjoyable book for fans of the genre but for me it fell flat.
I did think the concept was very creative. Magical candy that can make you fly, jawbreakers that make you unbreakable, a candy war between rival confectioners, it sounded interesting but I found myself bored throughout much of the story. A book that I thought would take me only a day or two to read stretched to four because I was not all that interested in it. Things that bothered me other than being bored? There was a lot of descriptive violence for a Juvenile/Middle Grade reader and in my opinion the group of kids in the story were not to bright. The story just did not come across as believable. I think a good fantasy story should seem believable even if it is not realistic.
But then again, you can feel free to discount everything I say about it because like I said I am generally not a fan of this genre so I suppose I am difficult to impress.