Secret Doors: The Challenge by Brian Meeks

12 Oct

secretdoorSecret Doors: The Challenge

By Brian Meeks

ebook sold by Amazon Digital Services

Published July 25, 2013

Approximately 159 pages – ages 12+

Summary – Abby and Stevie are best friends. Abby is neglected by her foster family (her real parents had died in a fire) and is bullied at school. Stevie is an orphan and sneaks out of the orphanage. One day they spot a very small door at the back of a store they were in (they are friends with the owner). Abby and Stevie get teleported into a large room full of kids and some grown-ups. They get teamed up with 3 other kids for a mysterious challenge (called The Challenge) that none of the kids really know what it is for, but Abby and Stevie figured it was better than going  back home. They are told they have to work together to get from a cave they are magically transported to, to a door that when they go through, completes The Challenge. Their path leads them through a strange world where they encounter dangers,  puzzles they have to solve, and meet new friends (and enemies).  They are guided on their journey by Alouicious who shows up now and again (but far too little). The kids must learn to get along and use their talents to make it through this weird world and succeed on The Challenge!

What I think – The plot idea of this book is intriguing. Two kids find a door and get challenged to The Challenge! Sounds cool. The world the kids go through was interesting. In this world humans were tiny and the animal there were huge. There were also some other creepy creatures like a rock-like giant and beasts from the Pit of Woe (a cool name).  Besides Abby and Stevie there are 3 other kids. One of the kids is a nature lover (Jo), another is a fashionista, a pessimist and kind of mean (Cindy),  and a nice, optimistic boy (George). Out of the 5 kids I think my favorite character is George, but none of them really stuck out for me. Abby started out as a strong main character but faded around the middle of the book. All of the characters were likeable (except for Cindy, but she kind of grew by the end of the book).  The conversation between characters was odd. The characters are 12, but they way they talked to each other sometimes sounded too young. There were a few instances of bad language that parents of younger kids may not like (he**, da**, pi**) and a couple of editing mistakes I found. It bothered me because I was never really sure why they were going on The Challenge other than to just do it. But, I also figured what kid would not just want to go on an adventure. I like the idea that the kids have to work together and get along to complete the journey. Overall I liked the story and I hope we get to learn more about the characters and the challenges they go on in future books in this series.

I give this book 3 out of 5 book worms. threebooks

14 Responses to “Secret Doors: The Challenge by Brian Meeks”

  1. readingwithrhythm October 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Doors of any kind are always a challenge for me.

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  2. patientdreamer October 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    I liked your honest review of this book. Very intriguing story. Thank you!

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  3. Michelle Isenhoff October 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    I really like this cover. It’s suspense in a picture.

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  4. ontheplumtree October 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    It is interesting how escaping physical and emotional suffering by escaping onto an imaginal world is sometimes the only thing that saves us.

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  5. Darlene October 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Sounds like a book in which you need to read between the lines. There appears to be more going on than it seems. Perhaps there will be a sequel that will explain things more. I like the idea of the little door.

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  6. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Glad to hear your candid thoughts about the book. I, too, am bothered by editing mistakes in published books. 🙂 Must be the teacher in me.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Yeah editing mistakes take away from a book (I think that’s the reader in me). 😉

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