Book Review! The Conjunction of the Realms by Sandra Alex

21 May

conjuncThe Conjunction of the Realms
By Sandra Alex
416 pages – ages 10+
Published by Livre Press, Inc. on December 2, 2013

Sean Michael (age 11), Ellie (age 12), and Charity (age 2) were going to spend the summer at their grandparent’s cottage. Their grandfather built an amazing tree-house for them to play and sleep in. Grandpa built it in the theme of his famous make-believe stories about the realm of imagination. When the characters from Grandpa Kingsley’s stories start appearing, everyone (including their Grandpa) realizes the stories are true and they were shocked to learn this.The family has hope of finding Sean Michael’s brother, Philly (Ellie and Charity are sisters and cousins to Sean Michael), who has been missing for 10 years (since Philly was 3), because they find out the characters from Grandpa Kingsley’s stories,  are also missing family members. The characters and the Kingsley clan think that they may be connected, but they aren’t sure how. They team up together to find answers.

This was a pretty good book. The settings in the book are very cool. I like how it transitions to a bunch of different places like Easter Island, a Gnome’s house on the Kingsley’s property, Nixie Lough (the royal city of the Real of Imagination). These places are described very well and I could picture them in my head as I read.  I really liked the character of Grandpa Kingsley. He sounds almost as cool as my grandpa (which says a lot!). He’s a great guy too, very wise. The writing style was fun and appropriate for all ages, but I think the length of it may turn some younger readers off. There were a few places I felt that the story got bogged down in details (mostly at the beginning) about minor things that could have been cut out. Overall, the story is very good with original characters, a story that keeps you wondering what will happen next and an enjoyable plot. I am excited that there will be a Part 2, but this book also ended just fine. 🙂

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

To learn more about the Conjunction of the realms, please visit the official website HERE.

There is a companion book available for The Conjunction of the Realms. The publisher describes it this way – “Taking advantage of multitouch technology, the companion book contains interactive maps, illustrations, photographs, original music and a video interview with the author. ” Find out more about it at the publisher’s website HERE.

18 Responses to “Book Review! The Conjunction of the Realms by Sandra Alex”

  1. Michelle Isenhoff May 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    It took me a moment to place it, but I got a sneak peak at the book trailer for this one. Glad to hear Sandra got 4/5!

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  2. ontheplumtree May 22, 2014 at 5:35 am #

    I certainly love the cover, and I love fairy tales. 🙂

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  3. Patricia Tilton May 22, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    This sounds like a fun plot and interesting read. I would enjoy seeing the characters in the grandfather’s books come alive.

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  4. Jilanne Hoffmann May 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Interesting. I’m wondering if my son has the patience to make it through the slow parts before becoming uninterested in the story. He’s 10, a good reader and loves tree houses. He’s enjoyed The Sisters Grimm series, the Mysterious Benedict Society series, the Secret series, the Warriors series, and the Jean Craighead George Frightful (My Side of the Mountain) series. But he’s turned off by Lemony Snickett’s series, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson. What’s your best guess?

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 27, 2014 at 7:14 am #

      It may be hard to get through the beginning parts of the book, but the story is very good and wroth it. I think kids like your son may have trouble with it (I did). Maybe try the Hero’s Guide series or Spirit Animals series or the Hatchet books by Gary Paulsen. 🙂

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  5. writersideup May 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Oh, give me a gnome, and a treehouse that’s “home,” and there’s already something to like about it 🙂 Thanks, Erik!

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  6. KidLitReviews May 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    This sounds interesting but it seems a bit long for most readers in this age group. Even JK Rowling started out with shorter books before that huge final book. Still, if the story is that good, kids will fight through it. 🙂

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  7. Sandra Alex (@TheSandraAlex) May 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Wow, it is so wonderful to read everyone’s comments. Thanks again, Erik! I’m so glad you liked THE CONJUNCTION OF THE REALMS. The trailer is not final, I’m still tweaking it. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll post the link here for everyone to see. 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 27, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      Thank you Ms. Alex for taking the time to comment! I’d love to see the trailer! 🙂

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  8. readingwithrhythm May 26, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    I like that gnome on the cover. And I like treehouses. And I like mysteries and magic. And it has Ellie in it. So I guess I’ll have to check this one out! Thanks!

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  9. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Gnomes and realms and fantasy land – looks like a wonderful story to add to a summer reading list for fantasy lovers.

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