March 25, 2019

#BookReview for Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Jane Doe Chronicles #1) by @jeremylachlan

Synopsis: Step inside. Don’t look back. Forward is the only way. Philip Pullman's Northern Lights meets Mad Max in this unforgettable blockbuster adventure about the world between worlds.

When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home.

But this ain’t no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father’s secrets. A man who has an army.

With a pyromaniac named Violet and a trickster named Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks...

This is the blockbuster adventure the worlds have been waiting for.
This title will be released on May 7, 2019.

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About the Author:  
Bookseller Jeremy Lachlan has always been obsessed with big epic adventures in books and film--Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, Jurassic Park. He was inspired to write The Jane Doe Chronicles while lost in the Cairo Museum. Jeremy lives in Sydney, Australia. This is his debut novel.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This story was magnificent!! I could not put it down and I think this is totally one of those books for kids who do not like to read.  I am an adult and I LOVED THIS ONE!!! This one has everything you could ask for in a novel, humor, danger, an epic quest and killer characters!!  It reminds me of another middle grade title called The School for Good and Evil you guys know how much Jessica and her family loves that series and I think lovers of that series will also totally fall in love with this one!!  

"A tormented, snarky girl quests through a magical house full of traps in this series opener. Ever since Jane Doe appeared in Bluehaven on the Night of All Catastrophes 14 years ago, a babe in the arms of her nonresponsive father, the villagers have called her the Cursed One. Jane, they are sure, brought the earthquakes that plague them and somehow closed off the Manor that once offered gateways to the Otherworlds. On the annual holiday during which Jane and her father are burned in effigy by the townsfolk, Jane is rescued from a near murder only to be thrust through a secret Manor entrance on a quest to save all the worlds. The Manor's filled with corpses, gas mask-bedecked soldiers, and B-movie traps. With the help of a few potential allies--or are they enemies?--Jane (who, along with every other character, has no obvious racial identity) hopes to find her newly vanished father. Lachlan's worldbuilding is utterly incoherent, with a blend of technology levels, idioms, and foods that make no sense together, and he makes liberal, casual use of ethnic and disability tropes. Still, for those readers who want a video game-style race against time (if Jane doesn't press the right glyph on the floor tiles, or duck the giant swinging axe, or escape baddies on top of a rushing train, she will die gruesomely), there's plenty of bloody, fast-paced adventuring. A romance between Jane and a female friend seems likely to spark in Volume 2. Poorly constructed but also a breathless, fun crawl through a maze of twisty passages."--Kirkus Reviews

"'Cursed' Jane Doe exists to take care of her nonresponsive father and avoid the slurs of the 'good people' of Bluehaven who view her infant arrival from the world portal known as the Manor as apocalyptic. Calamity strikes again when Jane is 14 and the Manor reopens. Intrepid adventurer Winifred Robin insists Jane must reenter the Manor to save the world and rescue her father. Once there, Jane finds a violent world ruled by Roth, who wishes to conquer all the Manor and all the gateway worlds by collecting three keys, one of which Jane possesses. Jane teams up with an ancient Manor resident Hickory to seek more keys in the Manor's hostile realms. Jane and her companions, Violet and Hickory, are distinct, likeable characters. Jane has a wry humor paired with intense vulnerability over her near-orphan status. Hickory is an unknown quantity--he acts in his own interest, and perhaps sequels will reveal his true motivation. Violet's preference for fire and explosions as diversions is highly amusing. Their quirky personalities will help readers persist with a complicated backstory referencing gods and the creation of the Manor. Fast-paced adventure and numerous escapes move forward an abundance of episodes and shifting narratives. Mild swearing and a brief discussion of Jane's romantic interest point toward a middle school audience, along with other complex story elements. VERDICT Relatable characters balance the dense setting and plotting. Purchase where adventure is in strong demand."--School Library Journal

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