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Emily Windsnap and the falls of Forgotten Island - Liz Kessler (book review)


Book: Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island
Author: Liz Kessler
Genre: Fantasy, Children's, Adventure
Published By: Candlewick Press
Published Year: 2018

My Review:
Having received a copy of this from Netgalley a while ago however never having gotten around to reading it I was glad to have found the time as I finished this within a few days and couldn't stop reading it once I started.

Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island is about a girl who goes on vacation with her family and when there discovers there is a land behind the waterfall. Upon realising this Emily is told of a prophecy which foretells an earthquake which will destroy the island unless Emily is able to save the day.

I found that this book was a really easy read and one that brought me into it really quickly. I thought that the adventure was well written and was good as a stand alone book as this is the seventh book in the series. Showing how the family is half mermaid and half human was something in which I thought made this book rather unique and made me interested in the world in which they live in. Showing how Emily's friend is tired of adventures and just wants to relax and that her boyfriend is tired of feeling alone I thought was rather relateable to readers as it showed how friends can drift apart and people even though you care about them sometimes don't always feel it until the person is able to show them and understand why the person is feeling that way. I liked how the book also showed how the people behind the falls were more advanced in the way that they were able to communicate with nature and able to understand the land more than those who were more advanced in technology. By also having the prophecy later found by a man's wife who died and the reason behind the giant and how he had to save the island was something I found really sweet and upon meeting the giant really felt for the character even though he was only in it at the ending.

The only thing about Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island that I personally didn't like was how at times it felt like there wasn't enough of the other characters such as those behind the waterfall and I wish there was more around them as they really interested me and stayed somewhat a mystery. I do also think that some of the writing seemed rather young for me but that is just a personal view which still would be great for children.

Overall, I think that this is a great adventure book for children and one that I would recommend. Although this is the first I have read in the series I am no wanting to read the others and see I have missed from the previous books and find a new love for the characters. I would recommend this book to children who are looking for an adventure book which also involves fantasy within it. Also for those who are looking for a new series of books to read. I would read this book again!

My Rating: 4/5

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