Twelve year old Mehera Crosby is obsessed with her favorite fantasy series, Imaginalis When she learns that future publications of the series have been canceled, she does everything she can think of to ensure the continuation of the epic story Her powerful belief in the series allows her to build the Unbelievable Bridge and bring the Imaginalis characters into the real world where she learns that only her belief in them can save their land from extinction Imaginalis borrows concepts from The Neverending Story and Inkheart, mixed with Indian Buddhist Hindu themes, and will appeal to fans of epic fantasy novels Overanalyzing the concept that the whole universe is just a story and that humans are only characters that have the ability to create other real fantasy characters can be confusing and muddle the story so it is better to just accept it The published reviews are mixed and I found the book to be only so so, although I do not typically enjoy reading this genre, so the fact that I made it through the entire thing says something You might want to consider purchasing if your library has a strong fantasy following. This book totally came across to me as pointless I mean, the author had good descriptions and all, but other than that the storyline was pretty hard to follow, and it was way over dramatized The drama part might have been because the narrator was supposed to be a thirteen year old girl, but the way Mehera was completely obsessed with the Imaginalis books was slightly disturbing She kind of went into depression when the Imaginalis book was canceled, and anyone who can get that upset about a children s book probably needs therapy. This story was clever and interesting, but flawed, leaving the resolution as a little too pat One of the problems I had with the story was the order in which the reader was given information It s not until well into the story that the reader is told that the Imaginalis series, which so obsessed the main character, wasn t particularly popular Up until that point, it seemed as if it was a big deal, and that it was only her obsession with it that was bugging her classmates, and that it was close to being the next Harry Potter or Narnia.Another issue like this was the villain Since we, the readers, haven t read the book within a book, it s harder for us to understand the characters, but the villain seems pretty much all powerful At one or two points in the story, I found myself wondering why the villain hadn t won yet.To me, the ending didn t fit very well with the tone of the last half of the story Overall, it was enjoyable, but not as good as it could have been. I ve been a fan of J.M DeMatteis for a long time, between his comics work and his canceled too early series of Abadazad novels Imaginalis was certainly well written, but a bit of a disappointment The characters he created were entertaining, and the hints he gives of the Imaginalis books were certainly intriguing I liked the ideas about fiction interacting with reality At the end of the day, though, the story was pretty straightforward We weren t immersed in the Imaginalis world the way we had been in the Abadazad stories to really see why Mehera found them so special Instead, we get something of a deus ex machina explanation DeMatteis is a fine writer with some great ideas, but here, he let me down a little with the plot. [ EPUB ] ⚈ Imaginalis ♹ What If Your Dearest Friends Were Trapped In A World That Was Dying Mehera Beatrice Crosby Has One Great Love And It S Not Following The Latest Health Fads Like Her School Friend Celeste , And It S Definitely Not Andrew Suarez Even If He Does Have A Ridiculous Crush On Her It S Imaginalis, Her Favorite Book SeriesWhen She Learns That The Long Awaited Last Book In The Series Has Been Canceled, Mehera Is Devastated Until Strange Events Begin Unfolding, And She Realizes That Her Imaginalian Friends Are Counting On Her To Rescue Them From Their Fading Existence Soon Mehera Finds Herself Traveling Between Her World And The Kingdom Of Imaginalis But What Will Happen When She Accidentally Brings The Villain Of The Series, Pralaya, Back To Earth, Along With Prince Imagos And His Companions Has Mehera Doomed Both Worlds Beyond Repair, Or Is There A Way To Save Mehera S World And Imaginalis, Too Expert Storyteller J M DeMatteis S Richly Imagined Fantasy Is A Fast Paced Adventure And A Testament To The Power Of Loyal Friendship, Creativity, And Imagination
This book was absolutely abominable I think the author might be an atheist, too, and I think I can prove it.I picked up this book because the story sounded interesting a girl saving story book characters from disappearing forever However, I literally kept nodding off while reading this book I had to force myself to get to page 100 It was there I gladly stopped and went off to read another, and better, book But I think I ve read enough of this to mark it as read I want to WARN you how horrible this book is before you begin it.Here is why I think this book is absolutely, and totally abominable This is a book about a girl who loves books And yet, the author himself insults the Nancy Drew books Those books weren t particularly my taste, but don t you think it s than a bit rude to say that they are formulaic garbage Page 55 Lots of time and effort went into writing the Nancy Drew books time and effort goes into writing any book Well, accept this book It s horrible.And another thing the character who insulted the Nancy Drew books, Celeste her father is an atheist, and it looks like he raised her up the same way The main character, Mehera, and Celeste hang out and only pretend to be friends They don t really LIKE EACH OTHER, but that s what a friendship IS They hang out because they re supposedly all they have, but if you don t like the person you are hanging out with, why hang out with them at all Or call them your friend How can you be all someone has if you don t even like each other, or have any similarities If they d just FACED REALITY and parted ways, something would ve come up and they both would have found the perfect friend God would have had a plan for them Oh, wait THEY ARE ATHEISTS They don t believe in God.SERIOUSLY YOU STUPID AUTHOR Oh, and I think I can prove the author himself is an atheist When Mehera finds out her favorite book series is canceled, she yells I hate you at her dad, and runs up to her room She cries and started STROKING the poster of the book series she has nailed to her wall, saying something like, I believe that you are real I think you are real thanall of this And she gestures outside, pointing to her backyard, the trees and the sky How can you believe a BOOK is MORE REAL than the world around you If there was no world, than authors or printing presses or anything to make a book wouldn t even exist Oh, yeah and here s yet another thing the magical characters from the book series Mehera likes, they try to contact her through texting And YouTube vidoes Now, I ve heard of some books where people vanish into video games and computers, but if BOOK characters are trying to contact someone, shouldn t they be using something bookish Like a secret message in enchanted ink That would be better instead of BOOK characters contacting someone through the INTERNET It just doesn t go well together Also, for someone who claims to be crazy about books the main character sure does use a lot of technology I think, in the book Inkheart, the character s love of books was portrayed better because she actually READ books But all this character does is say I love books sooooo much and then lock herself up in her room and go on Facebook.Also, in the One Year Adventure Novel by Daniel Schwabauer, there is a writing technique called Undiserved Misfortune, to make the reader feel sorry for the character Like if someone s parents died In fact, Mehera s mom DID die, but it s hard to feel sorry for her if she repeatedly says, Oh don t feel sorry for me I m fine Really THAT was annoying Also, because this book was written in first person, that means Mehera narrates it Well, when she was narrating the story, she repeatedly used incredibly annoying words that did nothing but make the writing choppy She kept on using kinda sorta and interrupting what she was saying with long AND UNNECESSARY dashes like this And when she was reading an excerpt from one of the books in the series that she likeswell lets just say the author should have TOTALLY rewritten that ALOT You can easily tell it was the author s writing style because of the annoying dashes I mean usually when people are writing a book and it has an excerpt from a fiction story they made up, they d probably want to make it less and less like their own writing style as possible But that s what this author DOES NOT do You almost can t tell the different between Mehera s narrative and the storybook characters because it s the same and the only difference was the queen s narrative was all in italics.Over all, this book is absolutely, totally and without a doubt the largest and most repulsive book to walk the in the world of literature and it most definitely shouldn t have been written because I think everything about it is incredibly abominable and I was going to complain about something else around page 100 but that s where I stopped so I don t remember what happened and I don t really want to because this book is utterly and disgustingly HORRIBLE The end. I was very intrigued by the blurb when I decided to buy this book, as it s about a girl who ends up in a fantasy world created by her favorite author.I really loved the general concept here Opening a door to your most beloved bookish world and actively participating in the story Well you ve certainly got me with this I also liked the portrayal of the female main character and the setting that s been established around her life story It s a single parent setting, which earns the book a few plus points already, as I m always looking for children s and YA novels with diverse parental structures Next on my list is the interaction that develops out of the protagonist s strong belief in the fantasy kingdom The representation of the fictional author is nice to read and the fantasy characters coming to life within the world of Imaginalis is well written The only thing I wasn t particularly keen on was the fantasy story itself I know, that s a big part of the book but I loved the idea around it, so that makes up for it I just, personally, couldn t get into the Imaginalis part here Maybe I m just too old Keeping in mind that this is a children s book, I can definitely recommend it as I think the story s well written for young readers and adults who are interested in the genre. The general premise and twist on child discovers beloved storybook world is real sounded interesting I m also a fan of DeMatteis comics and can enjoy children s books despite being well out of the target demographic, so was looking forward to this Surprisingly I couldn t even get through the first chapter without starting to skim A little further and I gave up altogether The main character narrator gets so caught up in her own enthusiasm that she rambles without restraint I want to find her endearing and be angry with the classmates that mock her and complain to the teacher about her love for her favorite book, yet the writing style and excessiveness of her verbose book report strained my own patience There s something seriously wrong when I m sympathizing with the bullies I tried a couple times, and tried skimming skipping ahead a little Nothing helped rekindle my interest and I just couldn t make myself read.All that said, children are less likely to be bothered by style and likely to get caught up in Mehera s enthusiasm, so it could be a much better fit with its actual target audience I unfortunately recommend adults who like children s books not bother though. Twelve year old Mehera Crosby is obsessed with her favorite fantasy series, Imaginalis When she learns that future publications of the series have been canceled, she does everything she can think of to ensure the continuation of the epic story Her powerful belief in the series allows her to build the Unbelievable Bridge and bring the Imaginalis characters into the real world where she learns that only her belief in them can save their land from extinction Imaginalis borrows concepts from The Neverending Story and Inkheart, mixed with Indian Buddhist Hindu themes, and will appeal to fans of epic fantasy novels Overanalyzing the concept that the whole universe is just a story and that humans are only characters that have the ability to create other real fantasy characters can be confusing and muddle the story so it is better to just accept it The published reviews are mixed and I found the book to be only so so, although I do not typically enjoy reading this genre, so the fact that I made it through the entire thing says something You might want to consider purchasing if your library has a strong fantasy following. I love a good fantasy.but this one was just a little too weird There are fantasical creatures, a creepy and smelly villain, and adventure But I just couldn t get past the weirdnesscharacter names, behavior, actions It was very much like a Neverending Story takeoff a girl gets involved with characters in her favorite fantasy series, a book within a book But the book inside the book was just really odd I think to make a good fantasy work, you ve got to firmly anchor the new and strange world somehow with the reader I didn t feel it worked too well.That said, I still finished it and stayed up too late to do it So clearly, I was at least hooked by it somewhat.