Sunday, November 15, 2009

Review #26: Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor

Title: Seeing Redd

Author: Frank Beddor
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback on Loan
Genre: Young Readers (Age 12-18)

Rating: 5/5 (The highest 5 I can give! An enthusiastic 5! A shout out loud 5!)

Can you tell I liked it a little?

My Review and Description:

Frank Beddor, how I love the world in which you created. You are now my new book boyfriend. Oh wait, am I thinking this out loud and typing it? (nervous cough)

This review, like the first in the series, is going to be short and sweet. I loved it! Beddor is such a creative storyteller that you completely get absorbed in this fairy tale world. I don't read a lot of "fantasy" and I would certainly put this in that type of category, but it was really readable and fun. It wasn't, in my opinion, weighed down by too much detail in creating a fantasical (is this a word?) world.

Seeing Redd picks up from where The Looking Glass Wars ends. Evil Aunt Redd has been banished from Wonderland and her story picks up with her trying to recreate herself in the modern world and make her way back into Wonderland to take over once again. We find Alyss as Queen, where she belongs, trying to keep Wonderland the safe place it should be. We discover a personal side of Hatter M, not just as the loyal bodyguard of the Queen. And the side characters continue to shine. Generals Doppel and Ganger. Homborg Molly, the new bodyguard to the Queen. Dodge, the lifelong friend and love of Alyss, revenge over the death of his father filling his heart And my new evil favorite, King Arch. (who is the top dog character in the third book I'm reading now, Arch Enemy).

All in all these characters collide and battle and join together and love and hate creating such a wonderful, imaginative world, you feel like a kid again reading it.

I highly recommend this series. Sadly, it's just a trilogy. I may have to seek therapy over my loss.

Happy Reading!

* red headed book child


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'd have to say you liked it!
Cover is wicked cool, too.

Sheila Deeth said...

I liked the Looking Glass War. I shall be looking out for this.

Jenny said...

Haha, you're so funny. =) I may have to look into this series.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I had seen this book a while ago, almost picked it up. Which now I am glad I did not. Only because it is part of the series and at the time did not know it.

This series has been in my head a lot lately. I think this series has made my Christmas List. I really want to read these and now after reading this review... I don't know if I can wait till after Christmas. Well, at least it is only a little over a month away and I have my stack sorted out till the new year. So I will have to wait, but not patiently. I am really excited to get to these!

Great review!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Lol, I sincerely hope for your sake that the author writes another few books after finishing the trilogy! And great review, sounds like a fun read. Actually, like those hundreds of fantasy books I used to LOVE to read in elementary and early middle school. :)

Melissa said...

I mooched this one based on your rave review of The Looking Glass Wars!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thanks for commenting all on the fabulous series that is The Looking Glass Wars. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!