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“Decent writing though no stellar literary gems to take away, weave a fairly interesting tale of fraternal twins Matt and Emily who are Animare: they can use their minds to animate what they draw. The concept was intriguing but the downside is that this is clearly a first book in a series and left so many loose ends that it really doesn't feel like a complete story in any sense so you're left hanging.
I did enjoy that one of the 3 main children characters is a boy who is deaf but feel they copped out of much of the interesting role he could have had; especially when he had a psychic connection to Emily and could therefore "talk" to her that way so as to get around having to sign or read lips all the time.”
“Pretty good juvenile book-twelve-year-old twins with a psychic connection and the power to bring their drawings to life. Havoc ensues when bad guys want their powers for evil purposes. the setting, the Scottish island of Auchinmurn (in reality Cumbrae) is intriguing, makes me want to visit, and references to great works of art by Van Gogh and Bruegel sent me scurrying to Google. Great adventure with unanswered questions at the end have me waiting for the next book in the series, Bone Quill.”Pat H wrote this review Monday, February 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My cousin got a signed version of the book. looking forward to reading”Meghan ~Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light~ wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not a bad story. Definately suspenseful. Can't wait for book 2.”Debra C wrote this review Thursday, November 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very wholesome. ”daye wrote this review Sunday, November 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ In Hollow Earth we meet Matt and Em Calder. Two seemingly ordinary twins with extraordinary power. The power to bring art to life! Though it starts as fun and games it soon escalates to more noticeable things, putting themselves in paintings, erasing doors and escaping from a secret society that wants to imprison them. Fleeing to their grandfather’s estate in Scotland with their mother, Matt and Em begin to learn more about their unusual ability and the organization that’s after them. But the Animare’s better watch out, because the twins can do whatever they want, all they need is a pen and paper.
Although Hollow Earth is technically a children’s book, the prospect of art coming to life was just too interesting to ignore. But I would have never even picked up this book if it hadn’t been an advanced copy from the library I go to. When I saw it in the “free books” bin, all by its lonesome, with no one to enjoy it, I snatched it up and promised to read it a soon as I got home! The busy cover caught my attention out of my peripheral view, but I was really hooked when I read the quote on the cover, “Imagination can be a dangerous thing”. One, it made me question whether this was really a children’s book or not. And two, imagination and danger are the two greatest things an author could ask for (or write about) in my opinion.
In a word... amazing! The story was captivating, the characters were funny and entertaining, the setting was imaginative and it totally deserves 5 stars! Normally I’m a little bit squeamish and reluctant to read a book with more than one author, but a book is a book, and this was a great book!
Would I recommend this book to you? Totally! Even though Hollow Earth is a children’s book and not for my age group, it was probably one the best books I’ve read in a long time! I think it can appeal to all ages despite its childish topic. Hollow Earth creates an amazing journey for readers that’s dangerously imaginative! ”
“Brilliant! ”Zak wrote this review Sunday, August 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow what an amazing book. I'll grant you there were a few bits I'd had a shrewd idea of what was going to happen or who someone was. But that maybe down to me being a grown up who's well read. But there were also parts I was wrong on!
It was as well written as any of the Harry Potter books. There was also never a dull moment. Even towards the end I found myself racing along with Matt and Em trying to find out what was happening. I liked the short chapters because it felt more like a TV programme going from scene to scene. I thought it worked really well.
The Barrowman's don't treat children as if they were too young to understand anything. Very few things are held back. There are plenty of scary parts to the story that would fit well in any adult novel of this type.
This would make an excellent series if not film. My only worry would be if the BBC did it and toned the book down. It would only work if it was on a Saturday at around 7pm and not on CBBC!
Can't wait for the next book!!!”