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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Oct 2018, 14:23

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Maya Mysun & The World That Does Not Exist" by PM Perry.]
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Maya and her brother Jack live in London. It's their thirteenth birthday, and they plan to celebrate the way they always do - by visiting the Museum of Myths and Mysticism. However, as always seems to happen on their birthday, a series of unusual events occur. First, Maya has a very unique and detailed dream. Secondly, she receives a mysterious letter. Finally, after their visit to the museum, Maya and Jack's parents disappear. Maya and Jack must figure out where they've gone and how to save them before it's too late.

David, who also lives in London, has fled from yet another foster family. He's gifted at avoiding capture, but he can't escape the officers this time. Now they are taking him to a new, private facility called Red Gate. David is all ready to run again, but this place is not like any other to which he's been. A monk greets him at the door of what could almost be called a fortress. The halls are filled with ancient armor and weapons along with numerous paintings and sculptures. His room is part of the royal bedchambers and bigger than any he's had before. This time, he thinks he just might stay a bit longer than normal. But, he soon finds out that not everything is as it seems.

Maya Mysun & The World That Does Not Exist is a fantasy adventure for young adults. Though the vocabulary may be a bit challenging, the action is non-stop and will keep the most preoccupied of readers engaged. The beginning is a bit confusing but slowly becomes clearer as the plot progresses.

I enjoyed the many unique characters adorning the pages of this book. From normal human children, to beings that transform from warriors to four-headed snakes, to wraiths, to flame genies, to dragons, this book seems to have a bit of everything. My favorite would have to be Maya's pet tortoise Tommy who isn't quite as benign and innocuous as he sounds. Little surprises like Tommy are what make this book unique and able to stand out from the crowd.

As far as age-appropriateness goes, I did have a few issues. As stated above, the vocabulary is somewhat advanced. Words like vivarium and pedestrianised are used fairly often. In addition, as this is a fantasy, many of the names used are quite hard to pronounce. A younger reader would stumble over them. There was some violence in the book, but it was worth noting that it was not particularly gory. At the beginning of the book, Maya's dream is somewhat confusing. Luckily, the dream does not need to be fully understood to grasp the remainder of the story. There was, also, quite a bit of rule-breaking. In the grand scheme of things, the Harry Potter series was also classified as young adult; however, there was plenty of confusing plot twists and turns, action-related violence, unique creatures and names and even disobedient children. We all know how successful that was with children and adults.

I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was fun, adventurous and enlightening. This is why, in the end, I decided to give Maya Maysun & The World That Does Not Exist 4 out of 4 stars. In considering the rating, I was on the fence about taking off a star because it just didn't quite meet the expectations for a young adult novel. Still, there are many other examples of books that don't cleanly fit into that category either that are still best-sellers. I recommend this to anyone, young or old, who enjoys a good fantasy novel featuring young adult protagonists, magic and otherworldly beings. It looks like this will become a series, and I can't wait to see what happens to Maya, Jack and David next!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Oct 2018, 07:29

My favorite would have to be Maya's pet tortoise Tommy who isn't quite as benign and innocuous as he sounds. Little surprises like Tommy are what make this book unique and able to stand out from the crowd.
This sounds like a fun book, and I enjoyed your review. :tiphat:

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Oct 2018, 07:41

Cecilia_L wrote:
17 Oct 2018, 07:29
My favorite would have to be Maya's pet tortoise Tommy who isn't quite as benign and innocuous as he sounds. Little surprises like Tommy are what make this book unique and able to stand out from the crowd.
This sounds like a fun book, and I enjoyed your review. :tiphat:
Thank you! It was quite interesting. Very enjoyable and action-packed.
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Post by HollandBlue » 17 Oct 2018, 07:54

This book seems to have a lot going for it; the idea of visiting a Myth and Mysticism Museum on a birthday is an exciting idea. I wonder how Maya and Jack connect with David. Thanks for your review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Oct 2018, 08:13

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17 Oct 2018, 07:54
This book seems to have a lot going for it; the idea of visiting a Myth and Mysticism Museum on a birthday is an exciting idea. I wonder how Maya and Jack connect with David. Thanks for your review!
I love the museum! It was a very fun book to read, and I know it's one that many will be able to enjoy. Thanks for the review.
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Post by writer808 » 17 Oct 2018, 08:16

Nice reveiw.

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Oct 2018, 08:22

Thanks writer808!
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Post by wendos » 18 Oct 2018, 00:30

That's a unique birthday adventure for Maya and her brother Jack. And then, David on the other side, cornered. I like the book's unique plot too.

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Post by Samy Lax » 18 Oct 2018, 01:05

I have a feeling I would like reading about Tommy a lot.

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Post by T_stone » 18 Oct 2018, 02:15

An adventurous book on myth really sounds quite interesting. I just imagined having a unique adventure on my birthday :D. Thanks for the review
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Oct 2018, 07:37

Thanks everyone. :) It's one I would highly recommend.
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Post by kdstrack » 18 Oct 2018, 21:36

Thanks for the review and the recommendation. This book sounds interesting and well developed. You have made us all curious about Tommy and the Museum!! Well done!

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Post by jeddumapias » 19 Oct 2018, 03:27

you catch my interest, reading this book is quit good,, very good..

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Post by Bianka Walter » 19 Oct 2018, 03:53

I do love young adult fantasy. These premise also seems fun - I might give it a go :)
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Oct 2018, 09:57

Thank you all for your kind words. It's a great book, and I have no doubt it will be a great series. Hope you all read and enjoy.
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