Official Review: The E&N Escape by P.N.Holland

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Official Review: The E&N Escape by P.N.Holland

Post by kandscreeley » 16 Oct 2019, 11:52

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The E&N Escape" by P.N.Holland.]
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Billy, Ricky, and Sarah (Billy's sister) travel together on the E&N Railroad. Sarah has a soccer game nearby, and, since the boys have a project due on the railroad, it's a great time to do their research. Unfortunately, on the way, Billy and Ricky disappear, leaving Sarah to continue to her game alone.

Meanwhile, Billy and Ricky are sucked into the future. The leaders of that time need their help. Since the two are wizards, the Council wants them to stop an evil wizard named Mohryia. Will they be able to defeat this evil? Will the boys be able to keep their family safe (and in the dark)?

The E&N Escape by P.N. Holland is a young adult novel in the science fiction/fantasy genre. It's a fun book with short chapters designed to keep readers coming back for more. There are a few minor cuss words sprinkled throughout, but they are few and far between. With no explicit content, this would be appropriate for middle school or high school age kids.  In fact, Amazon lists the age range as 12 to 18.

Billy narrates the story from the first person point of view. When he's away from his sister, the story switches to third person limited. The switch was written well, and the story flowed smoothly from one to another.

The best children's and young adult books sneak education into them. They teach, oftentimes, without the child even knowing. This book did exactly that, which I found fascinating. We learn about the Kinsol Trestle, which is a real location in Canada. Teachers or parents could use this to engage the student further.

The book seems to be part of a series, but I couldn't tell where in the series this book fit. The information isn't on Amazon. It isn't the first, however, as there were hints throughout the book about previous adventures. We learn the boys are wizards, yet it isn't discussed how they came into their powers. I assume that's detailed in a previous story. Still, the plot worked well by itself with most of the story wrapped up. The only real hiccup to reading this book alone was a lack of character growth or knowledgeable; the protagonists weren't as relatable as if the series was read in order.

In addition, the book needed another round of editing. I found mistakes throughout the book. Though none were egregious with the majority being extra periods or missing apostrophes, there were more than ten mistakes.

I rate The E&N Escape 3 out of 4 stars due to the editing issues and somewhat shallow characters. It's worth a read; still, even though it's a stand-alone, the books would be more enjoyable if read in order. It would be helpful for the author to list the order of the books in the back or even number them. The audience for this would be anyone who loves a young adult adventure full of magic with a battle of good versus evil.

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Post by mmm17 » 21 Oct 2019, 12:31

It's a pity the characters were shallow. This aspect would surely have bothered me, too. Great review! :tiphat:

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Post by CommMayo » 21 Oct 2019, 14:11

Mysteries on trains...always fun. Too bad the editing wasn't as thorough as it could have been. It sounds like this could be a fun series for young readers. Nice job on the review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Oct 2019, 18:12

mmm17 wrote:
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It's a pity the characters were shallow. This aspect would surely have bothered me, too. Great review! :tiphat:
I'm sure it's because it's the middle of the series. I think they were probably introduced more in another book. Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Oct 2019, 18:13

CommMayo wrote:
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Mysteries on trains...always fun. Too bad the editing wasn't as thorough as it could have been. It sounds like this could be a fun series for young readers. Nice job on the review.
It definitely would be good if read in order. Thanks for the kind words!
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Post by MrunalT » 22 Oct 2019, 02:37

The theme sounds interesting but not sure I would want to read it. I enjoy books where characters are well developed; shallow characters do not usually keep me interested in the story.

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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Oct 2019, 18:26

MrunalT wrote:
22 Oct 2019, 02:37
The theme sounds interesting but not sure I would want to read it. I enjoy books where characters are well developed; shallow characters do not usually keep me interested in the story.
I understand, but I think you'd enjoy it if you started at the beginning of the series. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by Kibetious » 23 Oct 2019, 05:01

The book sounds interesting. I wonder why the blurb does not mention any previous works related to this book. Thanks for the detailed and enthralling review.
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Post by Tomah » 23 Oct 2019, 11:14

I usually prefer to read series from the beginning, even if a particular book is supposed to be stand-alone, but I do enjoy light-hearted fantasy stories. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Pearl Hijabi » 23 Oct 2019, 14:18

This sounds like a fun series for the youngsters. It's a bit upsetting that there are mistakes throughout the book and I think that characters may look like shallow due to this being a part of a series.

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Post by kdstrack » 23 Oct 2019, 17:50

I like your line about being, "sucked into the future." This is a theme that is particularly attractive to this target audience. The plot sounds compelling, but I would like to read the beginning of the series to see how they became wizards. Great analysis of the book.

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Oct 2019, 19:15

Kibetious wrote:
23 Oct 2019, 05:01
The book sounds interesting. I wonder why the blurb does not mention any previous works related to this book. Thanks for the detailed and enthralling review.
The series is ambiguous. I'd like more information about it. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Oct 2019, 19:16

Tomah wrote:
23 Oct 2019, 11:14
I usually prefer to read series from the beginning, even if a particular book is supposed to be stand-alone, but I do enjoy light-hearted fantasy stories. Thanks for the review!
Well, if you can find the first book, you'd greatly enjoy this series. If you do find it, please let me know. Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Oct 2019, 19:17

Pearl Hijabi wrote:
23 Oct 2019, 14:18
This sounds like a fun series for the youngsters. It's a bit upsetting that there are mistakes throughout the book and I think that characters may look like shallow due to this being a part of a series.
It is a fun series that I'd love to see more of. The author has a great imagination. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Oct 2019, 19:18

kdstrack wrote:
23 Oct 2019, 17:50
I like your line about being, "sucked into the future." This is a theme that is particularly attractive to this target audience. The plot sounds compelling, but I would like to read the beginning of the series to see how they became wizards. Great analysis of the book.
Yes! I'm very curious about how they found out they were wizards. That's the one part that was missing. Thanks!
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