Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Review: Banished By Teresa Gaskins

Title: Banished
Author: Teresa Gaskins
Published by: Tabletop Academy Press (2012) 

My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

This is an amazing book! What makes it even more amazing is the fact the author is a 13-year-old homeschool girl! I was very excited to read Banished once I found out about it, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

Writing: The writing was incredible! I have to say, I would have never, ever guessed the age of the author based on the writing. The wording and writing style could have easily been one of an adult author. In fact, I’ve read adult authors that aren’t even as good as this. I was very impressed!

Characters: The characters were phenomenal as well, developed very well, down to the last detail. You couldn’t help loving the characters; and I loved how the author gave us a range in personalities in each character. We have Chris, determined, smart, and kind; Arnold, more on the funny side, but very protective and kind to his friends; Terrin, bold and fun-loving; and Nora, my personal favorite, sweet, quiet, and kind. They all interacted well, forming an example of friendship and enhancing the storyline and book further.

Plot: The plot was very interesting and action-filled. The book takes place in another world, and the author was very creative with the names of her countries and new creatures, of which were very well described. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall, this book was very good. It was well written with great characters, a good-paced plot, and a fun setting. I loved it and am looking forward to the second book.

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