Angie Rooker’s Enchanted Sacred Garden: Dragon comes across lighthearted even as it deals with issues, which is not a terrible thing. For me it comes across as a mix of the 80s and early 90s Saturday Morning cartoons (you know, when they treated the viewer as if they had a brain) combined with Harry Potter and Redwall.
The characters take the form of creatures from tales of mythology like how Brian Jacques used regular animals for his characters in Redwall. Even as you know they are creatures, it is written so well that you can see each one’s unique personality and feel how they would be in real life as well. The personalities and the types of creatures each character exists in a perfect harmony. There is never an action that a character takes that comes across as illogical as you are reading.
Considering the plot revolves around adoption and bullying, along with using nonhuman characters, that can be extremely tricky. Rooker succeeds at it well though. Bringing her point home as clearly as if one were watching an episode of Saved By The Bell but smoother and more logical while keeping it lighthearted. Along with having more compelling characters that leave you wanting to see more of what happens to them even as you flip the last page. If the rest of the series is written as good as this first book, readers are in for a delectable treat for sure.
This is one of those series that is written so well that it would make a wonderful Saturday Morning cartoon. Especially since it is entertaining for readers of all ages with how it treats the reader. Even as it is lighthearted like some of the early books in the Harry Potter series bringing a refreshing breathe of air to YA, while still being serious like Jacques did in Redwall though still having its own voice all its own.
One that is wonderful to see the likes of once more since it had seemed for a long time lost to the 90s and early 2000s. This is one of the best YA books I have read in a long time. While most series start on a low note and aim to go out on a high note, this series aims to start on a high note and just keep going higher and higher. There are few series that I’ve seen with a style like that, but all the ones that I have read that started out like that were amazing. I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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*Tips his hat and walks out the door heading for the library*.