Audio Review: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

emerald atlasThe Emerald Atlas
Author: John Stephens
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Children’s
Source: Library
Amazon     Barnes and Noble     IndieBound
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Called “A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma’s extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.
Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.
Until now.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world…a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

My Thoughts

You guys, I completely forgot to write a review for The Emerald Atlas when I finished the book.  I finished reading it at least  a month ago.  So this probably isn’t going to be the most detailed review out there.  But I’m going to do my best.

I order all the children’s materials at the library where I work.  When I first read reviews for The Emerald Atlas, I knew it would be very popular at the library, and I also knew that I needed to read it.  But I just never got to it.  So I decided to check out the audiobook, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jim Dale was the narrator.  Jim Dale, as I’m sure most of you know, narrated the U.S. versions of the Harry Potter audiobooks, and let me tell you, he is amazing!  I have listened the HP books, and I have also listened to the Peter and the Starcatchers series also narrated by Jim Dale.

Jim Dale once again totally kicks ass as a narrator.  I don’t know exactly what makes him so good, but he is.  Anyway, onto the story.  So this book has time travel in it.  I’m not really a huge fan of time travel stories.  I find them really confusing; however, I really liked this book.  I thought the whole idea of three orphans destined for some bigger purpose was a lot fun.

The characters were so well-developed.  Each of the three siblings had their own distinct personalities.  I particularly loved Emma’s personality.  She was so fiesty, and ready to fight anyone that irritated her.  Of course, Michael was awesome too with his obsession and adoration for dwarves.  And his disgust with elves.  He was adorable.  Kate, the oldest sibling, was the one I didn’t quite grasp as much.  Maybe it was just because her personality wasn’t as out there as Michael and Emma’s.  Kate is more like a mother to her younger siblings.

This book has all sorts of fantastical elements.  Like I mentioned, there is time travel, there are dwarves (or is it dwarfs?  I prefer dwarves, so that’s what I’m calling them), and battles and scary creatures.  There’s a witch, and sorcerers and a totally awesome warrior guy who I maybe had a little crush on.  Although I don’t think this is in the same league and His Dark Materials, it is a fun middle grade fantasy that is definitely worth the read.  I will definitely be reading the second book in the series, The Fire Chronicle, sometime soon.  And if you listen to audiobooks, you will not be disappointed in this one.

Life Tidbits

  • It’s been a great, but really busy, weekend.  I’ve slacked off a bit on blog stuff, but hopefully I can get back in the game today.  
  • I started the audiobook of Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  Oh my gosh, you guys, it’s amazing!  So amazing, that I don’t have the patience to only listen to it in the car, so I bought the $10 ebook last night and have been reading it.  I don’t ever spend $10 on ebooks.  That’s way too expensive in my opinion.  I will spend $15-$20 on a physical copy, but when it is just an ebook, I hate spending that much.  But in this case, totally worth it.  🙂
  • I went to Coppertop for dinner with my BFF last night.  It was great to spend time with her.  We don’t see each other as much as we used to, I miss her.
  • I’m so frickin’ glad I don’t have to work today!  Seriously, words cannot adequately express how wonderful it feels to have today off.
  • Also, it’s Monday, which means a new episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!  Can’t wait ’til 12 EST!  I absolutely loved the last episode with Darcy sporting the Newsboy hat.  Heck yeah, that was adorable.  Where’s my Darcy?
  • Speaking of Newsies, I have been listening to Jeremy Jordan’s Santa Fe on repeat the last few days.  His voice is SOOO velvety.  I am so glad I got to see him perform in Newsies twice, but I’m sad he left the show.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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7 Responses to Audio Review: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

  1. Suzanne says:

    I feel like I should comment on your review, but all I can really do is say..but there was NO DARCY. Which seemed wrong. There was an awful lot of awkward in today’s video, though. So much awkward, LOL

    • Quinn says:

      Seriously! NO DARCY! It’s just wrong. Not that I didn’t like the episode, because I did like it. But right now, all I can think of is DARCY!

      • Suzanne says:

        Yes, I liked it, too, but like yeah. NO DARCY. I was just sure that after the previous video, we were going to get more Darcy, since they were supposedly taking Lizzie around the city. Unless I purposely misunderstood…

      • Quinn says:

        I think we just need so much more Darcy. Now that it makes sense for him to be in the videos he should be in nearly ALL the videos. Right 🙂

  2. Heidi says:

    I listened to this one on audio as well, Quinn! Alas, I wasn’t as happy with it as you were. I just couldn’t get into the story (and I LOVE time travel books), it seemed too formulaic and repetitive and unnecessarily long to me. I probably won’t continue on with the series, but I’l be interested in your thoughts if you do!

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