Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”

Goodreads Description: For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

Sometimes Fablehaven came up on my recommended books on Goodreads and I always thought the book cover looked so awesome and a little creepy! My younger sister (she’s really only a year younger than I am) actually has the entire series, so she let me borrow the first book. The book cover is sparkly and has colorful fairies on it! I borrowed this book back in September from my sister, so I decided to finally read it. Fablehaven is more of a middle grade book and it even had some pictures here and there of certain things in the book, which I thought was nice.

It took little bit for me to get into it and I’m sure that had everything to do with it being middle grade. I think if I was younger than I would have been all over it. It didn’t blow me away and I didn’t find it as amazing as my sister said it was. I did enjoy it though and thought it was a really fun read. I loved all the magical things and the fairies. It was written in a way that you could really seen Fablehaven in your mind and all the creatures that live there.


Seth was a little bit too annoying for me and he was constantly breaking the rules and not listening. I found that super annoying, but to be honest, I find that annoying in real life with kids LOL. I’m SO old, haha. 😛 I liked Kendra and she was pretty much the opposite of her brother Seth. It was interesting that their grandpa left little clues for them in the hopes of them figuring out little things going on in Fablehaven.

There is a few little twists and surprises, which were nice. I was kind of thinking I was going to guess everything going on, because it was a middle grade book and I was sure I would figure it out. I didn’t, so that was nice! Overall, although it didn’t blow me away, I did really enjoy it and I really want to read the next book! I think as the series goes on it’ll get a lot better. I just have this feeling. I think because it was the first book, they were mostly just introducing Fablehaven and the entire mystical creature world. OH YEAH, one more thing…drink the milk.

Have you read Fablehaven? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you will?

The weekend went by way too fast! Sigh. I am already ready for the weekend again. 😛 Hopefully this week is a good one! I know lately it’s been kind of stressful. I hope you have an amazing Monday! I am honestly not excited that it’s Monday.

The plus side; peppermint coffee!
Side note: I am not a big coffee drinker, but I love peppermint anything. 😛


10 thoughts on “Thoughts||Fablehaven.

  1. I read Fablehaven a while back and I think I gave it either 3 or 2 stars on Goodreads. It was a meh read for me. The story is interesting but it’s not as exciting as I expected it to be. I thought it would be scary too when I bought it because of that witch (or whatever creature it is) on the cover.

    • The witch definitely made it look like it would be a little creepy. It definitely could have been better. I think maybe because it’s a middle grade book, it wasn’t as appealing or interesting as it could have been.

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  3. I’ve been thinking for a while that I would like to read some middle grade books. I think I just want to deny my adulthood! (I just turned 23. Terrifying!). Great review 🙂

    However I’m not sure how I feel about peppermint coffee. Do you have milk in it?

    • In four months I’ll be 28, so you are definitely not even that old compared to me 😛
      I believe that Starbucks puts milk in their coffee (I’m not completely sure about this), but I know it’s not like black or anything like that. It has some kind of milk or creamer in it.

  4. I love the Fablehaven series! I read it for the first time years ago and need to reread it and blog a review of the series. I love the way Mull mixes fantasy and reality in those books–magical creatures in our world–so cool! That probably stems from my Harry Potter love 🙂

    Also I hope you are getting into the Lunar Chronicles more 🙂 I had a bit of a hard time getting into Scarlet as well–but it just got more and more exciting for me. Here’s my review, if you are interested: I just finished Cress and am excited to check out Winter too!

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