The Land Of Roar by Jenny Mclachlan

Book Review #288

Title: The Land Of Roar

Author: Jenny Mclachlan

Publisher: Egmont UK

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Pansing

Publication Date: September 5, 2019

Pages: 304

The new middle-grade fantasy that will make you believe in magic!

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar . . . real?

Getting traipsed inside this story is like reawakening an old favourite movie similar like Narnia or The Bridge To Terabithia. But this book has its own twist that one couldn’t possibly expect it to go.

Honestly, reading this story about the twins, Arthur and Rose and their Land Of Roar makes me feel old. I couldn’t even remember when was the last time I ever experienced this kind of game. When I was younger, obviously I have played pretend before but it was never to this extent. The details that they’ve made up of the world, the languages, the characters in it and their superpowers shows that it couldn’t possibly ignited by their imagination alone. And that’s what makes Roar feel real and too good to be true.

I find the pace to be just nice but the only thing that I have to dislike is that this book is way too childish for me. Also one of the reasons that I think I’m way too old for this but I hope that any middle graders out there who pick it up will rejoice in this world and go along on an adventure with the twins to save their grandfather, Roar and make them believe in it. Inevitably.

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