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The Star Catcher series prior to this latest installment was really charming and loveable. Aimed at a younger audience and taking place in the nineteenth century, it was unique and stood in contrast to the various Harry Potter knock-off series that dot the landscape. It was beautifully narrated to boot.
This new Star Catcher book modernizes, Americanizes, Disney-fies, young-adult-ifies, and commercialises the series. The story is brought into the present day, shifted to the United States, replanted in Disneyworld, recast with teens and a twenty-something, and now makes frequent references to modern, brand-name goods and services.
I'm disappointed. Reading this new book felt exactly the same as reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I imagine the authors are trying to cater to their aging (teen-aging) and primarily American audience and hoping for a movie deal with Disney and some product placement lucre from Apple, Google, Starbuck's, etc. Fair enough, but the series no longer seems special, at least to me.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Still a very fun, fast paced book. I really liked it. I so loved the first three and Jim Dale that it was a little hard to get used to a different narrator. I still highly recommend this book and this series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful