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REVIEW: 100 Cupboards (Book 1 of 100 Cupboards) by N. D. Wilson

 100 Cupboards
Author: N. D. Wilson
Kindle edition
Challenges: 50 States, Mount TBR

Goodreads Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.

100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilson’s inimitable style.

This was a quick, enjoyable YA read.  There is definitely enough mystery to propel the reader forward to learn more.  And as any good opening to a series would have it, enough mystery to make you want to read the next installment to learn more.  Who exactly are Henry’s parents?  What is the connection to the cupboards?  And a few other questions I can’t write without giving away some of the ending.

Of course, in order for it to be a good story, there is the good versus evil element.  The evil is personified in a rather scary kind of woman, but not so scary that kids would be turned off from it.  Maybe it could be something parents could scope out first, depending on how young their child is (and how active the child’s imagination may be).

All in all, a cute story and I’ll probably read the next in the series…most likely I’ll see if I can get it from the library instead of buying them on my Kindle.



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