Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jack and the Fountain of Youth by H.L. Carpenter

Title:  Jack and the Fountain of Youth
Author:  H.L. Carpenter
Published:  September 3rd 2013 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Length:  109pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  teen/YA fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas is eighteen years old. At least, that’s what he tells everyone. He doesn't like to lie. But he has to, because he celebrated his real eighteenth birthday five centuries ago.

Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack knows better. He drank from the fabled fuente in 1513. Over the five hundred years since, he’s given up believing his life will ever again be normal–and that he’ll ever rediscover the magical spring. But when he learns the Fountain is located on the property of Nessa Owens, Jack takes up the search once more. And when Nessa captures his heart, his quest acquires new urgency.

Caught in the midst of a hurricane, surrounded by centuries-old memories and present day mysteries, Jack must risk all for a future with Nessa.

Will love prove more powerful than the enchanted waters of the Fountain of Youth?


This extremely well written novella really draws you in from the get-go. The writing style is very approachable and the storyline itself is intriguing to the point that you can’t let go. It is action packed while remaining approachable to younger readers. The author neither talks down to their audience nor do they attempt to use vocabulary directed at a scholarly audience. They simply tell a captivating tale in a very appealing manner. It’s a story that makes you think, dream, and feel all at the same time.

The characters in this story definitely made me giggle. At the beginning, it was almost a comedy of errors, everyone being someone else and passing by who they were looking for. The characters themselves were also quite intriguingly developed. Their characteristics are revealed gradually, allowing you to get to know them through their actions rather than simply through description.

The author melds history with the present, and mythology with reality in this brilliant tale that is a great read for those of all ages. The more I read from this team, the more I enjoy them.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your review of our book, Jonel! We really appreciate it!