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The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon #1) by Patrick Carman (1 star ratings)

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Return to Book Page. Twelve-year-old Alexa Daley is spending another summer in Bridewell with her father. She looks forward to exploring the old lodge where she stays each year, with its cozy library and maze of passages and rooms. Armed with an unexpected new power, Alexa exposes a danger that could destroy everything she holds dear — and change The Land of Elyon forever.

Published January 24th by Brilliance Audio first published August The Land of Elyon 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dark Hills Divideplease sign up. I am supposed to make a gameboard based on this story and its due Wednesday I need help!!! Can someone who has read this book and reach out to me for more details?

Hailey Duran No wait its due This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why is there no illustrator in this book? Hailey Duran Because there is no pictures or because the illustrator is the same person. See all 7 questions about The Dark Hills Divide…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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I was hoping that this would be a series I could recommend to voracious middle-grade fantasy readers, but no such luck. There are the seeds of a good story here, with at least one good character and the possibility of a suspenseful plot. As it stands, though, they are overwhelmed by vast info-dump and the feeling that it doesn’t matter if anything the characters do is something a real, sane person would do – if the author needs it to happen, it’s going to happen regardless of how many WTFs it in I was hoping that this would be a series I could recommend to voracious middle-grade fantasy readers, but no such luck.

As it stands, though, they are overwhelmed by vast info-dump and the feeling that it doesn’t matter if anything the characters do is something a real, sane person would do – if the author needs it to happen, it’s going to happen regardless of how many WTFs it induces. There are bad guys who are inexplicably and suddenly bad for no reason.

There’s a traitor who seems for all practical purposes to be better off staying on the good side, if only for selfish gain, but who turns traitor anyway. And in one small example of total huhthere’s a library book about Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, the Spanish explorer, in an otherwise totally fictional world. But a the story in the book has nothing to do with the real Cabeza de Vaca, and b throughout, the main character calls him “Cabeza,” as if that were his first name.


I read it all the way through, mostly to see what on earth else could happen. I hope Carman hits his stride in the other books in the series, and his ideas have a better chance to come out in the clear. View all 3 comments.

I don’t even know where to begin I didn’t like the book. I actually gave up on finishing it a few times, but I’d read so much of it already that it didn’t feel right to just abandon the story. I picked it up again last week, and today I finally finished it.

You know, I’m actually a little disappointed, because Patrick Carman’s writing when it comes down to describing nature and architecture is really good and vivid, but the plot and character development were a huge mess.

Some of the reasons I don’t even know where to begin Some of the reasons why I’m giving the book one star. She’s supposed to be twelve, but throughout the whole book she sounded like a middle-aged man to me.

Some kids can be very formal, true, but Alexa at times just didn’t sound like a real person at all. She was a character in a book. And I hate it when I read a book and see only words, as opposed to a person coming through the narrative. Think of Harry Potter, for example. As a kid and still as an adult I could almost believe he was a real wizard boy out there in the world. Alexa to me felt like nothing more than ink on paper.

Where are the women in this book? Her mother is nothing more than a stilted voice in a letter. Warvold’s wife is dead. The only woman we see is a cook who shows up holding a sauce pan. The scenes where Alexa admires the men in her life her father and his co-workers were cheesy and made her sound, again, like a middle-aged man.

She watches them smoke and discuss politics.

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I could almost hear Rose Titanic saying: He said that when he was a little boy he wore shorts and wanted to wear pants one day. Alexa admires these men’s meetings, and there’s always a hint in the narrative that elyonoa day she’ll be one of them. Alexa mentioned in the book once that she was afraid he’d come into her room in the middle of the night to go through her things.

Pervis once asked her whether she ever had kissed a boy before.

I cringed every time I read their interactions, because I got the feeling the author didn’t mean to make Pervis sound like a pervert, which then made me think that either the author doesn’t understand what it means to write from a girl’s perspective, or perhaps Alexa just wasn’t a girl at all, she was a middle-aged man in disguise.

He’s called Yipes after a mythical creature. When he first appears in the story, he was described in such a manner that made me eltonova at first that he was a gnome or a leprechaun. My jaw dropped when I realized he was a man. He’s picked up and hugged and swirled around many times like an animal. I was appalled, and, yet again I don’t think the author realized how offensive it all sounded, even though Yipes was one of Alexa’s friends.

They’re called stupid, vile, lazy, and whatnot. They were branded, forced into hard labor to build a stupid WALL, and then they’re sent back to a crowded prison, and then they’re released into the wild, and then they live and die underground, and all they want is a chance to get in the walled city to live normal lives–instead, they’re beaten the MC, in fact, inflicts pain on a coupleand traded like cattle between cities, and in the end the few who survived are “rehabilitated”.


I was rooting for them. My list just goes on an on. Elynova know some people like this book, but it offered me such a disheartening experience that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I really wanted to like this book.

I just couldn’t get over the fact that the protagonist was the only female with a speaking role in the entire book Then, when I saw that this was written specifically for the author’s two daughters I was confused. Why would any father present so many creepy male characters including the protagonist’s father in a tale aimed at girls.

There was no empowering sense of girls being able to “overcome”, either. I hope the series got better but I really wanted to like this book. I hope the series got better but I haven’t any interest in finding out for myself. I read from Patrick Zej in 39 Clues and I liked this work.

I just figured out that Pulse was his book now when I checked his works. I didn’t finish the book, which rarely happens at all. Honestly, not the best fantasy books out there.

I just borrowed this book from the library in early October, thought it was a good book but wasn’t. The thing is that It was just like I was reading wordsnot imagining the story. I ended up finishing it, said “Meh, I’ve read better”, but then decided it wouldn’t hurt to read Beyond the Valley of Thorns, but ended up being even more boring than the first!

Ze, wouldn’t really recommend this book. If you have this book get rid of it. I sem even finish it. This is the worst book I have ever read and that’s saying something because I’ve read the bronze bow.

I usually love pretty much every book but this was a horrible book. View all 4 comments. Unfortunately this was one of those instances that did not happen.

I like to read multiple books at once, to keep my ADD at bay. I decided to pick up this small easy to read novel whilst I read The Night Circus. I knew I was done with this book zfm I got halfway through and couldn’t bare to pick it up again. I am an upcoming Middle Grades teacher so I not only read for myself but also my future eltonova. I had purchased book “If I keep reading, maybe it will get better,” I kept telling myself.

I had purchased book 1 and 2 of Elyon at a used book store after hearing mixed reviews. A friend of mine loves the series. The story started slow and I had to force my way through it.

When the rising action began I realized there wasn’t much rising at all