Quiznot by Russel Stoll: Book Review

Title: Quiznot
Author: Russel Stoll
Pages: 224 pages
Published: September 25th, 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Timothy Starr thought nothing of it: a brief encounter with a tourist in New York City asking for directions. But now, his emotions are linked to bizarre and destructive events in the physical world. When he seriously injures two classmates, Timothy finds himself in rural New Hampshire at the private Smithson school, which claims it can help students like him. 

Once he arrives at the remote campus, nothing is as normal as it appears. Except for a handful of sullen and reclusive students, the rest of the perfect student body is oblivious to the outside world and the faculty is barely interested in helping him. All anyone cares about is an annual field trip to search for a "quiznot" 

Timothy wants answers. But the last student who asked questions may have paid with his life. 

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** I was asked by the author to review this book. Everything is my opinion and, of course, honest ** 

In the world of YA fantasy book world we have books that are written with perfection, those that are somewhat confusing, to say the least, and those that are just downright poorly written. And if I read this book correctly, from cover to cover, I would have to say that this book falls between perfection and just poorly written work. It wasn't poorly written! I'm not saying that at all. Although it could have been more in depth on highlighting the plot and conflict sooner.

Timothy Starr has an almost perfect life, you could say. He has money, the perfect girlfriend, and a father who is equivalent to being a well-known politician. What people don't know particularly is that his mom is a tad bit psycho. And Timothy Starr is about to find out just how alike he is to his mother. He develops these strange "powers" that enable him to do freaky things.

Overall I liked the book as a whole. It isn't my go-to book for the genre of fantasy, but it wasn't bad either. A light read, honestly. I picked it up on one day and finished it on the same day. You can't go wrong with a 200 page fantasy novel. And surprisingly, the author was able to fit everything in 224 pages! If the author would've extended the book, I'm sure we would have been able to read more into the world of Timothy Starr. For that minuscule amount of pages I would have expected the author to pull us straight into the conflict and, but to my disappointment, we were not. It was definitely something different for me, as a fast-paced reader of high fantasy and paranormal romance. In this book, I was just "taking it slow".

A second installment. I knew there had to be some kind of sequel or novella following this book. It feels incomplete to me, and I'm glad there is going to be a second book. Maybe I can get some justice with this ending because right now, I feel so cold and lost (like a starving child).

This is a definitely a book worth checking out. I haven't gathered enough thoughts to compile in a final conclusion, but I did nod my head from time to time while reading this book. That's showing a good sign! The cover is also pretty amazing and something I'm proud to have in my bookshelf.


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  1. Wow it sounds pretty interesting, Alex! I love fantasy novels. I'm a little doubtful with wanting to read it, but I guess I'll give it a try! Thanks for the review :D :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

  2. This sounds pretty good and it's pretty short so that's good. I'm really excited to read this now!

    Great review, Alex! :D

    ~Carina @ myaddictionbooks.blogspot.com


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