Update on ARC AUGUST:
Title: The Ifs
Author: J.D Pooker
Summary: Landon and Broden are brothers. Sometimes they get along. Well, sometimes they don’t. But when they find out who’s behind the weird happenings in their house, they are called to battle.
Battle? Whoa. Not just one of their fun play-battles either, but a real battle in the forest with the most unusual of creatures and the wildest of animals. Can the brothers pull together when they need each other most?
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 of 5)
My Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly? I liked it. It’s definitely a children’s book, and one I’m sure younger children would enjoy even more then I did, but I still really liked it.
I found The Ifs to be in the style of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Swordbird, or a younger version of Fablehaven. I know, I know. I just compared books, which I absolutely hate doing, but since this is a fairly unknown book, I decided to give y’all a few examples of similar books. The writing style was fun and resourceful, though it did take a bit of getting used to. The characters were well-thought out, and I didn’t (as I have in some other multiple POV books) ever mix up which brother was which, or who was talking, which is quite a feat for me.
The story jumped around a bit, but merely for the purpose of switching POV’s, and I think that not only was it handled quite well, but I found myself really enjoying it, and being pulled in even more by the flashbacks and such. The concept of “Ifs” , little people about 6 inches tall with whole cities and farms hidden under and above ground in local forests, is just so fascinating to me, and something I’ve always loved; This book brought back a lot of memories of my childhood. The plot was well-developed and exciting, though it did take about 60 pages to truly pick up speed. All in all, it was a fantastic book, that I really loved.
Content Advisory: Some violence. Death threats made to children. Children injure wild dogs and tiny people, in battle. No actual deaths.
To Sum it Up: Though not my all-time favorite book, it probably ranks among my favorite children’s fantasy adventure books. I’m sure my younger sister would absolutely LOVE it, and I’m looking forward to reading it to her. A fun and thought-provoking fantasy story, with great morals, life lessons, and lots of adventure, The Ifs is a thoroughly enjoyable quick read for younger audiences. Personally, I think this would be a fantastic read-aloud for a young family. J.D. Pooker has a lot of talent, and I’m really looking forward to reading her YA books written under the pseudonym “Pembroke Sinclair”. I recommend this book to ages 6+.
Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?
Author Q&A with J.D. Pooker: