Marabel and the Book of Fate

Marabel and the Book of Fate

Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother--and their kingdom.In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given e...

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Title:Marabel and the Book of Fate
Author:Tracy Barrett
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Edition Language:English

Marabel and the Book of Fate Reviews

  • Zayda (Babybibliophile)

    Find yourself lost within the pages of Tracy Barrett’s writing as you travel through dangerous lands and encounter all kinds of magical beasts and beings! Containing adventure, epic battles, bravery, and friendship; Marabel and The Book of Fate is an amazing read!

    In the kingdom of Magikos, the citizens follow the text of the Book of Fate, an ancient volume filled with sayings and predictions of the future. According to the Book of Fate, once the Chosen One is born, peace and luck shall befall u

    Find yourself lost within the pages of Tracy Barrett’s writing as you travel through dangerous lands and encounter all kinds of magical beasts and beings! Containing adventure, epic battles, bravery, and friendship; Marabel and The Book of Fate is an amazing read!

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    In the kingdom of Magikos, the citizens follow the text of the Book of Fate, an ancient volume filled with sayings and predictions of the future. According to the Book of Fate, once the Chosen One is born, peace and luck shall befall upon Magikos. Evil lurks and when the Chosen One is kidnapped, Marabel secretly embarks on a journey to save him. With help from her best friend, she faces her worst fears and discovers what it takes to truly have courage.

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    Little Brown Young Readers sent me an advanced copy of Marabel and The Book of Fate for my honest review. It is available through preorder and the release date is February 6! This is a middle grade book for ages 9-12 but I believe ages 8-adult will love this book! I honestly loved this story so much, it had everything that I crave in a book. I love how the author somehow blended the modern world, with the medieval world. I am also particularly fond of how she included almost all of my favorite fictional beasts and magical creatures. The story seemed so real that I thought about stalling because I didn’t want it to end. Marabel and the Book of Fate is the perfect read for fans of daring, courageous, adventures. I easily give this book 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Julie Carpenter

    A princess, magic, a best friend, a talking unicorn (who is quite funny and easily distracted), an invisible wall, a feuding aunt, goblins, ogres, giants, The Book of Fate, wizards, secret passage way, caves, dungeons, a wooden sword, siblings, fun and adventure.

    I have a household of fantasy lovers and book readers and this is one that I am excited to share with them all. I think many young girls (boys too) will enjoy reading about the adventure of princess Marabel and her friend Ellie as they

    A princess, magic, a best friend, a talking unicorn (who is quite funny and easily distracted), an invisible wall, a feuding aunt, goblins, ogres, giants, The Book of Fate, wizards, secret passage way, caves, dungeons, a wooden sword, siblings, fun and adventure.

    I have a household of fantasy lovers and book readers and this is one that I am excited to share with them all. I think many young girls (boys too) will enjoy reading about the adventure of princess Marabel and her friend Ellie as they set out to rescue Marco, Marabel's twin brother.

    In a kingdom almost afraid of magic (maybe saying overly cautious would be better) and committed to following the Book of Fate, Marabel finds herself to be almost invisible. Her brother is the prophesied Chosen One that everyone has talked about and she's just the twin who was born after him. She secretly trains with old Lucius and learns to sword fight and protect herself. But what if she could train with her parents' support? Life is good, but it's sometimes hard being a princess and one that isn't well liked by neighboring kingdom's princess'. But she loves her brother and he loves her. He's good at making sure she's noticed. Even with the invisibility, her life is still happy and good.

    When their 13th birthday celebration arrives, Marco is taken hostage by their aunt and a wizard. If their father doesn't act quickly, aunt Mab will turn Marco into a frog or a snake. When King Matthew consults the Book of Fate, they are told to wait and everything will work out fine. But Marabel can't just let their aunt steal her brother and threaten him. She's not going to sit around hoping everything will work out. Armed with her wooden sword, her best friend and the king's unicorn (who just happened to see them secretly leaving), this trio will encounter many adventures, struggles, joys and surprises along their way to rescue Marco.

    What they discover is more than what they ever thought or bargained for. And just might be the first step to healing a kingdom and saving the day.

    This was a fun middle grade book about friendship, stepping out of comfort zones, being courageous even when it's scary and hard, paying attention, using the gifts and talents we have, trusting ourselves, being kind and understanding and much, much more. I think this will be a fun fantasy book that will appeal to younger readers. I had fun seeing what would happen next in the rescue adventure. Even though Marabel is a princess and the main character, this is geared towards any reader, male or female. This is not just a fluffy princess story type read. This would be a really fun audiobook if done with a great narrator who does voices and sound affects. I think it would be a well listened to story with my family.

    Dive into the adventure of Marabel and discover who you are along with Marabel's discovery of herself, her kingdom, her friends and her family.

    Content: Clean

    I received a copy from the publisher, Little, Brown books for young readers, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net

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    I basically cannot resist a Middle Grade story with an interesting sounding fantasy premise and a beautiful cover. When I came across this browsing Netgalley, I knew I had to request it and was pleasantly surprised to find myself approved.

    is a wonderful contemporary fantasy fairy tale for kids eager to break into worlds other than their own.

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    I basically cannot resist a Middle Grade story with an interesting sounding fantasy premise and a beautiful cover. When I came across this browsing Netgalley, I knew I had to request it and was pleasantly surprised to find myself approved.

    is a wonderful contemporary fantasy fairy tale for kids eager to break into worlds other than their own.

    - the one that their Book of Fate heralds as the future ruler of prophecy. Her life is turned upside down though, when Marco is kidnapped on the eve of their 13th birthday.

    Unable to leave Marco to an uncertain fate with no intervention, Marabel takes it upon herself to rescue him, and sets off on an epic journey with her best friend Ellie, and her father's Unicorn, Floriano.

    I've got to say that I truly enjoy that little twist in the "Chosen One" narrative that Tracy Barrett employs at least at the start of the story.

    Still, this is a hero's journey at its heart and Marabel quickly establishes herself as a character you want to root for. She's loyal to her brother, family and friends, and very motivated to reach her goals.

    The setting is quite a bit of fun too!

    One thing that is great about this story is the way that Barrett incorporates a lot of very modern pop culture references (Minecraft for example, becomes Impcraft) that I'm certain children being raised today will get a real kick out of it.

    My main qualm with this book lies in the fact that it felt a little underwritten for Middle Grade. 13 years olds are teenagers. Many teens by that age have read Harry Potter or watched Doctor Who, and a bunch of them have probably already seen their fair share of PG and PG13 movies.

    The story seemed to shy away from any potentially scary moment in a way that I think will probably rub young teens wrong, and isn't exactly true to any of the classic mythology around many of the fantasy creatures portrayed here.

    They'd encounter one fairytale creature, solve a small dilemma, and then move on to the next. Rinse, and repeat. I think this could have used a dash of real danger, especially near the end and it could have been truly epic. Without it, the plot arc feels like it's missing something.

    Still, it was an enjoyable story and I'd not mind reading another book by Tracy Barrett one day! Perfect for young readers eager to jump into fantasy.

  • Gaele

    Marabel and her twin, Marco are the eldest children of the King of Magikos: but while Marco is seen as the “chosen one” as predicted by the Book of Fate, she is almost universally ignored. Not pretty, not girlish, not even particularly friendly with the princesses from other lands, Marabel thrives on her fencing lessons with Old Lucius, her time with her best friend and ladies maid Elle, and wondering just why she’s got no apparent role.

    But when on their thirteenth birthday celebration Marco is

    Marabel and her twin, Marco are the eldest children of the King of Magikos: but while Marco is seen as the “chosen one” as predicted by the Book of Fate, she is almost universally ignored. Not pretty, not girlish, not even particularly friendly with the princesses from other lands, Marabel thrives on her fencing lessons with Old Lucius, her time with her best friend and ladies maid Elle, and wondering just why she’s got no apparent role.

    But when on their thirteenth birthday celebration Marco is kidnapped by Marabel’s exiled Aunt, Mab, and the kingdom is given 13 days to make peace or face war, Marabel is determined to rescue her brother and end the chance of conflict. Aided by her best friend Elle and Floriano – a snarky talking unicorn, the three set off on an adventure to cross the wall that separates their kingdom, dividing the non-magical lands that Marabel’s father rules from the Barrens – a land to which all magical creatures (but for a few in the zoos) have been banished.

    Clever, fun and completely engaging – I think that Barrett managed to balance that wondrous magical sense with plenty of references to many different and familiar fairy tales, adding instances of today’s technology (Flitter, Game-Boy like games, etc.), and keeping the adventure and dangers clearly available. With a solid sense of ‘doing what needs be done’ even when scared, Marabel’s consistent determination and worry about her brother, and her honest interest in all of the magical creatures that they meet along the way, the story reads quickly and keeps readers interested. Plenty of self-discovery as the story continues: finding the will to move on, recognizing all of the challenges met and conquered, and a true ability to listen and bring agreement between parties that seem at odds all show Marabel at her best, defying the lack of recognition and esteem she holds at home. A great title for grades 5 – 7, when something just fun and unique with references that feel familiar is just what is needed.

    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Juli

    Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco. Marco....The Chosen One....the one the prophesies all say the kingdom has been waiting 1000 years for. It's a bit hard to stand out in the crowd when your twin is destined to be the answer to everything. Most days nobody in Magikos even notices her. That makes it much easier to sneak in fencing lessons in the old tower and do other unladylike, fun things. But, one day adventure finally finds Marabel.....and her life will never be the

    Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco. Marco....The Chosen One....the one the prophesies all say the kingdom has been waiting 1000 years for. It's a bit hard to stand out in the crowd when your twin is destined to be the answer to everything. Most days nobody in Magikos even notices her. That makes it much easier to sneak in fencing lessons in the old tower and do other unladylike, fun things. But, one day adventure finally finds Marabel.....and her life will never be the same!

    This is such a magical, wonderful story! Marabel doubts herself at first but discovers friendship, courage, and a dash of wisdom on her adventurous journey. She learns that oftentimes people misjudge those who are different from themselves. She also learns about negotiation, teamwork and the true value of friendship and trust. Awesome middle grade book! Ogres, dragons, fairies, wizards, gnomes.....it has a little bit of everything, plus a lot of humor. Everything is middle grade age appropriate. There is some allegory to current social and political issues, but nothing too over the top. Just a nice lesson in not judging others by looks or culture, and that fighting is not always the correct answer to a problem. True advice.

    I don't usually comment on other reviews I have read, but I'm going to this time. This book was written for children. The book is intended for a middle grade audience. Many reviews for this book are from adults complaining about the humor, character development, lack of hard hitting emotion, etc I'm going to say this again: THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN. This is not an adult book....or even a YA book. It is a fantasy story with a nice moral lesson for CHILDREN, and should be reviewed as such. I don't have a problem with adults, reviewers or anyone reading children's literature -- I love reading children's books myself and I'm a grandparent! But -- always keep in mind that the book is not written for adults, 20-somethings, or anyone older than 14 in mind. It's a children's story -- read it, enjoy it and review it for that audience. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don't review a children's story like it is an adult or YA story. **Off my soapbox now**

    I loved this book! I'm going to purchase a copy for my granddaughter to enjoy. It's an often humorous fantasy romp through a magical land....with a dragon, WizFi, a talking unicorn and lots more....and a nice moral lesson weaved in with it all.

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Little Brown Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Lizzy

    Fun and funny this is a fantasy that is a great read alike for Land of Stories.

  • Karine Darnessy

    Me voici de retour avec ce petit livre jeunesse qui sort bientôt chez nous.

    Nous suivons Marabel qui doit faire fasse à l'enlèvement de "L'Elu" son frère jumeau Marco. Elle ne supporte pas l'inaction de ses proches qui croient et se reposent trop sur le livre du destin, un livre qui au final reste vague dans ces soit-disant réponses. Elle décide donc de porter secours à son frère avec l'aide de son amie Ellie et "le" Licorne Floriano qui s'ennuie dans sa stalle.

    Déjà, la première chose qui m'a p

    Me voici de retour avec ce petit livre jeunesse qui sort bientôt chez nous.

    Nous suivons Marabel qui doit faire fasse à l'enlèvement de "L'Elu" son frère jumeau Marco. Elle ne supporte pas l'inaction de ses proches qui croient et se reposent trop sur le livre du destin, un livre qui au final reste vague dans ces soit-disant réponses. Elle décide donc de porter secours à son frère avec l'aide de son amie Ellie et "le" Licorne Floriano qui s'ennuie dans sa stalle.

    Déjà, la première chose qui m'a plu c'est que c'est une héroïne qui est le preux chevalier qui ait sous-estimé par sa famille qui en a que pour Marco, l'élu d'après le fameux livre du destin. Elle a beau être relégué à la princesse potiche, Marabel décide de se bouger et de passer à l'action. Deuxième point qui m'a plu, Floriano, mon dieu, une licorne pareille tu essaie de la semer. Tout au long de l'histoire ces interventions sont mémorables. Mais pas que, toute l'histoire est ponctué d'humour et d'aventure.

    Concernant l'histoire en elle-même, c'est du jeunesse donc, il n'y a pas de violence, c'est orienté compromis, discussions. C'est pas mal pour apprendre la tolérance et une forme de réflexion sur les actes et les conséquences de décisions prises sous la colère peuvent engendrer.

    Pour conclure, c'est un livre divertissant qui plaira à tout le monde avec son univers fantasy et ces références à notre monde et à certains contes.

  • Joan

    This was nicely done and had some scenes where I was chuckling, such as the wizfi password. A lot of the humor seemed meant more for adults than kids. It tried a bit too hard to be politically correct, right down to ending up with no bad guys, although you think throughout that there is a bad guy. Actually, that isn't completely correct but it is in essence. Marabel has always been ignored because her twin is The Chosen One, which Marabel also believed and was fine with since her twin was such a

    This was nicely done and had some scenes where I was chuckling, such as the wizfi password. A lot of the humor seemed meant more for adults than kids. It tried a bit too hard to be politically correct, right down to ending up with no bad guys, although you think throughout that there is a bad guy. Actually, that isn't completely correct but it is in essence. Marabel has always been ignored because her twin is The Chosen One, which Marabel also believed and was fine with since her twin was such a nice guy. Is he really The Chosen One? Marabel finds reason to doubt that as the story goes on. She also discovers that a lot of "facts" she had learned in school might be dubious, such as the existence of the Evils (magical creatures such as ogres, etc.) being, well, evil. I enjoyed this. It would be good for fantasy fanatics, or as fiction during Women's History Month. While not excellent, it was fine.

  • Christine

    I was excited about this book, when I heard about it. I wanted to like it, I really did. There were some good parts, but I had a hard time really getting into this story. I wouldn’t tell a kid not to read it, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, either. Some of the problems that Marabel faces can be entertaining, some were a bit ridiculous and not really necessary for moving the story forward. The technological parallels between our world and Magikos seemed out of place. I am not a fan of st

    I was excited about this book, when I heard about it. I wanted to like it, I really did. There were some good parts, but I had a hard time really getting into this story. I wouldn’t tell a kid not to read it, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, either. Some of the problems that Marabel faces can be entertaining, some were a bit ridiculous and not really necessary for moving the story forward. The technological parallels between our world and Magikos seemed out of place. I am not a fan of stories like this where nobody is really evil, just misunderstood, but I can understand why others might like a story line like this. I also did not like the convenient ending of the story.

    *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

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