- Title: The Society of Imaginary Friends
- Author: Kristen Pham
- ISBN: null
- Page: 102
- Format: Kindle Edition
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Librarian s Note Alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.Belief is a powerful magic Valerie Diaz has a power that she can t contain, and it s killing her Bounced between foster homes and the streets, she only has time to concentrate on staying alive But a visit from the imaginary friend of her childhood opens a world of possibilities, including a new life halfLibrarian s Note Alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.Belief is a powerful magic Valerie Diaz has a power that she can t contain, and it s killing her Bounced between foster homes and the streets, she only has time to concentrate on staying alive But a visit from the imaginary friend of her childhood opens a world of possibilities, including a new life half a universe away on a planet that is bursting with magic The Society of Imaginary Friends follows Valerie on a journey that straddles two worlds In order to survive, she must travel many light years away to a realm where anything is possible On the Globe, imaginary friends come to life, the last of the unicorns rules the realm, and magic seeps from the pores of all the Conjurors who live there But choosing to embrace her potential will set Valerie on a treacherous course one filled with true love, adventure and perilous danger.
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I'm pretty sure that most kids experience imaginary friends, from time to time. Especially us geeky types, who didn't have many real friends. You could always count on your imaginary friends to cheer you up. They would give you reasons not to kill yourself. Or at least, make you feel guilty enough not to do it. Because, they loved you. And even imaginary love is worth sticking around for.This book tells the story of imaginary friends that really do exist. I mean, they exist elsewhere, on another [...]
I had an imaginary tormentor. He was made up by my parents whenever we would go on holiday to Porta Pollensa. He was `The Vampire Man’. He lived in a house with round windows, and my parents told me that, if I didn’t behave, he’d feast on my blood. When I go there now, I still cross to the other side of the road to avoid that house. I’m a 27 year-old man. – By Toby Manhire In The InternautMy niece was around 6 years old but could talk really well. She grew quite fond of this imaginary [...]
I read this book on a recommendation from my husband. He raved over it. I'm not as impressed. Okay, so the various descriptions of magic, the world of magic, magic items, magic powers, diverse countries, etc. deserve recognition for their sheer variety as well as richness of imagery. But the story itself and the villains weren't nearly so imaginative.The heroine, a foster child with some powers has been hallucinating various people, both good and evil, for some time. Then one of the good ones te [...]
For all who felt a little lost after Harry Potter ended: Cheer up!! Now there is Valerie & her 'imaginary' friends! Wonderful, magical story. With lots of colourful characters. An adventurous story. You just want to keep reading! I can't wait to start part 2!Thank you very much, Kristen Pham, for sharing this!Update: I read this book 10-10-2014 and re-read it June 2015. It was still great, reading it for the second time. I'm glad that I can finish the whole series now. Thanks, Kristen!
I really enjoyed this book. I think this book has a lot of good points for me, suspense, drama, action, adventure, friendship, heroism and so much more. I don't remember having an imaginary friend when I was younger so I probably did not have one. But I should've because we could have gotten into sooo much trouble together. This was a great book for any age. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
3.5 starsThis is very much a YA novel, aimed- at my best guess- at ages 10-14, and probably mostly girls.I remember being that age, and the undercurrent of feeling misunderstood and unappreciated that went with it. This book revels in that, and in fantastic events proving that YES! You ARE that special!Honestly, this is a message that could be life-saving for kids in the agegroup that are in horrible circumstances, like our heroine is. The aspects of this novel that make it flawed from an adult [...]
2.5 stars, maybe 3, I really do not know. [disclaimer: This is based on a review copy provided by the author][disclaimer 2: Mild spoilers may be included, but nothing big or important is spoiled.]This is a review of the series as a whole, mostly the first book though, but the issues I have carry through the entire series.Where do I begin…This series is a mess, it's poorly plotted, the magic system is terribly designed and there are so many things I dislike about it, yet I still cannot get myse [...]
The first book in the Conjurers series, The Society of Imaginary Friends is the story of Valerie, a young girl bounced around from foster home to foster home. Valerie has always seen people that weren’t there. Some like Cyrus became her best friend, even if he was imaginary. Others like the red haired Sanguina and the man with the yellow eyes, tormented her forcing her to leave foster homes even though they were only imaginary. Or were they? Valerie soon learns that her “imaginary” friends [...]
Into the Dark by Kristen Pham is a refreshing entry that stands out amongst the overly saturated genre of Young Adult Fantasy novels today. Her protagonist, Valerie Diaz, is an emotionally abused orphan who has already had her fair share of tribulations spanning her young 14 years of life. Where the cliche "unwanted hero saves the world" prototype could fall flat elsewhere, Pham expertly illustrates Valerie's motives and inner-struggles in a way that proves believable and honest. Valerie's time [...]
I received a copy of The society of Imaginary Friends by Kristen Pham for an honest review. Well, I can’t say this was my favorite book ever…but I’m not 12 years old either. I think this is a well thought out, well written story that will really resonate with young teens. The entire box set of the Conjurors would make a wonderful gift and a terrific summer series. If I were 14, I would never put this down, but I am a grandmother and the way the children talk to each other is too immature f [...]
This was quite a fanciful, original novel. A fantasy journey with many different locale & characters. The Globe was like a fantastic dream world. The characters had such unique and interesting concepts and abilities! (I loved the idea of Cyrus' power!) The author is definitely overflowing with creativity! There were some nice plot twists I didn't see coming. The villains' motivation and goals weren't transparent; and though there are quite a few unanswered questions, I'm sure future books wi [...]
I forgot how fun fantasy could be!This book started out fairly mediocre to me. It opens with the usual cliche YA premise of a teenager who discovers they are special in some way, and the writing style was pretty simple. However, the characters quickly grew on me, and I started to really love the world the author created. It does take a while for this book to pick up, but by the second half I was engrossed in the classic fantasy and wonder of this magical world hidden from Earth.I respect that th [...]
Into The Dark has a very interesting and unique plot unlike no other.It is cool that Kristen has used the Pyramid as a launch chamber, just waiting for the last person to use it.I didn't really like the starting at first because it doesn't really make sense but throughout the story, Valerie, the main character, started to grow and sounded more mature.It was definitely cool that if Valerie uses magic on Earth, her life span is considerably short as hellD, having to live in another planet which is [...]
I received a copy of this book for review. I absolutely loved this. I wish I had read it when I was younger because it's the perfect YA fantasy book (at least for me). There wasn't too much exposition, and it got right into the story. The pacing was great, I was never bored or skipping paragraphs or anything. The descriptions of the Globe, which is the magical world, were so cool and everything you would have imagined if you went to an actual magical place. I also liked how she slipped in people [...]
Overal rating: 3.5 stars.I hovered between giving this four stars, but it just didn't quite make it. I felt like there was something missing from this read, but I can't quite place what that is. Apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It started off a little slow for my liking, I didn't really connect with Valerie early on, it took a little while for me to really get into the story and not want to stop reading. That happened once I started getting toward the end of the story.I don't want [...]
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In no way does this affect either my rating or my review. I really enjoyed this book. I thought that I would when I first started it but I didn't realize how much. Valerie was a great character. She was strong, brave and very caring. Despite her violent tendencies (which is actually built-up magic; read the book) she always had so much love and kindness and patient for people, especially children. Valerie was great. I think that th [...]
By Momma on May 17, 2013Into the Dark by Kristen Pham This is a cool young adult fantasy. It is slow at the beginning, but rewards the reader that hangs on. The characters are well-drawn and most have dimension and purpose. This book is absolutely geared towards middle grade and Y/A, perhaps one of the reasons I found the dialogue slow at the beginning.Valerie was very sympathetic and easy to like and feel for. She did develop dimension as did Cyrus! The villains were also well written and their [...]
This was a very good read, you can get a real feel for the main character, Valerie, especially her fears and sorrows. Not that the book is all doom and gloom but it's more realistic than some fantasy books.The concept was a nice twist of separated realms. I think the secondary characters are nicely fleshed out for other plotlines in future books.The only thing I have a slight problem with, is the "epilogue" , they are supposed to tie up any loose ends, not be a teaser for the next book. Not sayi [...]
Valerie is an orphan. She has 'episodes'. The medical community classified her as schizophrenic but what they don't know is that she was born with magical powers that is busy killing her. Her best friend Cyrus who she thinks is an imaginary friend turns out to be real. She must find her way to the Globe, a planet created for magical beings or die. The only problem is that the Globe is somewhere in space. Will she find her way there or will the evil Fractose stop her. Together with Thai an earth [...]
The Society of Imaginary Friends is intriguing from the beginning to the end. This story takes awhile to heat up, but when it does it's great. I thought the characters were all well-rounded and unique. This was a very different take on the YA genre, usually the heroine is perfect and clambering to have everyone's attention, but this wasn't the case. Our heroine is an abused orphan just trying to find a home and learn to live without being branded crazy. In the end, she finds out what her purpose [...]
Full of imagination, grit and the will to keep going despite danger and sharp turns ahead. Valerie, an ordinary girl who finds out she's anything but, is taken on an adventure she never saw coming. What I love about her is that she's determined and has spunk, even when things are very grim indeed. With clever, original world-building, and characters to love, INTO THE DARK is a great read for anyone looking for a younger YA fantasy.
If you are looking for one of those books that with the twists and turns you can't put it downen you have found it! I stayed up until 3am reading this book, every time I went to close it I couldn't. This is definitely an author I will be looking for in the future.I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via StoryCartel.
Ever wondered if your imaginary friends had a place to go after they left you? Do they visit you for a reason even after you grow up? Maybe it is because they know you are special and they need you as much as you need themThis was an amazing bookIt was written for young adults and I'm far from youngbut I couldn't put it down
This is a book with a lot of potential, and I am curious to see where it goes from here. The plot line was interesting and unique, although I wish there were moments it was more flushed out. As it is, sometimes I got a little lost in the plot--like when a CD skipped on a track you were really enjoying. Other than that, if you're looking for an easy, escapist read, this one will do the trick.
More appropriate for 8th graders I like the YA genre, yet found the writing style of this novel too young - perhaps more appropriate for those in middle school. It started out great and the dialogue quickly turned me off from the novel. I didn't finish it.
I really enjoyed this book and it was a quick and easy read. Good characters and believable plot line. I just wish that there was a little more background information on some characters.
I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. I'll have to look for the next one.
Woah what to say about this series, there were some issues with the earlier books including the excessive repetitiveness of Valerie's feelings but I still loved it! The writing got significantly better as the books went on and I am very impressed at the author's imagination.I really liked all the characters and the fact that the heroes and villains aren't stereo-typically good and bad but complex. I also really liked the world and the romance although (view spoiler)[I really thought that Valerie [...]
This was solidly written with enough going on to make it quick to read. I appreciated that Pham explores the diversity of the characters' ethnicities, culture, class, family structures, physical and emotional features but doesn't hit the reader over the head with moralizing.The Society of Imaginary Friends was a good start to a series I look forward to reading.
A good story full of magic and adventure for the younger YA readers.
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