Hollow Earth by Carol E. Borrowman and John Barrowman.Book description: Imagination matters most in a world where art can keep monsters trapped—or set them free.Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought after, particularly by a secret group who want to access the terrors called Hollow Earth. All the demons, devils, and evil creatures ever imagined are trapped for eternity in the world of Hollow Earth—trapped unless special powers release them.
The twins flee from London to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in hopes of escaping their pursuers and gaining the protection of their grandfather, who has powers of his own. But the villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within. With so much at stake, nowhere is safe—and survival might be a fantasy. (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:There was one bad word, some violence and creepy things. Killing, injuries, and being able to animate things.
Thoughts:I picked up this book because the cover and front flap interested me. When I got around to reading it the first few chapters almost made me put the book down. Why? Because they were confusing and made hardly any sense at all! After maybe a dozen or more chapters everything started clearing out.
The story is that two children, Em and Matt, who are twins have amazing abilities that have never existed before. A Guardian and an Animare had children, which had been forbidden. Matt and Em are the results. They can animate their drawings at a remarkably young age and with great power! Each one is unique and unlike anything the other Guardians and Animares have seen. The rest of the Animares and Guardians are divided about what to do with them. Some think they should be bound and their power taken away. Some think that they are just children who should be given a chance. While their future is being decided the children escaped capture and are staying with their Grandfather now. Who is teaching them about who they are and why they have these powers.
The idea is a good one and, with the exception of the beginning, the plot is interesting and pretty complex. The ending was really good, interesting and exciting! I really liked the idea of Animares animating things like paintings and drawings with their imagination. It's a pretty cool idea :) Overall, I liked the story and everything once it got going. And the ending was great :) Not the best book I've read and that may partly be because it's a middle grade book but whatever. I would recommend to tweens who enjoy adventure and fantasy!
Characters:The characters were interesting although a few did bug me and at first I couldn't get a good feel of how old the twins were. At the first third or so maybe, they sounded maybe 10. Then as it got around the halfway mark they "aged up". There was Zach who was a cool character who was deaf. And Em was sweet. Matt was a bit annoying and Simon (Zach's dad) was a great Guardian.
Cover:I like it. I like the window behind them and the font for the title.