Jo-Bri and the Two Worlds
by Rob Tobin;
Published by BookBaby; 1 edition (November 26, 2011)
Source: review copy
A teen wizard from a sword-and-sorcery world is chased by an evil sorcerer into modern day Montana. There he learns about sex, love, rock and roll, and the stress of trying to save two worlds from total destruction during summer break.
“Jo-Bri” follows in the tradition of entertaining social statement SFF novels like “Stranger in a Strange Land” and “Left Hand of Darkness,” but with the modern, fast-paced feel of urban fantasies like “Twilight” and “Jumper.”~ Bewitching Book Tours Blurb
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The premise of this novel was very interesting, I found the whole concept of the two worlds and the influence they have on one another intriguing. I wouldn’t say they were the epically discordant good versus evil sort of pair, but certainly Jo-Bri’s world was fairly medieval, more on the moral side of the fence, more righteous, while our world, modern-day Montana is the techy, sort of corrupt end of the specter. It’s a vision, and I like books with a vision.
There was a clear message in there, and I felt, I am sorry to say, often preached to rather then compelled to see things one way or the other. Knowing the contemporary world was to come, I kept wishing the Other world part of the story would be over with already, I was losing patience with it for some reason. Remember, I’m still in my fantasy/adventure phunk though. The fantasy world wasn’t in any way entertaining to me, it didn’t appeal to my curiosity, it didn’t elicit an emotional reaction.
The characters were nice, but again they felt too polarized. The fantasy world people seemed so good intentioned, and thoughtful, and morally composed without giving me a lot of individual feel, and the contemporary world was a little too small, though I will say the characters in it were vastly more charismatic and they came out way more natural.
The best developed voice all over was Melinda’s, and I liked her and invested myself in her part of the story up to a point. The insta-love(crush?) part, that was, even for a rush-lover like myself, too instant.
The writing tone was quite classical and monotonous for the fantasy world, that’s how it felt to me, and more entertaining and engaging in the other segment. For instance, I was really having fun with the whole toaster scene with Mel, Jo-Bri and Mel’s mom, the wholy s-it moment was hilarious, and if there would have been more of that light, humorous approach to the story I would have had a much stronger response to it.
All in all, I say if you like fantasy worlds and the adventurous journey type of scenario, then this might be fun for you.