Volume 1

Non-Fiction - Hobby
78 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

MeiroKodo: Volume 1 is a collection of mazes and cipher puzzles for ages 7-adult created by Stephanie Quanel. Each maze in this collection unlocks the letter equivalent of one symbol. While the mazes contain several different symbols and possible routes each, only one route and symbol give the correct answer. Quanel had expert maze artists create each of these original puzzles. On her website, Quanel discusses how maze-solving and navigational skills generally are processed by the hippocampus area of the brain and how this type of puzzle can be useful in “developing and maintaining our cognitive ability of navigation and spatial memory.” After completing each of the mazes, the puzzler can then decipher the coded messages that are in the back of the book.

Stephanie Quanel’s collection of mazes and cipher puzzles, MeiroKodo: Volume 1, is an inventive and well-presented book that will provide puzzle fans with hours of frustration and delight. I love solving cryptograms and mazes, and found that my inclination to simply trace the answers visually did not work. While the author indicates that the mazes are of varying difficulty, I found those which I tried were complex and challenging, which is a very good thing for a puzzler fan. I also liked the added dimension of there being so many dead ends to the mazes -- this increased both my frustration level and my determination to get it right. I’m looking forward to solving each of the mazes and figuring out the coded message in the second part of the book. MeiroKodo: Volume 1 is highly recommended.