Read from February 7th-15th, 2017.
Synopsis: Ellie and Savannah Senka, fourteen year old twins, ran away from their unhappy homes, thinking they’d return after a brief adventure. Together, they journey to another world. The new world is full of magic, but though it was once beautiful, it is damaged, unbalanced, and dangerous after a terrible storm. Ellie and Savannah may be the only ones with the power to restore the world to its original state, for the magic of twins is rare and powerful. The girls are welcomed into a grand mansion, the safest place in the aftermath of the storm. There, they learn who they are, and what they have to do. To restore the world, they must travel through the mansion to the center of magic and reset the balance. They discover their own magical abilities, find joy and friendship in the mansion’s family, and face the dangers of the storm’s left-behind magic. The journey to the center of magic is full of twists and turns, magic and excitement. Ellie and Savannah support each other to overcome obstacles along the way, knowing the whole world is depending on them.
Bookish Things: 428 pages. The cover is simple but works with the story. I’d have liked something a little more suitable to the genre. (Note: The Amazon listing has a better cover).
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $1.06 or paperback for $15.05.
Well, that’s how I feel about this book. It has a lot going for it – a unique and twisting landscape and world for its characters (of which there were many), magic and mayhem in equal amounts as well as an unusual plot.
What didn’t work for me was the level the story was pitched at. We have so many young adult books about magic that this felt like it didn’t fit, even for all it’s unique qualities. This felt too juvenile to be considered Young Adult and felt more squarely pitched at children, not just those who enjoy the young adult genre.
A few things I noticed:
31% – Anyone who grows to(o) close to them will breath(e) in the magic…
32% – “Shouldn’t you (delete massive space) two be out…
52% – “There’s a trapdoor her(e),”
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**