Title: Solid Entry in MG Fantasy Series
Elle Burton’s brother has disappeared, and her friend Jimmy becomes a Guardian. Elle might be the Chosen One, but she has to save her brother first.
- It’s definitely middle grade. That said, it’s kid-safe and fairly realistic. I like the balance between the kid being a hero and still being a kid.
- It probably helps to read book 1, but it’s enjoyable as is.
- The narrator did a lovely job.
- Elle’s a fun character. I don’t get much sense of Jimmy, but I think he’ll be important in the series later.
- The side characters are a little hard to distinguish if you’re not familiar with them already, but it’s still fun.
- The magic world is pretty well-defined. There are some terms that are probably better explained in book 1.
- The danger and way they solve the mystery is fairly realistic.
- I enjoyed the way Elle’s home life progressed. There’s good balance of her being a hero and just being a 10 year old kid with a heart of gold. She’s the sort of kid you can totally believe lives next door.
- I don’t usually comment on covers but the audiobook one is by far my preferred one vs the ebook one. I think the cartoon-ish one captures the essence of the story better. The ebook one says YA, but not fantasy. This is definitely a fantasy book.
Solid entry in an interesting MG fantasy series.
P.S. The author is a lovely person. You should find her on FB and say “hi.”
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