The Wizard of Dark Street (Oona Crate Mystery #1)
Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of ...more
Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.
Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.
Well, let me tell you, this story does not disappoint. I was flipping the pages to find out the whodunits and to see how all the seemingly separate mysteries would ...more
--an orphan girl named Oona with an innate talent for magic, a gift that led to a terrible tragedy a few years ago
--a fascinating place, Dark Street, poised between a gate leading to our world at one end (which opens for just one minute ever night) and a gate to the fairy realm, locked after a fierce war some years before
--a mystery that could threaten the very existence not just of Dark Street, but our world as well, and cast our orphaned heroine out into the streets
This book is also a bit like Harry Potter in regards to its setting, a magical world that exists parallel to ours. While Harry Potter never bothered me with all of the world-building details (frankly, JK Rowling could probably write another book in Harry’s world, skip the pl ...more
When I was in the 9-12 age range, some of my favorite books were mysteries, particularly the kind where no one got hurt and I got to play along at home. Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, "Alfred Hitchcock", (though I could never guess those twists. The diamond was in the python, who was in the acrobats' baton?!) I think Oona Crate and The Wizard of Dark Street would have made little-me very happy and will certainly become a mainstay in my ...more
Oona is a Natural Magician, a rare thing even on Dark Street, the last of the pathways between the World of Man and Faerie, and, since the gate to Faerie has been shut permanently, magic is on the decline.
But despite this, and because of a tragic accident she caused when her magic went wrong, she doesn't want to be the Wizard's Apprentice and, instead, wants to follow the path of her father and be a detective.
But her worlds coll ...more
At least Oona's uncle, who happens to be the Wizard of Dark Street, understands her reasoning in not wanting to pursue magic and instead wanting to open a detective agency. But when her uncle goes missing, she must use all she can to find him...unless he has died.
I really enjoyed this story, and liked how it allowed the a ...more
Also, the writing really wasn't great. At times it seemed a bit amateurish. At one point there was a sentence containting the same word twice (I can't remember now wha ...more
Cute, but geared towards a slightly younger group than I was expecting. I wanted more magic and detective work, and less insta-love (which stayed in that awkward I-like-you-but-don't-know-you-and-barely-speak-to-you stage. I just thought (view spoiler)[it was a little ridiculous how easily Oona decided that Archer was not guilty of attacking her uncle just because she thought he was cute. You're a detective! ...more
This was a whippet-fast read- It's aimed at younger readers, but grownups will enjoy it too. Oona is ...more
After a horrible tragedy that killed her mother and baby sister, Oona is determined to forever give up practicing magic. Instead, she wants to start her own detective agency. On the night Oona is supposed to sign away her right to all the benefits of the wizard's apprentice and when a new apprentice is to be chosen, a major magical crime against the wizard is ...more
I believe I have found the answer in a man from my own hometown named Shawn Thomas Odyssey. In "The Wizard of Dark Street" he introduces us to a magical world hidden in New York circ ...more
Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Available July 26, 2011
Review copy from publisher
Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.
Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of ...more
12 year old Oona is destined for the position of Wizard's Apprentice since she is a rare Natural Magician. But all she wants to do is start her own detective agency. When the current Wizard, also Oona's uncle, is stabbed with a magic knife, it's up to Oona to figure out who purported the crime.
This was a great mix of fantasy and mystery so it combined two of my favorite genres. Oona is a girl detective and those are the best kind. She is smart, witty, clever and loyal to her ...more
In the 14th century, at the end of the Great Faerie War, the wizard Oswald the Great closed the Glass Gates between the World of Faerie and Dark Street, the magical community that connects New York to Faerie and protects the mortal world from the malicious magic of the Fey.
Five hundred years later in 1877, young teen witch Oona Crate, always accompanied by her talking -- and thinking -- raven familiar, Deacon, decides to relinquish her inherited position as apprentice to her uncle the Wizard, th...more
Now, all Oona wants to do is be a detective, especially since the town's inspector is a bumbling idiot. Wo ...more
As an adult, the book is terribly endearing, but feels more like a 45-minute, fantastical crime procedural TV show for Nickelodeon than it does a 348-page book. For all those words, ...more
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