I'm not even sure how this book ended up on my kindle. I think I may have downloaded it as an Amazon Freebie. Anyways, since the holidays are upon us,I'm not even sure how this book ended up on my kindle. I think I may have downloaded it as an Amazon Freebie. Anyways, since the holidays are upon us, this is a Christmas story, I thought it fitting to try and read it now. Plus, its a short book and I'm working hard towards my Goodreads goal this year. This is one of those books that borders on being sappy. It did manage to capture my attention from the first couple of pages and it was compelling enough I didn't want to put it down until I was finished. This is a story about four amazing children, under the age of twelve and how they managed to pull off a Christmas miracle and get help to their injured parents after a car accident.
The story is set in December, right before Christmas, in North Carolina. Its a quick, easy and suspenseful read, a book about survival, determination and never giving up hope. Pacing is moderate to fast. Its quite a short little book at less than 150 pages, so a lot happens in a brief period of time. I must note this one does have some subtle religious undertones, nothing to preachy and it most likely won't bother non-religious readers. This book is told in a first person narrative, from the perspective of the eleven year old Chapel.
The characters are youngsters, all of them sweet and innocent, but very resourceful for their tender ages. There are four siblings in the book: three boys and one girl. Chapel is the eldest at eleven. He's the leader after the car accident. He made me proud how he was able to keep the family together and motivated. Then, next in line is Salem, he's eight. Salem is the idea generator. He's the one who could think outside of the box and figure out solutions to complex problems. I really admired his ingenuity, especially for an eight year old. He remained brave the entire quest. After that is London, he's five and full of spunk and vigor. I love how he enjoyed running ahead and reporting back what he saw when they were trekking the long road to finding help for their parents. Finally the youngest, 19 months old is Georgia. She was an extremely pleasant little one. It amazed me how long she tolerated being carried in a backpack without complaint. I also loved her cute little baby words for things. She was adorable and I believe helped keep the older boys motivated to find help.
I have to admit, for a kindle freebie from an unknown author, this book wasn't half bad. It did have a lot of dialogue,but it was well done and integrated into the story well. The way the kids interacted seemed very believable. I felt overwhelming compassion for them and hoped they would find help soon. Along the "Road to Nowhere" these kids experienced some unique hurtles. Some of the things that happened seemed a little too perfect, but this is one of those pick me up reads with some building tension, but one you just know will have a happy ever after ending. Its a perfect Christmas read and a story that offers hope and leaves readers with a warm feeling at the end.
I'd recommend this book to readers who like stories about survival, youngsters and books with a subtle moral message. I'm pretty sure boys as much as girls would appreciate this story. The suspense will keep readers entertained and alert. This is the perfect read to get readers in the mood for the happy holidays. Those searching for a nice clean read with a happy ever after ending, no violence included, this is your book. ...more
Antebellum Awakening, no longer takes place at a boarding school. Instead, the story moves to a castle setting. Pacing is slow t SETTING PACE AND STYLE
Antebellum Awakening, no longer takes place at a boarding school. Instead, the story moves to a castle setting. Pacing is slow to moderate, moving at the perfect story telling pace, where the reader can take the time to absorb everything going on. The writing is easy to read, with a touch of ever present tension building (a ticking time bomb) as the novel moves forward in time. Its told in a first person narrative from the perspective of the female lead, Bianca.
A few new characters are introduced in this book. One of the more notable characters is Merrick. He's the young man assigned to train Bianca to physically fight. If Bianca can defend herself physically and with magic it will strengthen her chances of defeating the villainous Miss Mabel.
Bianca, sadly, is still faced with her inheritance curse, yet she's granted a one year reprieve by the evil villainess Miss Mabel. Bianca's main struggle in this book is dealing with the loss of her mother. Along with this overflowing grief, she's also challenged with keeping her ever growing powers in check. I felt pretty badly for Bianca and her situation. She blamed herself for her mother's death and her sorrow was palatable. I admired her aspiration and drive to both avenger her mother's death and kill Miss Mabel. In the end I'm totally happy with the decisions she makes. I think I wouldn't have liked the story as much if she had chosen differently.
Bianca's besties from book one, Michelle, Leta and Camille still play large rolls in the story. They are allowed to continue "home" schooling at Bianca's father's castle so they can help boost Bianca's spirits. The girls end up gallivanting about the castle, raising a ruckus here and there to help lighten the generally dark mood. Its fun to see these friendships grow in this installment. The three girls also made plenty of progress as characters as each refined their strengths and gained better control of their weaknesses.
Believe it or not Miss Mabel becomes even more callous in this book. She's very cold and calculating and will stop at nothing, letting nothing stand in her way of the goals she has set forth to achieve - to RULE the networks!
The first book in this series, Miss Mabel's School for Girls is an action packed story about a young witch, Bianca, who is attending an all girls boarding school. What's unusual about this young gal, other than the witch piece, is she is plagued with an inheritance curse. One which will kill her on her 16th birthday unless she is able to break it beforehand. In this second book, the feel of the story is completely different. Antebellum Awakening is more about a broken girl, trying to heal. Its about learning to let go of the grief, without forgetting the person you lost. Anyone who has lost someone close, will definitely understand what poor Bianca is going through.
My favorite aspect of this particular novel is how Bianca progressed through the grieving process, learning how heal her broken heart all on her own. Dealing with grief is very much individualized and I like how the author let Bianca solve the problem, herself. Throughout the book, she constantly battled with her roiling powers and the way she was able to finally get them under control in the end was empowering. The character and plot development, in this story, became deeper and more complex. The politics and world building were advanced significantly, too. In the end, the book settled at a decent resting place. It doesn't have quite the cliffhanger as book one did. However, its pretty obvious this story is far from over. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what will happen next.
I recommend this book to fans of Miss Mabel's. This is a great book for advancing the story. It doesn't rehash, instead, it only gives subtle hints about what happened before to jar the reader's memory.
If you haven't heard about the Network Series, I suggest you hop on over to my blog and read my review on Miss Mabel's School for Girls. Its a fabulouIf you haven't heard about the Network Series, I suggest you hop on over to my blog and read my review on Miss Mabel's School for Girls. Its a fabulous new series involving an all girl boarding school for witches. It opens with the main character, Bianca, being interviewed for potential acceptance to the school, but that is the only interview readers are privy to. In this new book readers glean insightful information about four more main players in the Network Series: Michelle, Leda, Camille and Priscilla, as we listen in on each of their interviews.
The Isadora Interviews is a quick read and moves at a brisk pace. We are taken into each of the girl's home and get to see them in their home environment. We find out a little more background information on each of these characters spotlighted, which will add depth to the story. For me it was quite helpful because it totally helped me to feel a little more sympathetic to Priscilla, a character I didn't care for much in the first book. My favorite interview was Leda's. I knew she didn't come from a family of wealth. I just didn't realize how grave her home situation truly was. It was inspiring to see all that she went through to gain entrance into the school. It also made me see how important it was to her.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is currently reading the Network Series. This is a short, quick read which is a valuable piece to the bigger story. I enjoyed it and the writing very much and early anticipate the second book which was just released in October 2014....more
I became a fan of Jojo Moyes when I was introduced to her by a co-worker. The very first book I read of hers was Me Before You. This is my second expeI became a fan of Jojo Moyes when I was introduced to her by a co-worker. The very first book I read of hers was Me Before You. This is my second experience reading one of her stories. One Plus One is Jojo's most recent release. In the story, a single mother called Jess is raising a ten year old math genius (daughter Tanze) and a 14 year old goth, Nicky, who is not her biological son. When Tanze, is presented an opportunity to attend a private school because of her gifted mathematical skills, it presents a true conundrum for the family. A scholarship of 90% is being offered to the family, sadly, its still not enough. Just when everything looks impossibly bleak, they receive a phone call from the school's superintendent who speaks of an Olympiad for Maths taking place in Scotland, the prize money would be enough to cover what the scholarship doesn't. He's certain Tanze has the talent and skill to win. The main story is about how Jess finds a way to travel to and from the Olympiad and how a young man, with troubles of his own intervenes to help make this possible. This story takes place in Europe. Writing style is fun, real and very easy to get lost in. Its told in a third person narrative and usually switches perspectives with chapters. In this way the reader gets a great opportunity to know each character intimately. The characters in this story are not unlike the people you meet in real life. That's one of the aspects of Jojo's books I can really appreciate. Each one is flawed, but that's what helps make them so darn believable. Jess is a single mother struggling to make ends meet. Its easy to be on her side since I saw how hard she struggled to do what's right for her family. I thought it was the greatest gift she took on Nicky when he was eight years old, despite all of her friends saying she was crazy for doing it. She impressed me with how she mothered her children, she taught them lessons and always seemed to be completely transparent. I adored her eternal optimism and positive, electric, personality. Nicky, the goth boy, is an unusual teen. My heart broke for him as he struggled with bullying from the neighbor boys - The Fishers. They bullied him for expressing himself with his flamboyant wardrobe selection and application of eyeliner. He's a quirky boy, who in the beginning loved to play video games, mainly as an escape from his reality, the life he hated. Happily, he seemed to make the most growth as a character in this story. Tanze is a ten year old female who is obsessed with maths and loves her faithful dog Norman. She's at the age where she totally doesn't mind wearing clothes her mother made for her, the problem is others children don't appreciate like she does. It was difficult to watch all the struggles she went through. The final character, Ed Nichols, is a wealthy man who is on the verge of losing everything because of insider trading. Ed starts off the book completely different than when he finishes the book. I was impressed how he reached out to Nicky, gently encouraged Tanze and slowly became Jess's lover. (Yes, romance is present in this story, but it definitely doesn't monopolize it - thank god!) My favorite elements of this story were the rich believable characters and the humor infused into the story lines. The rode trip across Europe held so much adventure, fun, turmoil and tension. I have to say I was surprised when the trip finally concluded and I found still 40% of the story was left to tell. This book deals with a very sensitive topic young people are faced with today - bullying. I like how the book handles this topic and the outcome, too. Animal lovers will appreciate heroic Norman, Tanze's dog. This is an emotional read, it will make you both laugh and cry, it will make you angry, but the best part is in the end, it leaves you feeling fulfilled. I would recommend this book to Jojo Moyes fans. Also, those who enjoy contemporary reads, road trips and dog lovers will find something to love and cheer about in this one....more
When I read the first book, Breath of Frost, I was totally clueless in the beginning to what all was going on, as I got deeper into the book, I starteWhen I read the first book, Breath of Frost, I was totally clueless in the beginning to what all was going on, as I got deeper into the book, I started to figure things out. In the conclusion of book one, I just was starting to bond with a few of the characters, especially Emma and Moira. Emma's still present in this book. Her role is just much smaller. Moira continues to be a pretty big player and as always I admired her tenacity. So, at the beginning of this book, it didn't take me too long to settle back in to the characters. I still experienced a bit of difficulty following the plot and continued having trouble tracking all the characters, since there are quite a few. Plus, this one is told in a third person narrative, which is something I tend to struggle with if the book has lots of different players. Book one's main focus was on Emma. This book I focused on Gretchen, which allowed me to get to know a lot better in this installment. She's an exciting heroine who isn't afraid to break rules to help her loved ones. She's kind, but fierce. Anyways, I digress, lets backtrack a bit. Gretchen, Penelope and Emma are cousins who also just happen to be witches. They only recently discovered their powers in book one when Emma accidently released them when she dropped and broke her mother's perfume bottle at a debutante ball. Gretchen, who is a twin (her brother is called Godric) has special witch powers. She's a whisperer, a type of witch who can hear all the other witches talking in her head. Since she's so new to her powers the voices are driving her crazy, giving her headaches and making her ears bleed. Throughout the book Gretchen must learn how to harness on her powers because once again evil spirits and magic are plaguing the streets of London. If Gretchen can hone in her skills, the voices will help her rid the city of the evil magic. This is a great second book. It was so easy to read and get lost in the prose. I felt closer to the characters in this book, than in the first installment. I loved the romance in this story stayed in the background, but it was exciting how each witch cousin (Emma, Penelope and Gretchen) each were slowly falling for special guys. What I really liked about this story is there is so much originality. I also thought it was great how this book not only involved witches, but also shape shifters. This book was nothing like the first one. It did a great job to explore more characters. The plot advanced nicely. The only major disappointment was the nasty cliffhanger at the end of the story. That was just MEAN! Overall impression, this is a really fun, well written, original series. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I hate that I am forced to wait another entire year to read it! I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed book one. I would go out on a limb and say this book is probably even better than the first. ...more
I don't usually read memoirs. I find them dull, difficult to push through and usually quite boring. A coworker suggested I read this Wild after she coI don't usually read memoirs. I find them dull, difficult to push through and usually quite boring. A coworker suggested I read this Wild after she completed it. Like usual, I was pretty skeptical. In the beginning it was such an overwhelming read. The narrator, Cherly Strayed lost her mother to cancer, then proceeded into a tailspin of her own. She not only pushed the man she loved, her dear husband out of her life, but she also was jumping into the sack with just any man that had a pulse. Then, to top it all off she started using heroine. It was all over the top for me, she had a rough childhood and now being just barely a grown up she was making her adult life horrid too. I had a hard time relating to her, especially to her reaction of losing her mother. Then, by some crazy notion or blind fate, on a shopping trip she notices a book about the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). She ends up buying the trail guide and planning to hike the entire trip, alone to help get her life on track. Basically, in a nutshell, that's what this book is about. Its set mainly on and around the Pacific Crest Trail, over the eleven hundred miles of trails from the Mojave Desert to the state of Washington. Writing is raw, rough and real. Sometimes its depressing, other times its uplifting and it even made shed a tear or two. Its told in a first person narrative from the perspective of our brave 24 year old broken woman, Cheryl Strayed.
Cheryl is a lost soul. When her mother lost her battle with cancer when Cheryl was only twenty-two her life fell apart. I didn't really resonate with her grief, but as I watched her ruin her life and push the people who cared for her the most I couldn't help but pity her. I thought her preplanning for the hike was fairly amazing, considering the state she was in. I felt like she was a very brave woman, because I don't think I could ever do what she did, hiking that many miles along. At times she made me laugh, but more often she made me sad and want to cry. I enjoyed reading her story and felt she had to be a good person because so many people along the way showed her kindness. I don't think this would have happened if she didn't radiate something good.
This book had a moderate clip to it. It did take me longer than usual to get through it. I enjoyed the writing and Cheryl's quest to find herself. The descriptions of the wilderness and how sometimes the story flipped back in time to fill in certain events in her life added clarity to her situation and depth to her character. There was a certain scene about her mother's horse, Lady, that totally had me in tears. That was indeed an extremely POWERFUL scene and I will not be able to quite thinking of it for a very long time. One aspect I really enjoyed was how Cheryl found solace in books. It was nice to see how even after a full day of hiking, most nights she still looked forward to siting in a chair, inside her tent with her feet up getting lost in a great book.
I found this story a little depressing and sometimes difficult to read. In the end though the book was inspirational and totally gives hope to those who may be similarly struggling. Even though it wasn't exactly the type of book I'd usually pick up and read I'm super glad I gave it a chance. It was well worth the time. I'd recommend this to people who are interested in hiking, The Pacific Crest Trail and outdoor readers. I'd also venture to say those readers looking for a boost or some inspiration, should definitely pick this one up, it certainly will boost your spirits....more
I've been looking forward to starting this series ever since a fellow blogger friend, Aylee at the Recovering Potter Addict, put up her review on theI've been looking forward to starting this series ever since a fellow blogger friend, Aylee at the Recovering Potter Addict, put up her review on the first book. So, when netgalley.com made the first installment a "Read Now" book, of course I couldn't resist their generous offer. This is a fantastic kickoff to a humorous, light, adventure filled historical fiction/steampunk type series. Its very unique in many of its cutting edge concepts. For starters, this book is about an all girls boarding school, a finishing academy to be more precise. Its not just your run of the mill finishing school, this one is markedly different. The girls at this school not only learn to be ladies, but they also learn to be nefarious! When the main character Sophronia gets banished to the boarding school for punishment, she's totally taken aback by the situation she finds herself in. This book is about all of the crazy schemes, adventures and mysteries Sophronia and her newly made friends partake. This book is set at a boarding school, one that actually floats in the air, suspended by balloons. Writing is absolutely fun. The young women are conniving, illustrious and interested in furthering their education. Its an extremely fast paced story, with always some crazy scheme taking place. Told in a third person narrative through the eyes of our bold narrator, Sophronia, an entrancing story unfold.
Sophronia and I hit it off right from the start. She's the youngest of a family full of girls. Her mother can't seem to get her to act like a lady and she's always in some form of trouble. I loved her personality, her big heart and especially the way her mind works. She's a gifted problem solver and is always able to come up with solutions to complex situations at the drop of a hat. Its also wonderful to see she welcomes any type of friend.
Dimity is far more of a "girly girl". She's a great contrast to Sophronia's rambunctiousness. I laughed over how easily she passes out at the sight of blood. It was also nice to see she was a very welcoming girl. She and Sophronia became quick and fast friends. They each had each other's backs.
Soap, one of the sooties, ( a group of boys working in the boiler room of the boarding school "ship" shockingly was an African American boy. I adored his humbleness and his gentlemen-like ways. He always treated Sophronia and her friend kindly and was very genuine about it.
Monique, an older student forced to repeat her classes a second time because of failure to "finish" ends up being the villainous character and Sophronia's arch-nemesis. They play some pretty fierce mind games. Her character revealed a bit of forshadowing about what's to come in the next school years for our young heroines.
What I loved about this story was all the quirkiness and inventivness. This book blends: historical fiction, humor, steampunk and fantasy into one entertaining story. The mechanicals were some of my favorite additions to the story. Sophronia's pet dog, Bumbersnoot was quite the character. The writing though whimsical and fun did seem more middle grade than young adult, which I appreciated but others may not. The romance in this story for me was barley brushed on, which was perfect for me. This book kept me entertained from start to finish. The ending was entirely complete, no cliffhangers or any crazy stuff like that. It totally could be read as a standalone. I don't know how anyone would want to stop with book one and not desire to read the entire series. What an adorable book!...more
Most everyone is familiar with the story of Peter Pan and the nefarious Captain Hook, but I don't think many know Captain Hook had a daughter. Hook'sMost everyone is familiar with the story of Peter Pan and the nefarious Captain Hook, but I don't think many know Captain Hook had a daughter. Hook's Revenge focuses on the story of Hook's only child, a spirited young gal named Jocelyn Hook. When the story opens, we find the youngster raising the roof at her grandfather's house, where Jocelyn is cared for since a pirates life is no life for a little girl. She's a total tomboy and her grandfather fears she will never be able to find a suitor unless someone is able to put an end to her shenanigans. So he ships her off to a notorious finishing school. Not long after Jocelyn's arrival she receives a letter from her father stating he has met an untimely death at the teeth of an evil beast, a crocodile. He tells her as his only heir he has nothing really to give her except for a task to avenge his death and kill the croc. Of course, Jocelyn must rise to the challenge and a crazy misadventure begins. Hook's Revenge has a many different settings, at first a boarding school and then the oceans and after that the Netherlands. The story is told from a cantankerous omniscient narrator who is sarcastic and will keep readers laughing. Pacing is moderate and remains steady throughout the book. Jocelyn is a determined girl. She possess spunk, vigor and wits. In the beginning she really just lacks self confidence. I adored watching grow and change into a fierce heroine as the story progressed. Her crew are a jumble of misfits, each with his own quirk. For example we have a blind pirate who really can see, but covers both eyes with eye patches to give him the appearance of being site challenged. Jocelyn's best friend Roger, is present for the first third of the story. He's a kind hearted boy and immediately takes a liking to Jocelyn, even though she's a girl. This is a light entertaining story filled with hilarious misadventures. There are cannibals, fairies, mermaids and even mean girls. One of my favorite aspects of the story was the grumpy narrator. He has some pretty great lines. Another part to this story is its an inspirational read for young girls. It shows them if you believe in yourself, great things can happen. What a fantastic, powerful message. I really enjoyed how the story wrapped up. When I turned the last page I was left with a feeling of contentment. I learned all that I want to about how everything turned out. What was even more exciting is the author left room for a potential sequel. I'd recommend this story to both young readers and adult readers. There is definitely enough substance to this book to entertain both audiences. Its a clean read and I think it would be suitable to both boys and girls since there is quite a bit of adventure and action, especially near the end of the tale....more
I've always wanted to read the giver, especially because its touted as the first dystopian type book published. I'm too old for it to have been requirI've always wanted to read the giver, especially because its touted as the first dystopian type book published. I'm too old for it to have been required literature in high school. To me, its kind of a classic, so I wanted to read it. I'm not disappointed I read it. Its a very quick read, which is totally entertaining without being action packed. The world building is simple but complete. I think its a very engaging and thought provoking read. As I made my way through it I noted many similarities to the Matched trilogy, primarily the first book. In The Giver, a community where freedom of choice and emotions has been eradicated. The community developed in such a manor so people could be relaxed, never have to experience pain or have anxiety over making the right choices. In the end, the only people who experienced true feelings or emotions were The Giver and The Receiver. The Giver was the keeper of all the old memories and The Receiver would be the one to eventually take The Giver's place. The story was written quite simply, however, the meaning behind it all was very deep. Its told in a third person narrative from the perspective of a young twelve year old boy called Jonas. Jonas is intelligent, wise and brave beyond his years. Before his ceremony of 12's, his life was carefree and bliss. Then, he is assigned to become the new Receiver and things just go downhill from that point as he is forced to discover things like pain, starvation and hopelessness. Its all probably way more than any twelve year old can endure. Jonas's best friend Asher is a comical boy. He's whimsical and has an uncanny knack for using the words out of context. I loved his innocence. Gabriel, is an infant who is at risk for being "released" from the community because he's not able to sleep for the night. Jonas' family ends up nurturing him for a second year, where if he catches up he will be assigned to a family in the following year. Most of the characters were hard to get to know intimately. I found the only one I had a real connection to was Jonas. This was probably because I always got to see in his head and know what he was thinking. I also appreciated the Giver. He was a grandfatherly type of person who really did hold Jonas' best interest in mind. When I turned the final page, I can't say I didn't truly appreciate the value of this novel. It really did make me think. Lots of ideas, idealisms and politics play a part in this book. The only problem I had with the story is the ending was left wide open. I can't say I really understood it. If I'm supposed to conjure my own ending, then in my mind I design a happy one. The author really just left me so unsure of the fate of our main characters I was a little let down with the conclusion. I do understand this is a series. I just have no clear picture on where this story may be headed next, which was all just slightly frustrating to me. ...more
There is a significant amount of controversy surrounding this book. Many readers claim its a "Harry Potter" rip off, since its about a boy with magicThere is a significant amount of controversy surrounding this book. Many readers claim its a "Harry Potter" rip off, since its about a boy with magic and his two friends; one a girl and the other a boy. I read the blurb, knew the author's were both well established and determined I wanted to be able to decide for myself. So, I requested this one on Netgalley, was approved and started reading. Magisterium: The Iron Trial is a book about a boy, Callum Hunt, who has uncontrolled magic. His father, a mage himself, has refused to teach Callum anything about his budding powers. The only information he's fed the boy growing up is magic, mages and the Magisterium are all evil. He's told Callum he MUST fail his magic tests so his magic can be bound and he will never have to go the the Magisterium. A vile place where children are held captive, treated like prisons and used to fight magic wars. Well, despite Callum's valiant efforts to fail the magical exams, (he scored a negative number), he somehow still catches the eye of the top magical mage instructor and is selected to attend The Magisterium. Here's where the story begins.
This story mainly takes place in a magical boarding school located underground, deep in some unknown cavern. Pacing is fast. I didn't think this book ever had a dull moment. Its perfect for readers with active minds and those who desire non-stop action. Writing style engaged, captivated and held my interest. It was sophisticated but not so much that I couldn't grasp all the magical concepts and ideas. World building was pretty strong, with plenty of hints and unanswered questions to ponder. This one is told in a third person narrative from the perspective of our hero, twelve year old Callum Hunt.
Now Callum Hunt isn't your run of the mill mage in training. For starters, he's handicapped. His leg was shattered at birth, despite multiple surgeries and physical therapy sessions, Callum walked with a sliding limp. He's also sarcastic and is always causing some kind of trouble at his regular school. He really doesn't have any friends to speak of and usually the kids bully him because of his leg. Once admitted to The Magisterium, luckily for Callum things begin to change for the better. He really shows significant character growth in this installment.
Callum's soon to be best friend Aaron is very well liked. He's also a fantastic mage. He has a kind heart, he's very serious about his schooling and proves to be a valuable friend and ally. Tamara, the final character, forming the trio, selected by the prestigious instructor is extremely intelligent. She's also earns high marks in the initial testing. As the story progresses, it ends up she harbors some pretty interesting secrets. Of course not everyone at the school is kind to Callum, one particular boy, Jared ends up being sort of an archival. He's convinced that Callum stole his training spot in the top group and will do whatever it takes to earn it back from him.
This was a really entertaining, action packed, magical read. It captivated me with all its unanswered questions, like "kill the boy" or "you don't know what you really are". The magic was different. The chaos creatures and magic were original. I totally adored the addition of Havoc, the wolf cub, since I'm a big animal lover. I also am curious to see what happens with Warren, the lizard. All along I had my theories and ideas on where this story was headed. Surprisingly, Holly Black still managed to still toss me a curve ball at the very end of the book. The conclusion involves a breathtaking battle and startling revelations. I felt like the story wrapped up in an ideal fashion. It felt complete and could be read as a stand alone, but I don't see why any reader would not want to continue on with the series. The plan is that this series will have five books total, one for each year of Call's life between twelve and seventeen. I must say, after reading this one, I felt like there were only some very minor similarities between this book and The Harry Potter Series. Magisterium: The Iron Trial, is unique and its own story. Give it a chance, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I recommend this book to fans of magical middle grade fantasies. Those who enjoy boarding schools, magical creatures and exciting battles will find lots to love about this story. I bet readers of both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson will both also quickly be cheering for our new hero Callum Hunt as he makes his was through his school years at the Magisterium.