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The Apprentices

(The Apothecary #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,093 ratings  ·  376 reviews
Two years have passed since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary’s defiant son who stole her heart. On the other side of the world, Benjamin and his father are treating the sick and wounded in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. But Benjamin has also been experimenting with a magical new formula that allows him to communicate with Janie across the ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published May 22nd 2013)
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Katie Jarrett Yes,it is more than good,it is AWESOME! But you should read the first book before you read it because you will understand it more.

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Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
This could have been an entertaining book, but Maile Meloy's sequel to "The Apothecary" is unfortunately a much weaker offering. Not only does Meloy chronically underuse her character Janie, she introduces new characters almost at will, dropping them again a few pages later, without realizing their full potential. The plot is choppy, with large segments that do not drive the plot forward sufficiently and make it more jumbled. The ending is, in parts saccharine, and feels like an afterthought.

Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Maile Meloy's first sequel (another is in the works) to last year's 'The Apothecary' takes her central figures of Janie, Ben and Pip on another wide ranging quest to save the world at the height of the cold war. As in the previous installment, Meloy's writing is fast paced and yet manages to capture nuances of character and their internal conflicts. There is a lot going on in the pages of this book, which is often good, but sometimes it's a bit too much -- the narrative spans continents and poin ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, when I am enduring a book hangover, it is difficult for me to get into another book. Luckily, right when I was finishing an amazing novel, I saw the beautifully illustrated cover of The Apprerentices by Maile Meloy. When the first book in this series, The Apothacary, came out, I could not recommend it to enough people, so imaging how happy I was to not only find out that there was a sequel, but that there was a copy waiting for me. In The Apprentices, Meloy follows up the adventures o ...more
Sam Kellar-long
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Normally I would give a summary of the book first, but I really had no idea what was going on. There were at least 3 perspectives, which made the book somewhat confusing, and the change of setting along with the characters made the book altogether very confusing. After reading The Apothecary, I had high hopes for this book. The beginning was exciting, when it was just Janie and her experiment. But then came Pip, Jin Lo, Ben and too many characters to keep track of. I read it eagerly, waiting for ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Oh, the joys of an unsolicited ARC that turns out to be the sequel to a book you enjoyed. Prior to the arrival of this book on my doorstep, I had no idea that there would be a sequel to The Apothecary, nor did I have a specific hankering for one. However, since I did like the first, I was excited to discover what would transpire in this installment. Well, lucky me, The Apprentices is an even better read than The Apothecary, maturer in plot, writing and characterization.

Where The Apothecary was v
Samantha Louise
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
On June 4th, 2013, the release date of this book, The Apprentices, my alarm clock woke me up at 9:00 AM, I got onto the library's website to see if they had the book, AND LOW AND BEHOLD! The Apprentices was there! So I put on some clothes really quick and drove there to spirit the book away and devour the words.

And I did devour the words: I'm a slow reader and this is the first (400 page) book I've finished in ONE DAY! Yay!

That said, it was amazing.

The first book in the series, The Apothecary,
Darth J
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
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Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sticking to my trend of good YA fiction, I decided to read the sequel to The Apothecary, a book that Rachel recommended. The characters are 2 years older now; Janie is 16 and is a student at a private school in the US, Benjamin and his dad are in the jungles of Vietnam, Pip is a TV celebrity in London, and Jin Lo has returned to China. Lots of drama and action -- Janie is kidnapped, Benjamin takes the avian elixir to turn into a bird to rescue Janie, and there are plenty of bad guys (including s ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
More magical science in this one! And new characters.

This book was narrated in third-person, switching perspectives. While it was fun to see other characters' points of view, Pip's especially, I think it lost a little something without Janie's narrating voice.

The book had more settings: America, Vietnam, Malaya, China, etc. Each location brought more challenges and more creatures.

Highlights: Pip's journey to America, Benjamin's brilliant invention, and Jin Lo's new discovery.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
Second in the series. Maile Meloy deals with important issues (such as nuclear weapons) while telling an addictive story!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This second installment was a hot mess. I don't care to take the time to review it all. The motivations were silly, the exact-right-time coincidences were too plentiful, and anything having to do with Jin Lo was nonsensical and irrelevant. Can't decide if I'm going to finish out the series or not.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: My parents
Recommended to EthanTG by: John
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Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This sequel to The Apothecary continues the story of Janie, Benjamin and Pip. It takes place three years after the first book and the three friends are all separated. Janie is attending a private boarding school in the U.S. and working on a science project to desalinate water quickly and inexpensively. But the closer she gets to a solution, the more danger she seems to be in. Benjamin is traveling with his father, the apothecary, in the jungles of Vietnam, helping to heal the wounded in the war. ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two years after the events in The Apothecary 16-year-old Janie is attending school in New Hampshire. All she knows about Ben and his father is they are somewhere trying to save the world against the looming nuclear threat. She's keeping busy with an experiment to desalinate ocean water.

Her experiment piques the interest of her roommate's father. Suddenly, Janie finds herself expelled from school and her experiment gone. To get it back, she's finds a way to contact Benjamin and unknowingly sets
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
So on one hand, you have a perfectly entertaining Nancy Drew meets adventure YA novel with a large cast of interesting character and a plot that moves along at a nice clip. On the other hand, the plot relies heavily on the damsel in distress trope. The heroine Jeanie is smart and ambitious but is constantly in danger thanks to powerful villainous men, while hero Benjamin and friends are having adventures and are in danger because of their bravery. The female character Jin Lo is more courageous a ...more
Jennifer Su
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
“The Apprentices”, the second installment in a trilogy by Maile Meloy, was an enjoyable book, but has flaws. The story starts out simple, with Janie in a new school attempting a chemistry experiment. It gets fast paced, with the reader enveloped in the fast developing plot. The problem is that seeing how the story jumps from very different places, and very different points of views, that it is sometimes hard to understand what has happened and what is going on. Sometimes even, the characters kno ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of The Apprentices. This is the review I wrote for LibraryThing Early Reviewers:

This book, The Apprentices, is the sequel to Meloy's The Apothecary in which the reader is first introduced to the main characters, Janie and Benjamin. The reader of The Apprentices is gently informed/reminded of the events in the previous book allowing immediate entry to the story. The characters are well-developed as is the plot, with well-timed twists to keep the reader's interest. The m
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

I really enjoyed this book. Having not read the first book in the series, it was easy to fall into the story.

The characters are not all children, and the interaction between them was at many times touching. The adventures are non-stop, and take place within an authentic historical backdrop. There are spear wielding natives, wealthy sultans, machine gun fire, first kisses, broken hearts and harrowing sea journeys. Adventure readers of all
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maile Meloy's second book, 'The Apprentices', fell a little bit short of my expectations. I didn't think it was nearly as good as the first book, 'Apothecary', but it was still a great read, and I devoured it all in one day. (Although that might've had more to do with boredom than the book quality!) I was also a little disappointed that unlike 'Apothecary', which was a great read even without the sequel, I thought that 'The Apprentices' was clearly setting the stage for a third novel. Despite al ...more
Nicole Wolverton
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
So, The Apprentices picks up several years after The Apothecary. Janie is 16 and in boarding school. There a lot of things I don't want to spoil, so it'll be hard to talk about the plot.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. Meloy has a lovely voice in both The Apothecary and The Apprentices, and there are plenty of new characters. I felt perhaps that there might have been a little too much going on, though, from too many points of view. The ending chapter didn't give me a lot of closure, either.

I wante
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book. The reason I'm only marking it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the main climactic moment (I won't say what) was too sudden and disconnected in my opinion. I was not very emotionally effected because it was too sudden. Maybe it's just me but it's always the ending chapter or two that stick with me most of the time and it wasn't quite as dramatic this time. Great overall book though and a wonderful sequel. I can't wait for the next one, this one certainly left a lot to make into a great t ...more
Melissa Jacobson
I just love this series so much! I love the characters and the world and the plot so much!
This book was even better than the first one! It expanded upon the character we already knew, And added in some fun and interesting new ones as well!
I loved every new character in their own way and I loved the magic in this book!
Can I just say one thing though...that ending killed me. And Jin Lo. MY BABY. She is my favorite besides Pip. She is just SO PRECIOUS.

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Alani Bayha
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this story was very entertaining, and I couldn't put the book down. I loved how the characters throughout the book had realistic emotions. The pacing was great, and the chapters alternated between different perspectives. The different situations for each character kept me interested in the story. I also liked the way the author built suspense by showing what happened to some characters through others. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes cute rom ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-owned, owned-read
Cute, sweet, and very entertaining. I love the world that Meloy has created and I love the time period it takes place in. But most of all I love Janie and Benjamin, like more please. The ending surprised me, and made me very sad, but I feel like it almost needed to happen. The third and final book is going to be just as good, I just know.
Erika A.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Catherine Hudson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Michelle Spencer
I really liked this book in its beginning and middle stages. It had that perfect blend of science and magic from the first book. It had a female protagonist researching a science experiment with world-changing potential. It had some seriously beautiful illustrations (I am such a sucker for illustrated novels). It read quickly, not only because of a nice clear writing style, but I actually wanted to keep reading because I liked the characters.

But. Eh.

I reeeeeeeeally hate that Janie’s science expe
Chinmayi A.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of a sequel written by Malie Meloy, the first book was The Apothecary. It's been two years since Janie Scott has seen the "love of her life", The Apothecary's son, Benjamin Burrows. While Janie is in Grayson Academy, Benjamin and his father were treating the wounded in the Vietnam. While in Vietnam Benjamin creates a powder that he sends to Janie so that they can communicate. When Benjamin gets a hold of Janie he realizes that she's in trouble and asks their friend Pip to ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Apothecary starts with Janie a normal girl after school being followed by a black sedan back home. The parents get scared and pack straight to London to start a new life. She goes to the school and meets Ben. Ben’s father works in a Apothecary of his own. Janie becomes friends with Ben but realized shortly after what Ben’s boring dad actually does. In his Apothecary he as an book full of spells and magic. It was all fun until Ben’s dad gets kidnapped by Russian spy’s and now Ben and Janie ha ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I quite enjoyed the first book of this series, but this sequel was absolutely worthless. The intricate conflict of the first book and reasonably developed characters were nowhere to be found. The level of plot convenience was higher than I have ever imagined it could possibly be, to the point that a whole series of random girls a boy had met on a cruise happened to have millionaire fathers that were ready and waiting to help him randomly fly to remote islands- and go along with him while they we ...more
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Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review), and the award-winning Apothecary trilogy for young readers. She has received the PEN/Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Be ...more

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