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The Puppet Spell

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  15 reviews

Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapu
paperback, 115 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Rowanvale Books (first published December 2nd 2012)
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Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beginning with a move to a less than desirable new house, The Puppet Spell is told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Lexa, a videogame-playing girl frequently overshadowed by her twin sister, Lucinda. Despite being twins, the girls look nothing alike and their differences run more than skin deep: Lucinda is the height of popularity at the local school, outgoing and brash, whilst Lexa is much more reserved and considered. As if this combination of personalities wasn’t already a recipe for ...more
Sharon Stevenson
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'The Puppet Spell' is the story of 15-year-old sisters Lexa & Lucinda who have little in common. A move to a new home quickly turns into a fantastical adventure when they stumble upon a doorway to another world.

Adams has crafted an entertaining fantasy tale with some nicely creepy moments. This novel is aimed at a young audience and should be extremely well received. It reminded me of reading Enid Blyton novels when I was young(though this book is probably more in the vein of Harry Potter) as it
Amy Lutchen
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cover: Perfectly representative of the story; it's magically eerie. The color palette feeds into the matter well, creating an atmosphere that promises mystery and nightmarish creepiness.

Text: Emma Adams proves to be a grammar queen (notice: not PRINCESS), both in the sense that she rules The Kingdom of Correct Grammar, AND seems to possess a mountain of writing experience, despite being only the spritely age of twenty-one.

Story: The Puppet Spell is about a magical land that resulted from a rip o
Kirsty Bicknell
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fae, fantasy, ya, review-copy
I read the first chapter of ‘The Puppet Spell’ on E.L. Adams’ website and was so intrigued by the story that I requested the book for review. I was lucky enough to be given a copy but this has not influenced my opinion.
‘The Puppet Spell’ is mesmerising, although quite an intense fantasy on many levels, a fun symbol for computer games in modern society. The world which E.L Adams creates is a mixture of everything hidden in a child’s imagination – fae, goblins, gremlins, talking animals, invisible
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This book is the perfect blend of the fanciful, the sinister and the dramatic; without having to sacrifice it's whimsy and wonder in the process. Written in the vein of great fantasy such as Narnia, Never ending Story, and Pan's Labyrinth; the world that Ms. Adams Has crafted within the pages of this read is truly fantastic.

All of her characters are strong and well expressed. I say all, because often times when you have human characters who are transferred into magical lands, they sometimes wash
Elle Rose
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
OMG, my hat goes off to Miss Adams. "The Puppet Spell", is a mind-bogglingly crafted novel. I've read the book twice and am still in amazement.

From page one, you're drawn into the world of Lexa, the levelheaded, wallflower sister. Outside of having to move from home to home, often, Lexa believes she has a mundane life, playing video games and hanging out with her best friend Marlon, the dreamer. Except, when her sibling, Lucinda, the power-hungry, social queen disappears, Lexa and Marlon are con
E.B. Hood
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Puppet Spell by E.L. Adams is a story set in a magical world. This is a children's story that is safe for any age. Still I am sure that young adults and young at heart, will enjoy this story as much as I did.

The story is fast paced and full of imagination and action. You're immediately transported into another world, with magic and fairies. The lead character Lexa, whose eyes we see this world through is inspiring and brave. I do wish that there had been more time with her discovery of using
Emma Adams
Jan 05, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
As I terminated my contract with the book's publisher, this is no longer available on most retailers and is out of print. I can't promise I'll return to this story's world, but I count it as a valuable stage in my writing journey, and I certainly plan to write more children's books in future.

Thank you to everyone who rated and left such wonderful reviews for my first published novel. I'm truly grateful that each and every one of you took a chance on an unknown author and offered so much support.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for younger readers that enjoy the "Harry Potter" type of book. Fantasy, action and a little bit or "weird". I like to read some books before passing onto my nephews and I approve of this one! ...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Novel Idea Reviews

RATING: 4/5 Stars

I was lucky enough to get to know the author, E.L. Adams, as part of the Indie Self-Pub Author Event hosted at Say It With Books in June 2013, which focuses on spotlighting all the great authors out there who chose an alternative to the traditional publishing route. You can read the interview on our blog!

I had a lot of fun reading this book. It’s a great fantasy for the middle grade/younger YA audience, with plenty of humor and a dash of th
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
I think this book was a one amazing read! It was entertaining from start to finish with the magical spells and the twins adventures, which got you clinging to the edge of your seat! Although the cover is a little scary. LOL. You learn to never judge a book by its cover. I read this book because I know the author from Twitter (kind of) and I knew she was trying really hard to get her book published, so I decided to give it a try. Not bad was the first thought I had when I started reading this.

Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read-books
Ok, onto the actual review of this magical awesomeness. Puppet Spell is a YA fantasy in the vein of the Chronicles of Narnia or even a Wrinkle in Time. The characters find themselves in a parallel magical land under the rule of the Puppeteer. I am not going to lie the Puppeteer freaks me out, it’s just plain creepy. It’s like Coraline but in book form, scary! With no magical training, Lexa and Marlon have to find Lucinda and save everybody from the Puppeteer.

I despised Lucinda’s character, what
This is a fun story that I read quickly and enjoyed. I loved the imaginative adventures Lexa and Marlon found themselves a part of. Unusual characters are made believable as they were brought to life in the story. I adored Lexa’s voice throughout, and sometimes laughed out loud at some of her speculations. Lucinda is one of the most disagreeable and selfish characters I’ve come across in quite a while; yet, I still felt her tug at my sympathies, on occasion. Then, a few paragraphs later, I wante ...more
Alysa H.
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has some good creepy imagery and just the right amount of darkness for a Middle Grade audience, but is not very memorable overall. Most of the characters are woefully underdeveloped. The whole thing feels more like a draft than a finished novel -- although it's a very promising draft! I'd be interested to read more from this author in the future. ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book in the goodread giveaway. Very fun! Hope there's a sequel. ...more
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I'm Emma, a NYT & USA Today bestselling author, book-hoarder, gamer, and restless dreamer. I write dark fantasy novels, including the Changeling Chronicles, the Gatekeeper's Curse trilogy, and the Order of the Elements series.

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“A voice spoke. It sounded like a lion would speak, if it could talk.
In a way that would probably have been comic to watch, Lucinda and I turned, slowly, to see Spider the cat sitting between us and the door.
‘The cat just spoke,’ said Lucinda blankly.
‘I know,’ I said.
‘Cats don’t talk.’
‘I know that, too.’
I’m not a cat. And I told you to stay away from here.”
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