Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X.
Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland’s prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins ...more
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published April 19th, 2016 by Automatic Publishing
I came across this book via the brilliant Koeur's Book Reviews. I love it when he goes off on a rant (which luckily for me, happens quite often), but when something gets high praise from him, I know I've gotta read it as well. Due to all the poopiness going on, I was WAY behind on my ARC pile, so it took a while to finally read this one. And, of course, 'Koeur' was absolutely right!
The entire blurb actually spoi...more
This book started out in a typical fashion with 2 brothers loosing their parents and having to grow up without them. It picks up when they have lived without them for around 10 years and are entering key phases in their lives. The book focuses on one brother specifically, ...more
Publisher: Letter Better Publishing
Publishing Date: April 2016
Publishers Description: Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland’s prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother’s footsteps, just getting throu ...more
This book is well written, engrossing and easy to follow along with. The cha ...more
See my full review at: http://www.girl-who-reads.com/2016/04... ...more
Well, I'm happy to announce that we've finally reached the point when books for juvenile readers set in magical schools don't feel like cheap, Harry Potter knockoffs. Frank Beddor's Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox provides middle grades readers with a balance between J.K. Rowling's fantasy and Beddor's own take on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. The result is a wholly original little book that will delight anyone looking for light-hearted fantasy.
A prequel to Beddor's Looking Glass Wars, Ghost i...more
First of all it was great to get back to the Wonderland that Frank Beddor introduced us to in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.
The only character from the trilogy was a young Hatter Madigan, here we get to see a different side to the Hatter we all knew has the Queens bodyguard.
This was a a fast paced tale of who Hatter Madigan was and how he became the man who saved Queen Alyss.
This Hatter was not like his older self, he was more emotional, and ...more
The main character, Hatter Madigan, wears his heart on his sleeve. He easily sh ...more
Not a proper review, as this was an ARC.
While I enjoyed reading it, I didn't like it as much as the LGW, though I do think it will go over pretty well with the intended audience. The plot is good, and while the action isn't really action-y, it fits with the setting and ages of the characters. I did very much like the cast of characters, especially our side characters of Newton, Astra, and even We ...more
I know this was written for a younger audience and as I read I thought about what my 9 yr old would think of the story. It's easy to follow with plenty of things to think about as the story progresses. The story feels like a nice mix between Ender's Game and early Harry Potter and the Sor ...more
It was fun to see a different side of Wonderland, while getting to know so much more about the early life of one of Wonderland's most epic heroes.
If you loved Looking Glass Wars, you'll love this. Definitely add this on ...more
This series debut is ideal for middle school readers or as an addition for fans of the other books. The story is fast paced and creative and adds just enough of Carroll's classic to delve into an exciting reimagining of the original. The Mad Hatter as a highly trained and lethal bodyguard/spy who wields his hat as a weapon by the power of imagination is just too cool! I love all the other Wonderland references as well as the heirarchy of the ...more
The world is just as captivating and the characters flow through it smoothly. The writing is well done and impeccably all-consuming. I love how there's just the right about of fantasy and science fiction, with a dab of paranormal. This book is perfect for coming of age t ...more