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The Wingsnatchers

(Carmer and Grit #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom.

Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Jessica C Writes
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was really cute. Not my usual genre but I think it would be a great read for middle school kids. The plot was pretty interesting and it had a lot of plot twists. High recommend checking it out :)
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Jean Horwitz's "The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1)" is a wonderful, well-written tale featuring Carmer, a magician's apprentice, and Grit, a fairy princess. It is a great book for all ages and would make a fun addition for family time, or to take on a camping to read aloud around a campfire. It might not be scary, per se, but it will be fun! I am certainly looking forward to further additions in this series.
My copy of this book was obtained from the Goodreads website and I appreciate
Anna || MyBookishDream
Full review on my blog, My Bookish Dream.

This was such a fun adventure! I enjoyed this book a lot.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Ugh my mood definitely influenced my enjoyment. I liked the concept and really enjoyed the characters but the plot just couldn't hold my attention. I'll have to reread it
6/6/18 bought for Kindle for $1.99
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-tbr
Super fun middle grade with everything you could ask for really, strong fairies, sweet magician boy and robo cats being controlled by an evil adult. I really enjoyed this book and thing its a great recommendation for any younger readers or older readers looking for some sci-fi fantasy whimsy.

The book was fast and I loved how sweet Carmer was his young character mixed with Grit the fairy princess with one wing who was tough and savy really complimented each other.

The steam punk elements, the mag
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I just finished this novel, so I’m still having a bit of trouble settling my thoughts down so I can put them into actual words. Over the years, it has become much rarer for me to give out a full five-star rating to a book, but I absolutely adored this novel. After only the first chapter—maybe even the first few pages—I was already completely hooked and in love with everyt
Sharon Tyler
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The Wingsnatchers is the first book in the Carmer and Grit series for middle grade readers by Sarah Jean Horwitz. Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie ...more
Apr 23, 2017 added it
I was so intrigued by the premise of this book. I love fae stories, and I love steampunk novels. Unfortunately, I just could not connect with the characters or plot. I think this author's writing style just wasn't for me personally.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have weird mixed feelings about this book. I love the characters, a shy but brilliant boy talented with automata, and a stubborn reckless fairy princess with one wing and the unwillingness to let it slow her down. The overall story was good as well. The problem for me was that it read a little slow. A fair amount of the tension in the book was caused by Grit only seeing part of what was going on and making overexaggerated leaps of deduction and accusations about what was really going on, which ...more
C.J. Milbrandt
Carmer is a magician's apprentice (the sleight of hand variety) and a dabbler in invention, so he has trouble believing his eyes when he meets a one-winged fairy named Grit. Mechanical cats are on the prowl. Fairies are disappearing throughout the city. Magicians (again, the entertaining variety) are in town, having come from all quarters for a competition. Stage names and seelie courts. Puppeteers and flower petal dresses. Top hats and train tricks.

Gorgeous world-building and a quick pace that
Vanessa Linares
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book “ Cramer and Grit” by Sarah Jean Horwitz is a really good book. Out of all the books I read this month this book would be the best. If you love books about adventure I would recommend this book to you. I also think this book is different than the other books I read because I never read a book about magic and so far I like this book.
Lorelei Miller
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Felix Cassius Tiberius Carmer III is a magician's apprentice and aspiring inventor. He travels with Antoine the Amazifier around a rural circuit but their show is not doing well. They are one rotten tomato from going under! A contest in Skemantis city could save their act and Skemantis just happens to be hosting an engineering exhibition that Carmer really wants to see as well. The Magician and his apprentice pack up their box of tricks and head for the city.

Grettifrida is a fairy with one wing
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to audiobook. The actual audio was fine; I liked the narrator at first, but a lot of her characters sounded the same after a while to me.

This book was just ehh. It had a great premise and an interesting plot, but I wasn't invested in the characters and I really couldn't stand some. Mediocre characters can really bring a story down, and I feel like that was the case here. It felt like really only two characters were well thought out; Carmer and Grit. Carmer is a precious cinnamon bun th
Diane Magras
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous read, a story about an uncertain and slightly clumsy boy who loves all things engineered and invented, truly an inventor at heart; and a rebellious fairy princess who wants nothing more than to escape her stifling royal life and have adventures in the outside world. In a world of magic tricks that could be real through either engineering or magic, Carmer and Grit (boy and fairy, respectively) must partner to save his magician employer’s work and her royal subjects’ lives. A fu ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Carmer and Grit, and my 10 year old and I both read it. We loved it! The adventure is original, the fairies have bite, and the interplay between traditional stage magic, fairy magic, and industry is very well done. My son has got everyone in his book group excited to read this book when it comes out.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book. THE WINGSNATCHERS #1 is a charming adventure fantasy with two great main characters - Carmer, a well intentioned magician's apprentice and inventor, and Grit, a fiercely independent faerie princess. Full of humor, heart, and tons of action, THE WINGSNATCHERS pulls you into its fully rendered steampunk environment full of magic, fairy dust, masked villains, and truly frightening automated cats and doesn't let you go. A great mix of magic, fantasy, and science, THE WINGSNATCHERS s ...more
Becky B
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grit thinks her mother is just overprotective since she only has one wing and is the princess of the Seelies. But what she doesn't realize and is soon to find out is that fairies have been disappearing, and no one knows why. Grit runs into the how, though, nasty autocats. And she only escapes with the help of magician's apprentice, Carmer. Carmer did not have help a fairy back to the Arboretum on his to-do list that day. In fact, he's got to run to the theater and help with Antoine the Amazifier ...more
Valerie McEnroe
Why this book isn’t more well-known I have no idea. I rather enjoyed it. It combines steampunk and fairies. How unique is that? Too many books competing I guess.

Carmer III is a mechanical tinkerer and magician’s apprentice working the rural circuit. When he learns that a magic competition is happening in the highly automated city of Skemantis, he convinces The Amazifier to enter the competition. The fact that automaton genius Titus Archer is going to be there is icing on the cake for Carmer.

I really wanted to like this book, everything was here to have an entertaining story (according to my own expectations): clever magicians, great inventions and well developped fairy culture. Even the cover was stunning. But in the end, it was a book with 350 pages of disappointment.

I never really succeeded to go into the story and I never got attached to any characters. The two main characters lack of a "little something" and were even pretty irritating most of the time. Carmer, the young magici
Jo-ann Walsh
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
CARMER and GRIT will bring you into a world of magic and faeries. It’s a great story for fans who like books like Harry Potter and the Spiderwick Chronicles. Felix Cassius Tiberius Carmer III is an orphan, inventor, and apprentice to the magician Antoine the Amazifier. The Amazifier’s shows are getting old, and fans are losing interest in his magic. Carmer, the Amazifier, and his assistant Kitty Delphine decide to travel to the town of Skemantis for a big magic symposium / convention to bring th ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I loved this book. It was such an exciting ride through a fantasy world ripe with magic and adventure. The imagery was fantastic and vivid (I was able to visualize everything so clearly in my mind), and the characters had such neat and contrasting personalities. They had big hearts and a spunk that really added to the excitement of the story. And h
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Horwitz, Sarah Jean The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) 360 pgs, Algonquin Young Readers, $17.95, Language:G(0 swears, 0 “F”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G/PG;

Felix Cassius Tiberius Carmer III is a magician's apprentice who is fascinated with mechanics. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for a young machinist in Skemantian (the steampunk capital of the world). When Carmer, his fellow assistant, and his master travel there, Carmer gets mixed up with the faerie princess
Meg Berg
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the more inventive and unusual works of fiction I've read lately, the first volume of The Wingsnatchers manages to craft not just one, but three unique worlds. The city of Skemantis, brought to life as a growing center of industry and innovation, the traveling world of magicians, and the world of the faerie all turn independently within the book, crossing orbits, interacting and influencing one another. All three communities are meticulously detailed and the information rationing that tak ...more
Merlin Bookworm
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay so a quick run down of the story. You could call this a synopsis but that's so like a teacher. Carmer is a magician's apprentice. He's happier inventing or tinkering in his part of the "Moto-Manse" which is basically a RV. The magic show is almost out of money so they enter in a magic competition in Skemantis, the big city also home of Titan Industries, which works out well for Carmer who wants to see Titan Industries in person. Once he gets there by a twist of fate he meets Grit. In the be ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
oh wow, this book was incredible! i haven't read a middle grade novel like this, i think, ever. this book was full of laughs and beautiful descriptions, and two very believable, very charming characters.

three. make that three, because gideon sharpe is my angry son and i love him. i want an entire book about him. make it happen, sarah jean! make it happen!

anyways, this book is absolutely incredible. it bridged the gap between steampunk and modern technology and concepts that we use today, as well
Sheila Olsen
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit, #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz*I received this book through @kidlitexchange and all opinions are my own*

Sarah Jean Horwitz shows great promise through this first book. I was intrigued by it based on it's Steampunk flavor. I'm fascinated by Steampunk culture and Ms. Horwitz does a wonderful job of putting it into words. I'll admit it took me awhile to get into the story and stopped and started several times as it's geared toward upper elementary age. Any young girl that loves faeries will enjoy this book. If you were a fan o
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning was a bit rough and I almost gave it up, but I persevered and ended up enjoying it.

Carmer is an orphan, apprenticed to a quirky magician. He loves technology and building automatons. A chance encounter leads him to Grit, a feisty young fairy princess with only one wing, but she never lets that hold her back.

Carmer and Grit join forces to figure out who is kidnapping fairies and using their wings. It's quick moving and, honestly, it's refreshing to just read a fun story without lo
Teresa Bateman
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carmer, a magician's apprentice, knows all about legerdemain. Real magic, however, is about to enter his life when he rescues a feisty, one-winged faerie princess named Grit. Both unite to fight against a magician who is kidnapping and enslaving faeries to power his machines and to enhance his shows as a magician. Evil abounds. Danger stalks in the form of automated cats, and Grit's mother who does not like this partnership between her daughter and a human boy. This is a steam-punkish fantasy no ...more
Mary Ellen
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. This book was a little disappointing. The title and the cover are just perfect. Absolutely enchanting. Besides Grit, the characters are all very 2-dimensional. The plot was fun, but not gripping. I actually got to the end of the book feeling like I had somehow missed some very key information. I guess it’s possible I zoned out for a little bit and missed it. . . but, it feels like if it’s something key to a character’s development, it should be so integral to the way the plot unfolds that y ...more
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Sarah Jean Horwitz is the author of the middle grade fantasy series CARMER AND GRIT and the upcoming THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE. Sarah grew up next door to a cemetery and down the street from an abandoned fairytale theme park, which probably explains a lot. She currently lives near Boston, MA.

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