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Angel and Bavar

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Taking inspiration from “Beauty and the Beast,” Amy Wilson’s second middle grade novel is a stunning modern fairy tale of magic, friendship, and finding the courage to fight for what matters most.

After the death of her parents, Angel has a lot to get used to: a new home, a new family, a new school. The last thing she’s interested in is making new friends. Until
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published January 25th 2018)
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Summer Angel and Bavar are both 12 years old. It is more of a friendship that could possibly grow into a relationship. There is no romance.
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-fiction
Ohhh. I loved this book SO MUCH.

The embarrassing truth is that when it comes to the genres that I write in myself, I am the worst, most demanding and pickiest reader. All sorts of objectively-good MG fantasy novels have left me cold over the last few years or just been abandoned by me after a chapter or two because I didn't care enough to keep going. But this one? With this one, I *fell in love.*

A FAR AWAY MAGIC has the wonderfully well-rounded characters and emotional intensity that I love in
Brandy Painter
Writing a retelling of Beauty and the Beast for a MG audience is no mean feat, yet Wilson pulls it off brilliantly here. The themes of "Beauty and the Beast" are such that making them both palatable and relatable for this age bracket is a challenge. In this version the "beast" is a young boy born to fight monsters and hold them back from humanity thanks to a family curse and ancestors who didn't know when enough was enough. The "beauty" is a young girl who can see the magic and is drawn in due t ...more
Samantha Stiven
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an excellent read which kept me gripped to the end. Bavar and Angel are beautiful characters and Amy has done a fabulous job of showing their beauty and bravery though difficult and scary times.

I think this book is a read for older children, I think my 8 year old would find it a little scary however my 11 year old has been enjoying it so far. I think the complex emotions running through it may be lost by a younger child so if they read it when younger it would be one to pick up again when
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: attempted
I'm going to DNF this for the moment. It's a cute story. I just can't get into it. I was wanting more, and I forgot this was MG. I will totally pick this back up again! It's well written and there is NOTHING wrong with it. Just not what I'm in the mood for right now. :)
Naomi Bowen
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beautifully written book from the talented Amy Wilson, although this book has a very different feel to A Girl called Owl That drew on folk and fairy tale elements while this has a kind of mystical Harry Potter and Narnia feel to it.

The characters were so sweet & realistic. I particularly loved Bavar & his struggle to do better than his family. The loss these children faced was heart breaking.

I loved the quirky house with the talking pictures too.

A very powerf
Kaitlin Stiven
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good book! Full of magic and friendship.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it

I was drawn to this book having read it was an imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I think that despite the connection with the famous fairy tale is pretty loose (and nearly goes unnoticed if you do not look for it), Angel and Bavar has the potential to be a captivating Middle-Grade fantasy book about the power of friendship.
Bavar and Angel (well, especially Bavar) are both lonely, both hunted and broken (each one in their own way, though) and it's easy to ro
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This beautiful, magical story will have you sat in suspense throughout! Not knowing what to expect, I was shocked by Amy Wilson’s fantastic fantasy children’s story that exceeded all expectations. As beautiful as the cover illustration, this delightful read kept me hanging on In suspense right through to the very last page. Anyone who wants to read something highly original, unique and completely addictive should definitely give this book a try. With a cast of colorful characters, one is taken o ...more
Sarah Hay
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting re-imaging of Beauty and the Beast, though not my favorite and had I not known that is what it was I might not have made the connection. Also, I had a very hard time believing the characters were as young as they are supposed to be in the book, they seemed more teen range than tween.
Angels parents are killed in what is called a robbery gone wrong but she is certain that it was something else more sinister that killed them. When she is placed in foster care she meets Bavar at he
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of unlikely friendship, seeing people when they’re invisible and fighting evil monsters. I really enjoyed this. Bavar and Angel are a brilliant team. I loved Bavar’s magical house! Angel’s relationship with her foster parents is touching.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
A book with an interesting concept but execution... I feel like it would work better without the fantasy elements and just about 2 kids dealing with the loss of parental figures.
Dani Scott
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story is very inventive and interesting and I definitely cared about the characters. For all that, though, I did not enjoy this book. In thinking about it afterward, I wondered if maybe this should have been a series that unfolded over time rather than a slim book that wrapped itself up with a tidy bow by the end.

Angel is a bright spark and I really enjoyed the descriptions of how Bavar saw her. Her backstory was fleshed out (to a degree) and you definitely care about her right away. What
Sumbal Saba
Loved this book ...
Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
‘Hauntingly beautiful and richly enchanting… A Far Away Magic is sure to cast its spell over you. Magic is most definitely not far away with this one, in fact it’s in every moment.’

Moving all alone to a new home, a new school, a new family, Angel finds herself mother and fatherless, friendless and faceless. Living with her foster family, whom in the beginning she never really gives a chance, she however starts to see something in someone deep within the shadows at school. The same kind of something th
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
How disappointing. MG books always shine when it comes to writing about friendship, but I felt no spark.

This is the second book I read by this author and I think I can say by now her books aren't for me. There is always a spark missing, and in this book it is based on the fact I didn't care for the friendship between Angel and Bavar.

Angel has to get used to a whole new life after the death of her parents and Bavar makes it infinitely more interesting and easy. He
Short and sweet, and absolutely spectacular!

I read it in one sitting and adored every minute of it.
There's a fantastic balance between the PoVs and the grip of each narrative is fleeting in a way that both mimics the hazy hold on reality each kid has and also prevents the reader from getting bogged down in useless details like questions about the setting (nameless small town, probably not in England), or like a hundred other usually-major-concerns.

It's just GORGEOUS
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes when I read a book, I just want to ask the universe where this book was when I was a girl and NEEDED it. But since Amy Wilson probably wasn't old enough to write it when I was a kid, I'll just give her mad props for having the courage to write it! Angel and Bavar is a middle grades retelling of Beauty and the Beast that embraces the heart of the story while still being appropriate for kiddos. I think Madeline L'Engle is the one who said that if a story is too hard for adults, you shoul ...more
Carina Olsen
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted so badly to love this. Because that cover is completely stunning. And the summary was so good too. And so I could not resist getting this via Edelweiss. It is coming out this November, though it is already out in the UK, I found out. I could not resist reading this book so early. And it did not take me long to read it.

But oh, how I wish I could say that I loved this book. I wanted to, so badly. But I did not love it. Not even one bit. I'm even giving it two stars. Which is a
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!!

I have been so excited over this release. I picked it up at 4 am and finished it before 9 am!
Couldn't put it down - went through three!! coffees all cozied-up on the couch and melted into this tale. So satisfied at the ending and sad all the same that there wasn't more and THAT is the kind of read I want.

I love the characters. Neither are emotionally sound, which is completely reasonable for ages 12 and 13. They're not only trying to understand themselve
Tasya Dita
Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Edelweiss plus in exchange for an honest review

DNF at 39%

I really tried to at least reached that 50% mark, but it's been almost a month and tbh, this book is putting me in a reading slump.

I think the premise of this book is interesting, but unfortunately the execution fails me. Angel creeps me out, one look at Bavar and she decided to stalk him. To barge into his life, forcing him to fight, and even though she felt guilty, she also feels happy for getting into his/>DNF
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-reads
This is such a sweet book that shows just how important friendship can be when suffering through grief.

“Angel and Bavar” is a story about a boy who wishes to be invisible as he suffers under the weight of responsibility and fear of becoming a monster and the girl who sees him as she herself is hoping to disappear following the traumatic deaths of her parents and together the discover they are stronger together than they ever were apart.

I really love the concept of this and how it begins with A
Clare N
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
(I did read an advanced reader's copy, meaning it was not the final published book, if that makes any difference) The cover is gorgeous, the premise is great, and overall the basic story line is good. I also enjoyed the chapters describing the house; it had a really strong aesthetic. But the entire book seemed a bit like a dream; there was actually a chapter when I thought the characters were dreaming because of how it jumped right into the action with no lead up or context. I typically love dif ...more
Stephen Connor
It took me a while to get into this one, but, once I did, it was well worth it.

Told from two perspectives, Bavar and Angel are outsiders who connect. Bavar is a seven-foot-tall giant of a boy, seen by some and not by others, and he lives with the weight of magic on his shoulders. Portraits talk to him, ancestors give advice on his home, and he is the next in line to defend the rift, a break into another world which has been opened and allows the raksasa through. The only trouble is, Bavar doesn
Katina Wright
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading ‘A Far Away Magic’ was an exciting and delightful experience. This magical story is original both in writing style and content, casting a spell that allows us to become completely immersed. I fell in love with the wonderful characters of Angel and Bavar, as I was carried with them on their journey. Set in the modern day but with a fantastical twist, their problems and actions are completely relatable and believable, whether dealing with monsters, magic or grief. The emotive descriptions ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
My Review: When I found out this was a beauty and the beast retelling I was like YES PLEASE!! OMG YES YES YES!! Then I started the book and yes I understand that this was for the middle-grade reader it just wasn't what I was expecting it to be. I think in this one my main issue was Bavar that side of the story was just confusing to no end and I ended up reading his parts more than a few times just to try to get it fleshed out in my mind. Angel was ok at best. In the end for the characters, I jus ...more
Cover Quote: "One Beauty. One Beast. One Enchantment to Break."

Character Development: Angel and Bavar are each scarred by their early childhood memories - their parents disappearing from their lives in mysterious ways. They learn a few lessons along the way, but I couldn't say I ever really got to know either of them.

World Building: Earth with magical elements and a Gothic style house provide the backdrop for a spooky retelling.

Writing Style: Accessibly to rea
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Once I adapted to the unusual, lyrical writing, I really enjoyed Angel and Bavar`s story. Angel is reeling from the loss of her parents in very strange circumstances, and Bavar is grappling with meeting his destiny, which is related to Angel`s parents` death. I loved watching their friendship develop over the course of the novel as it was so sweet in places yet still went through ups and downs, and I thought the magic was fascinating. It wasn`t quite like anything I`ve ever seen in a fantasy or ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Falling somewhere just north of the average junior fiction reading level, Wilson's take on the Beauty & the Beast folk tale is both sweet and a bit on the nose, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Young readers are invited to consider their fellow travelers with a more generous, forgiving eye, finding both the injured Angels and the wounded but brave and capable Bavars amongst their own acquaintances. No one is undeserving of a little love and support, this book argues. Behind the brightes ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
The magic in this book was so astonishing and the relationship that Angel and Bavar shared was heartwarming. I cannot say i did not have high expectations going into this book, as Amy Wilson is my favorite author, but this book has not only impressed me even more, it made me look at the world just a bit differently.
Wilson's writing was just as wonderful as ever, I am truly in love with her writing, the way she captures the magic and how every single character has depth and a story.
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Amy Wilson has a background in journalism and lives in Bristol with her young family. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing and has many owls in her house, from drawer handles to cushions. She is still waiting for them to speak to her...