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The Transparency Tonic

(Potion Masters #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  50 reviews
It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 16th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Katie W
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gordy and the gang are back to their adventures in this next installment in the Potion Masters series and you must read Book 1 to understand this one.

These kids are now in 8th grade and a secret world of elixirists has been unveiled. There are so many foes abounding about and new characters emerge, which makes it difficult for Gordy and his friends to know who to trust. This society is mystical and fascinating, especially as danger escalates. The unexpected twists and turns make for a very exc
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Transparency Tonic is another wild, exciting ride from Frank Cole. I love Frank's books. They are always full of adventure, clever plots, characters you care about, and fun twists and turns. This book had all that, and more. I loved it! Gordy is one smart kid, with an amazing ability. I love Gordy's mom and Aunt Priss. There are so many exciting things that happen in this book. It is so fun and clever. The bad guys are inventive and there are characters that keep you guessing. The last few c ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love finding books that I can enjoy on my own, or reading with my kids. This book is one of those! The first thing that you need to do though is read the first one! Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir was also great! You’re not going to understand this one without having read that one though.

The main character in this book is Gordy. He’s in eighth grade. And he can make crazy potions that do all sorts of things. One of my favorites is the one that makes the ground turn to quicksand, sucking wh
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This review will be spoiler free! However, there are likely to be spoilers for the first book in the Potion Masters series so if you haven't read it yet (WHY?????) now is the time to back away and snag yourself
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Gordy and the gang are back in The Transparency Tonic and are out to keep B.R.E.W. safe. 

It has been about a year since I read the first book and this one was just as enjoyable.  I read a lot so it did take me a short time to get back into the swing of the story and the characters, but once I refamiliarized myself it was like I had just finished the first book.  The author has a way of weaving a tale and making it enjoyable for all ages, not just the younger crowd.  I enjoyed the creativity of t
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE TRANSPARENCY TONIC is another thrilling, potion-riddled, ride in the Potion Masters series. Middle grade readers who love quirky characters and plenty of magic and action will love this read!

These characters are so fun! They each have their own unique talents and personalities and it's very easy to connect with them. The potions, mysteries, and action were all exciting and kept things entertaining from beginning to end. It was fun to try to figure out what would happen and the clues about wh
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am was so excited to be able to review this book. The first book was soooo good, and I knew it would only get better from there.

Once upon a time there was a boy named Gordy who was an amazing potion maker. His mother saw something in him that both excited her and terrified her. She knew that her boy was special, and that might get him in trouble some day. He has already had to face trials, but this new adventure brings even more.

Mezzarix, is Gordy's grandfather, and he is a master at potion m
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This. This is a fantastic series. The first book POTION MASTERS: THE EXTERNITY ELIXIR was fantastic. And this next installment is equally as good. The creative potions that are brewed, the twists and turns in the plot, the action level, everything about it is incredible. I had so much fun reading it. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. My kids are sure to love this one, as will all their friends and anyone else who will take my suggestion. I highly recommend this story and can't wait for the ...more
A.L. Sowards
I read this one with my 8yo twins and we all enjoyed it. It’s the second in a series, and I’d suggest reading the first book first. I’m not sure how many more books there will be, but there’s at least one more, and we’re looking forward to reading it.

This series takes middle-grade readers into the potion-making community, a group of talented elixirists and drams (elixirists-in-training) hidden within a normal contemporary world. There are the good potion-makers, organized and governed by B.R.E.W
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was eager to pick up this second volume in the Potion Masters series. I found it to be a worthy sequel. In fact, the ending left me wanting the next book immediately. After the trouble that Gordy and his family and friends confronted in the first book, I expected Gordy to be a bit more cautious about the people around him, but like many teenagers, he wasn't. Despite his families precautions in dropping him off at school and trying to protect him from his enemies, Gordy finds himself in a great ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing style is drab and this book could use a better editor. Bumping up the star count as it's meant for a possibly less discerning audience.
Note to self: In the future, check whether a book is YA before volunteering to review it!
Disclaimer: I received this in a giveaway in exchange for a review.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Fun books and wow what an ending! I think I need book 3 right about now. This is really a great series!
J.D. DeHart
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A most creative book and quite engaging for a wide range of readers. I would gladly recommend The Transparency Tonic to young adults as well as seasoned literacy vets. Interesting, riveting, and well worth the read.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review. I have read the first book and enjoyed it very much because it was imaginative and entertaining enough that it was a very quick read and our patrons that I've recommended the book to have enjoyed it as well.

The second book was a lot like the first book being just as imaginative and entertaining as the first book. This will definitely make our young patrons excited and we definitely will be adding this book to our
Jenni Frencham
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cole, Frank. The Transparency Tonic. Shadow Mountain, 2019.

Gordy is continuing his education as a dram at B.R.E.W., aided by his friends Max and Adilene. His family has moved into a new house, and there is a new principal at Gordy's school as well. The principal's daughter is a dram like Gordy, but Gordy thinks there's something odd about her and her family. Meanwhile, Gordy's grandfather, who has been exiled in a cave in the frozen north, has escaped and is pursuing means to make his escape per
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gordy is an elixirist in training. He has been granted special privileges to have two lab assistants. His mom is his adviser at B.R.E.W, at least until she is suddenly demoted by her new boss. Aunt Priss hasn’t been seen in a long time. And, the new principal and his daughter (Sasha Brexil) could be a problem. Especially, since Sasha is also an elixirist in training. B.R.E.W.’s enemies seem to be mounting a war with Gordy and his family stuck in the middle. Could Gordy’s exceptional abilities ge ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, zaudio
"This is book 2 in the series. I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed the 1st book. This is a quick paced book and develops quickly. I do recommend reading book 1 before reading this one.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review."
Mark Buxton
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Adilene, and I really hope to become a Dram like my friend Drew. My new friend Cadence may be able to help, although she hasn't made potions herself. I really don't know that much about her and don't know where she came from. Drew's mother has been fired from B.R.E.W., and he's been banned from her basement lab. Drew has Blind Batched some dangerous potions but doesn't remember doing it, and his grandfather Mezzarix is missing from the Forbidden Zone. What's going on?! Actually, I don ...more
Tessa Joy
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life has somewhat calmed down for Gordy and his friends since stopping Esmeralda from overthrowing B.R.E.W. (Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide). Because of his potion-mixing skills, Gordy is working on becoming an Elixirist with the help of his two best friends, Max and Adilene. While concocting his potions, Gordy goes into a hypnotic state or “Blind Batching” and unknowingly creates some destructive brews. Because of this, Gordy’s mother loses her job at B.R.E.W. and it’s Chamber President e ...more
Jessica Bronder
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been almost a year since Gordy and his friends helped save B.R.E.W. and the vessel. Gordy, Max, and Adilene are now in 8th grade. Things are going well until Gordy and Max are paired up for school and Adilene feels left out Until she finds someone that says they can help her become a potion master on her own.

Gordy is trying to push his ability and starts zoning out and Blind Batching. But this practice is frowned on and Gordy’s mother gets into trouble. Things don’t go well for Gordy eit
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did not like The Transparency Tonic as well as I liked The Eternity Elixir. This book was darker with more evil triumphing over good. The book is well-written and Frank Cole continues the story started in the first book. He continues to develop the three main characters of Gordy, Max and Adilene. There is some fore-shadowing when a new character enters the picture and convinces Adilene to behave in a way she wouldn't have previously. There are several new characters in the book and at times th ...more
Coralee Hicks
Book 2 finds Gordy 9 months older, a bit more introspective, and up to his neck in issues with potion brewing and problems with B.R.E.W. Gordy's family has relocated to a home after his previous
home was destroyed in book 1. He has chosen Max as his 'lab partner' to assist him in training. This choice has made Adilene feel increasingly isolated leaving her vulnerable to a new threat.

The threat comes in the form of a shape shifting person who is powerful enough to entice both Mezzerix Rock (Gordy
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting ride full of twists and turns from Frank Cole. Potions was my favorite part of most magical books so I was so excited to read the first Potion Masters book. The second is even better! Full of adventure, daring plots, complex characters, and lots of fun.

Gordy’s amazing talents are explored in more depth and a dark side to his Blind Batching is shown. The villains are creepy and challenge the whole gang’s growing skills. With disappointments, betrayals, and invisible enemies, ther
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a roaring second book in the series.
The first book had to do the world building, and I understand that. This one did not wait one second before launching into the action.
Poor Gordy is beset with issues. He had to move, his mom is in trouble at work, and wait, who is this new girl and how can he get his training without a lab partner?
So many details. I loved the back and forth here, the way that Gordy is pulled in multiple directions, and his issues feed into his friend's Adilene's iss
Trisha Perry
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to the wonderful first book Potion Masters Eternity Elixir, and it is well worth the wait. This book has just as much action and suspense if not more, you will be reading past your bedtime until you are finished. Gordy and his friends have teamed up again to fight against those that wish to do harm to innocent people and the elixirists at B.R.E.W. like his mom. But strange things have been happening, Gordy brewing strange things and not remembering doing it, the new chancellor ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun addition to the growing series. Loved learning about all the new potions and the fun and creepy ingredients used in each. I had a fun time trying to figure out what was really happening behind the scenes, and I know I have to wait a while, but I'm looking forward to the next installment!

The friend, Max, started to get more annoying in this book than in the first one. He doesn't let up, and I wanted to scream at Gordy for doing things, even though he knew better. It's that whole idea of movi
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked that this book told the reader more about the main characters from the first book in the series as well as introducing new characters. Gordy and his friends attend junior high and they make a point about the 7th graders being the youngest in the school. I think that readers who attend a middle school won't relate as well, but that's not significant to the story. My favorite part of this book is the cat car introduced in chapter 2. Parents might want to be aware that this book has more pe ...more
Amalie Simper
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is a continuation of Gordy and his friends understanding of the world of potions and it’s community. This book deals with the attempted overthrow of BREW the head quarters of the potion world. It affects not only all the workers of BREW, but Gordys immediate family, his aunt, his grandfather, and all his friends....and enemies. There are lots of clues placed along the way as we watch the outcome of the “bad guys” trying to overtake the community. It was actually a decent story line and ...more
Kimberly Souza
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the second installment in the Potion Masters series. The pace really picked up in this book, and many secrets were revealed. Frank Cole's writing is exciting, inventive, and fun. I love his characters, and how alive they are. I can't wait for book three.
Tom Malinowski
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great magical blend of humor, suspense, coming of age decisions, and creative names for potions. Gordy and his friends and his family have to come up with plans as a mysterious invisible turning potion is in play along with B.R.E.W. being brought down. So good!
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Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 100,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. Frank has been published with Cedar Fort Books, Delacorte ...more

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