My stop on the blog tour is a review of The Puppet Spell by E.L. Adams.
From goodreads: 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 catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master…
I enjoyed this debut novel by Emily L. Adams. In this book, she has created a world, parallel to ours, in which magic is alive. People, called overseers, can jump between worlds through gateways to make sure things between the two worlds are running smoothly. Lexa and Marlon stumble through a gateway and into this new world. They receive some information of the world and of the use of magic before they embark on a quest to rescue Lexa’s sister, Lucinda, who has inadvertently become a ‘puppet’ of a powerful fey.
I immediately felt for the main character, Lexa. She has always felt overshadowed by her twin sister Lucinda. That has made her made her doubt her abilities, and made her confidence falter. I admired Marlon, who in his logical approach to problems, always stuck up for and believed in Lexa. It was fun to see how he discovered how to see through an illusion–because it looped like the setting in a video game! Throughout the book, Lexa had to rely on Marlon and her uncle’s Chimera to get her out of trouble. But by the end, I liked how she starts to believe in herself and her magical abilities enough to save both the magical world and her own.
I found myself swept away in Adams’ writing, it is very honest and at times, poetic. I loved this description, “I could have sworn the forest as a whole was moving, very slowly, drawing itself around thre town like a cloak.” Adams has a vivid imagination, and it shows in the world she created for this novel. I loved the houses carved of stone to look like animals. How cool would that be to walk down a street where all the houses were different animals? I also loved the description of the kingdom in the clouds. All the characters and settings were very creative and distinct. It was fun to see that people could use magic, and they could also create things made of magic. I loved the idea of cars with magic running through them to navigate around things more effectively. This was a fun new world that I enjoyed seeing through Lexa’s eyes. I would love to see more of this world and of these characters. Maybe in a sequel?
To read more, you can find the first chapter here
Content: very little violence and language
Excerpt From The Puppet Spell
‘An invisibility potion.’ I stared at it, as if the letters might rearrange themselves at will. ‘Are you kidding me?’
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