There are two more wonderful reviews up today. The first is from my friend and fellow music snob, Lara Neves at Overstuffed. It is always a bit scary to ask a friend to review your book. What if they hate it? You don't want to put them in an awkward situation, nor do you want to be disappointed--but I asked Lara anyway because she does very good, incisive reviews and it was worth the risk. Happily, she liked it: "Braden manages to write a fun book that is very appealing to the age group it is written for while still including poignant lessons about good vs. evil and light vs. darkness. The second best thing about this book is the fight between the good guys and the bad guys that takes place in Disneyworld on the Small World ride....And once you've read it, you can sit on pins and needles for the sequel, like I am." (Read more here)
The other review today is from Diana at Book Adventures. Diana reviews the book, providing some perceptive analysis but then did something I thought was fun and unique: she discussed the food items in the book so you could have a party. I love that idea! Diana also noted the basis of the magic in the book. It's not meant to be a religious allegory like the Narnia books, but I was influenced by my beliefs and it was interesting that she picked right up on that. "Braden Bell has done a great job at creating story both rich and intriguing, especially for the target audience (middle school kids). The magic system, taking much from Christian belief--especially the Latter-day Saint faith, is well thought out and entwines itself very well with the plot and characters." (Read more here)
Also--remember the giveaway my publisher is doing. All you have to do is go here and say what magic power you would like to have. (scroll down and leave a comment).
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