Source: Received a copy from author in exchange for an honest review, no compensation.
Release date: January 2nd, 2013
Edition: Ebook & Paperback
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy
Synopsis via 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....
*Disclaimer: If you have read my reviews lately you have seen almost all 4's. Yes, I do realize it and no I am not an inflated rater, just ask my student's about their midterms grades. :) However, as a book reviewer I usually do not post overly negative reviews on the blog. I want to use this space to promote books that are overall good books! This being said I pick almost 95% percent of the books that I review, so I know that I will like the content.
Ok, onto the actual review of this magical awesomeness. Puppet Spell is a YA fantasy in the vein of the Chronicles of Narnia or even a Wrinkle in Time. The characters find themselves in a parallel magical land under the rule of the Puppeteer. I am not going to lie the Puppeteer freaks me out, it's just plain creepy. It's like Coraline but in book form, scary! With no magical training, Lexa and Marlon have to find Lucinda and save everybody from the Puppeteer.
I despised Lucinda's character, what a brat! She reminded me of Edward in the beginning of the Chronicles of Narnia. They are extremely selfish and think nothing about the implications of their actions. However, I am very thankful for Lexa and Marlon
as characters. I really enjoyed Lexa's voice throughout the novel and felt that she was a very brave young lady.
The only negative thing I think some readers may find is that it is quite high fantasy. I loved it but I could see some readers finding it to be too much!
The book is suitable for readers above 8 and I loved it as an adult reader. I would recommend this book to readers that like heavy fantasy reads, magical lands, and are looking for new adventure. I will definitely be reading the second!