Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I am delighted to be sharing my review of Mirror Magic by Claire Fayers with you all today as part of the blog tour. Just look at all those fantastic bloggers taking part! Please do check out the posts so far and continue to follow the journey for the lats week of the tour too!
Author: Claire Fayers
Genre: Children/Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: June 14th 2018
Format: Paperback (304 pages)
When twelve-year-old Ava and her brother return to their birthplace of Wyse, they discovers that their once magical town has been losing its charms under the control of Lord Skinner. Uncovering a working magic mirror, Ava opens an unauthorized link to the twinned town of Unwyse, where she meets Howell, one of the unlucky Fair Folk who is being pursued by the terrifying Mr Bones.
Discovering that they are the joint guardians of a grumpy old book that can tell the future, the new friends are unexpectedly launched headlong into an adventure to uncover the mysterious link between Mr Bones and Lord Skinner, and to find out what’s happening to the waning magic that connects their two worlds.
My Rating: ★★★★
Mirror Magic is simply brilliant.
A truly magical and captivating adventure that will have young readers itching to jump through mirrors to visit the otherworld. I love books that take every day objects and make them magical because I think that’s what truly captures our imagination: the “what if?” of whether or not there are Fair folk on the other side waiting for our orders.
I loved that there was such a big mystery involved in this story and I had fun along the way trying to guess what was going to happen next and who the bad and good guys were. It was full of suspense and intrigue from beginning to end and I was a big fan of how it all panned out.
The worlds of Wyse and Unwyse are captivating and I loved how closely they resembled one another. Using a setting of the border between Wales and England for the town of Wyse was really clever because it yet again feeds into the feeling of “if this was going to happen, that’s the kind of place where it would” and I think that will have young readers minds buzzing with excitement. The possibility that this could all be real!
I adored the characters in this book. Ava was an immediate favourite and so was Howell. They both go on quite the journey throughout this book and it was nice to see how their friendship changed and developed over time. The baddies in this book were slightly terrifying especially Mr Bones! He may even have caused me nightmares as a young reader!
Overall, Mirror Magic is an entertaining, funny and intriguing read that will keep readers of all ages guessing along. But would you want to go through the mirror? I’m not sure I would!
A big thanks to Karen and Claire for sending me a copy of the book in exchange of a fair and honest review and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
Have you read Mirror Magic?
Will you be adding it to your TBR?