Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Book Review: Chase Tinker and the House of Magic by Malia Ann Haberman

General Information

Publisher: Self published
Series: The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1
Number of pages: 277 pages

Plot summary: (blurb)

Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker's usually-normal life has taken an unexpected turn. Several shocking family secrets have come to light and he's seriously freaked out about it. His missing dad, bizarre magical powers, a grandfather he thought to be long dead, a fantastic, out-of-this-world magical house, and an evil Dark Enemy determined to destroy Chase's family are only part of all the craziness. Now Chase, along with his younger brother Andy and his cousin Janie, must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time figuring out what's happened to his dad, unraveling even more Tinker lies and secrets, while not letting on that he has a crush on the housekeeper's daughter.

Positive points

There were many positive points to this charming story. The author did a great job with keeping this book filled with action from the first chapter to the last. This is so important when writing for a young audience who tire very easily when reading books. The characters were likable and realistic. They all had their good and bad points like in real life. Each chapter led you to want to read just one more to find out where the story would lead you next. A great story for young readers.

Negative points

I found a few POV slips and some technical issues that were more a case of writer style rather than mistakes. I noticed them more only because of my writing background, but they didn't take away anything from the enjoyment of the story.

What makes this book unique

I found the setting the most unique part about this story. A lot of the action takes place in a magical house full of all kinds of wonders.

Overall impression

This is a great, fast-paced action story filled with magic. It is perfect for it's targeted audience and for those 'older' kids which includes anyone who enjoys reading this type of story.

My rating

I would love to give this five stars, but because of the technical issues I have to deduct one star simply for fairness and honesty.

Meet the author

Once upon a time a girl named Malia dreamed of being an author. She wanted to write books that everyone in the whole universe could read and enjoy. So she packed a snack and happily set out on the road of life. But times being what they were, she was attacked by dreadful dragons and greedy goblins and terrible trolls who all tried their hardest to stomp her dream into dust. Brandishing her well-sharpened pencil at them, she bravely yelled, "You will not stop me, you wicked fiends! Away with you, or I'll stab you with my trusty writing implement!" And so they fled to shiver and hide in dank caves and dark holes.

One day, out of the blue, the most incredible, awesome idea came to her. She was so excited, she hugged her furry ferret friend and happy-danced all around the kingdom. Then, putting fingertips to keyboard, she typed out a magical story to end all magical stories, filling it with fun, magic, adventure, thrills, loathsome bad guys, and feisty, just-go-for-it characters, and even a troll or two. After many more trials and tribulations, all four of her books were finally published and ready to read and enjoy. Yay! Now, she's busily working on the sequel.

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