R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!)
Creative Must (Does something different really well.)
I had to stay up last night just to finish this book. While the beginning was a little slow with world-building, the pace quickly grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. As a humorous breakdown of horror stereotypes in a MG novel, the characters really came to life. Majordomo-the Frankenstein monster, Cook and her son Angus-minotaurs, Serenissima-she’s completely unique, and Pins-a voodoo doll come to life. Here’s what you need to know about this book!
Great characterization and well-rounded cast
Main character had to confront a bully, but she had great support from friends
Catch more flies with honey not vinegar trope well-used
Twisted horror tropes
Firm conclusion with space for a sequel (NOT a cliff-hanger ending)
Fun art throughout
Enjoyable for all ages
Beginning was a little slow to set the stage
The tasks and Board of Magic were a bit confusing at times
This is definitely a title every library should have, and it should be added to bully prevention lists for its portrayal of support.
Reviewed from an uncorrected proof.