Reviewed by Maryom
In an article somewhere recently, Hazel Allan was being praised as the next JK Rowling. "Not another one!" I thought, "unknown writer brings out a book with a bit of magic in it and quicker than you can say Harry Potter they're being heralded as the new JKR". Now, I could never quite understand what all the fuss was about with HP - good, yes, but worth all those hysterical children? err, no. Anyway, I was intrigued when offered this book to review by Hazel Allan, herself.
Bree McCready wins an unusual prize - the Half-Heart Locket - in a school competition and finds herself whisked away on a series of amazing adventures. With her friends Honey and Sandy, she must follow the clues given in a mysterious, magical book, over the moon rainbow, in a non-stop race against time, to save the book, and the world, from the clutches of the evil Thalofedril.
Does it compare to Harry Potter? Not really but that's because it's not the same nature of book. It's a snappier, more action-packed, faster paced read, with less introspection and angst.
It's billed as a 9+ read and I was asked by my 13 year old daughter if she would like it, was it too 'young'? No, a quick lighter read for her maybe but still enjoyable.
It's a marvelous story with breath-taking rooftop escapes, a montrous villain, kind hearted helpers along the way, tear-jerking moments, oh, and horses - what more could you want in a book.
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Strident Publishing
Genre - Children'sFantasy and Adventure