Friday, 11 January 2013
The Puppet Spell by E.L. Adams Review
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!
When I was sent this debut novel to review I was a little bit hesitant but only for one reason. I have been sent so many fantasy and magical novels that I was beginning to wonder just how different another one could possibly be.
Well, I honestly shouldn't have been all that worried. Reading this, you really wouldn't believe that it is E.L. Adams debut novel at all. She writes with such an assured style it's as if she has been a published writer for years. Another thing that really struck me about this novel is it's wonderfully creepy cover so kudos to the artist.
While this is a 'young adult' novel, there is still plenty for us older fantasy fans to like. The characters are one of the major plus points of this novel. They really do feel true to life, even when the magical and chilling moments start happening around them. The reactions by the characters are great in that they're not perfect heroes. In fact, the characters are flawed and make loads of mistakes. To a seasoned fantasy reader and fan such as myself, that really does make a nice change.
Another character I liked was that of the incredibly unreliable Chimera, who while being a complete badass of a character, isn't always there when needed and that sometimes leads to the characters having to come up with genius ways of staying safe.
There are some brilliantly chilling moments in this book but I wouldn't say it's too scary for the 'young adults' amongst us. The chills are in the same vein as the 'Harry Potter' series in that they're there and spook the readers mind without giving them nightmares. Yet at the same time, they've not been dumbed down at all.
When I got to the end to the book it honestly left me wanting to read more about the characters, more of their adventures, more about the characters of the Fey and of the Puppeteer.
I sincerely hope there's going to be a second book because we have most definitely got a new writer in the fantasy and young adult genres and she's here to stay.
If her debut is this good then I can't wait to see the next ones. Go out and buy, a definite worthy purchase for fans of the genre. Also if you are a fan of authors such as Enid Blyton (but with a more magical twist) and J.K. Rowling then give E.L. Adams a read. You'll be glad you did.