Horror, Young Adult/Children

The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler

I am setting myself a near-impossible task to shake the lethargy that I have sunk into when it comes to actually doing something other than routine tasks (i.e. reading, cooking and even some cleaning). I need to get more than six reviews written and have been postponing it, waiting for inspiration to strike and it is making me lazier than ever. Now that the temperatures have risen, I am waking earlier, and I should start putting it to better use!!

As of the posting of this, it is still available to request on NetGalley.

This was a different book than I expected it to be. Although I have tried out quite a few children/middle-grade books before, there was probably only one other in this specific genre. It borders on Horror in the sense that there is bad magic including villains of that particular ilk.

The copy I read did not have any illustrations. If it did, I might have rated it higher, but for the most part, it was interesting to read. It has three distinct narrators, each with a different background, outlook on life and zeal for the future. Each was unique, which would have been hard to do given the circumstances, and they all have their quirks. We have Leander who has just run away from the only home he remembers into greater danger. This greater danger is explained to him by Charlotte and Felix, who have been around longer and seen more. The arrival of Leander seems to help bring a change into how they see things. As an adult, a few of the twists were pretty obvious, but I think children would not see it coming. There is an ominous atmosphere throughout with seances and the aforementioned bad magic. The sense of desperation permeates well, but at its end, it is a story of the triumph of good over evil, and all the loose ends are tied up well.

I would recommend it to people who like reading ‘different’ middle-grade books, and since I haven’t tested it out on someone of the target age, I can only leave it to their adults to decide.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley, and the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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