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The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz
( Algonquin Young Readers ~ April 25, 2017)
I’m just going to come right out and say it: I loved this book. It was such an exciting ride through a fantasy world ripe with magic and adventure. The imagery was fantastic and vivid (I was able to visualize everything so clearly in my mind), and the characters had such neat and contrasting personalities. They had big hearts and a spunk that really added to the excitement of the story. And having two main characters working (mostly) together, one male and one female, was a great decision on Horwitz’s part, in my opinion. Young readers can easily be swayed to read or not read a book if the characters are all boys or all girls, etc, so this cast of characters is a great way to appeal to more potential readers.
As I read Carmer & Grit, I kept thinking to myself that if I loved the story this much as an adult, I can only imagine how blown away I’d have been had I read it as a middle grade youngster. I cannot say enough how fun and exciting it was to get lost in this world of magic, filled with magicians and fairies. There were a few places where the “evil” got a bit dark, which could possibly be a bit scary for younger readers, but overall I think this book will be highly enjoyed by fantasy fans.
Amber has spent her entire life with her nose buried in a book, and the only thing she enjoys more than reading books is telling other people about them. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree, and spends her “9-5” in the land of books. She resides in the upper Midwest with her husband and their two feline furbabies, Nacho and Chili. Amber can be found chatting about books on Instagram (@AmberK1120), Twitter (@AMK1120), and WordPress (www.booksandcatsandcoffee.wordpress.com).