Book Review: The Uncanny Raven Winston
Happy Friday Bookworms!
Congratulations on making it this far in the week. You fought valiantly and are worthy of any knighthood!
My lame attempt at being silly aside, it’s book review time!
This time I read an ARC of The Uncanny Raven Winston by Tammie Painter.
I could go on endlessly about how awesome this author is, but to put it in a nutshell, she is a really talented wordsmith and I simply love her style of writing. After reading the first book in this series, The Undead Mr. Tenpenny (my review here), I had to know what happened next, so I jumped right in!
There’s nothing like an evil wizard to ruin a perfectly good trip to London.
Ever have one of those weeks? You’ve taken an overdose of magic, you’ve magically melted a twelve-year old, and Magic HQ has just sent a letter “requesting” you come by to discuss your magic control issues.
No? Just me then?
I don’t want to go. After all, I’ve got a boss in a wheelchair (my fault), a cat who demands his treats on schedule, and a strong desire not to get involved in another magical community.
But when someone slips me information tying my parents’ disappearance to HQ, I can’t pack my bags quickly enough.
I’m soon destroying historical displays, befriending befuddled ghosts, and focusing more on uncovering the truth about my past than on studying. Which, given HQ has a magic test for me that if I fail…well, best not to think about that.
This second book of the Cassie Black Trilogy squeezes you through a magic portal, lodges you in a hidden spot of the Tower of London, and teaches you the real reason Mr. Tenpenny hates those Harry Potter references.
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I gave this book four fantastic stars!
Cassie’s had quite a bit of bad luck since the dead started coming back to life, and after failing to defeat the Mauvais things are more dangerous than ever. She knows he is out there plotting something terrible. So when the HQ of magic summons her to protect all the magic within her, she hops on the chance to find out more about her parents and how to control her wild magic. Can Cassie pull this off, or is she destined for failure?
This was such a fun book! All the great stuff that was in the first one was here, and it was very enjoyable.
First and foremost it was quirky fun with a capital q, and I mean that in the best way!
There were so many great moments in this book. I loved Cassie’s perspective and how funny she was. I laughed out loud several times while reading this, which is pretty rare for me (I’m more like those corpses Cassie keeps resurrecting).
Cassie had quite a bit more character progression in this book, and I really loved that. She delved into her magic and the mystery of her parents disappearance, as well as fought some lingering demons that just love to torment her and make her second guess herself. I could totally relate, and I had little trouble shouting from the sidelines for her.
Like the last book, the plot was great! Magic, mystery, mayhem, it’s all here, and it was fast paced, my favorite! I think the different setting was a nice departure, and the stakes are so much higher this time around.
To be fair, I’ll list some minor quips I had. Like the first book, I felt that sometimes Cassie’s perspective could get a little long-winded when she was trying to explain something or make a funny point. At this point, I think it’s just my personal preference, so I wouldn’t look too deep into it.
There was also the dropping of some information that kind of spoiled the mystery for me near the end a bit earlier than I would’ve liked. Knowing this I thought Cassie would have possibly put the pieces together a little sooner than she did, but that’s just me.
All in all, this book was such a fun rollercoaster ride with Cassie & Co., and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
That’s a Wrap!
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