This book is Lily Mae Walter’s debut novel and the first in a series of five. I was sent a copy believing it to be aimed at the Young Adult (YA) demographic but have since seen the suggested age range of 8-12 years; this is an important point to make, as my review will necessarily take the target audience into account.
As far as entry level contemporary fantasy goes, this a good example of how to get young kids into the genre; the storyline and writing are straightforward and accessible, and the story introduces some of the common tropes of fantasy that any older fan would immediately recognise and understand.
The author’s love of friends and family shine through – especially the love we have for our ‘four-legged family’, our pets.
And which kid hasn’t wanted a telepathic husky looking out for them?
I’d give it 3.5 stars.
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing (1 Jun. 2018)
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