5.0 out of 5 starsA Magical Adventure complete with death scenes and murder mystery...
16 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
The Tale of the Bandesnatch is a great continuation from Seventeen Stones. After finishing both books, I was left wanting more. From meat eating talking dragons to the smallest of messaging dragonflies, I enjoyed this book and it's wand wielding characters. I look forward to more from this author in the years to come. Vanessa Wells definitely has some very creative and fresh ideas at play with this series. The two books are both unique and being geared for the tweens, it's a light read for their moms too. Giving moms and daughters a means to bond over a good book. I say daughters as apposed to boys because with Mia, a teenaged wand wielder, being the main character and there being a lot of dress talk and girl talk, a boy may not be as impressed as his sister with this Magical Adventure complete with death scenes and murder mystery. Settle in with a cup of hot chocolate or a nice cup of tea and be prepared to sit a bit as you may find it hard to walk back into the real world. I definitely wanted my own wand after reading these two books.
5.0 out of 5 starsPleasing fantasy romp with substance
11 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of Bandersnatch for free. My review was solicited, but I would have reviewed it anyway.]
The Tale of the Bandersnatch, the second book in Wells' fantasy series, continues the tale of Mia Rusticov, whose magical talents have placed her at a college of higher magical learning. This is the story of how she and her lovable friends navigate school, love, the pitfalls of relationships, and the dread presence of evil. The evil being in this series is all the more sinister because we just don't know quite what it is or what it wants. There's something special about Mia, and the same evil that caused her mother's death at the beginning of the first book keeps seeking her out...but why? That has me interested.
The setting of the book is never clearly defined, but that is not problematic to me. The reader is to assume, due to the mention of horse-drawn carriages, etc, that it is in the equivalent of the medieval era. I rather like that it is not further defined, because it makes it a universe unto itself, and Wells' talent at description brings every facet of this imaginary world to life in rich detail.
Character development is excellent throughout, and we are treated to a talented handling of Mia's growth. In Bandersnatch, the very subtle attraction between her and one of her former teachers progresses, and is all the more beautiful for its subtlety. I'm interested to see where that attraction goes.
I will say these books make me very hungry! Make sure you have a snack when sitting down with them, because one of the cute, unique quirks of this magical world is the emphasis on calorie deficit post-magic use. These young men and women need to eat a heck of a lot to maintain their strength.
All in all, you won't regret purchasing this book. It's a sweet, fascinating, magical ride. Will Mia and her friends figure out exactly what the evil shadow being wants? What about the new City that's inexplicably being constructed? I know I am looking forward to having these questions answered.