Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker
Book Review of -- The Trouble With Toads by Danyelle Leafty
Overall star rating --- 4
About the book:
Once upon a time a young girl wanted revenge. But first, she wanted to be beautiful.
Twelve-year-old Bettony has read enough stories that begin with once upon a time to know what happens to the ugly stepsisters at the end, and she’s determined to escape that fate by any means necessary—even by magic.
Unfortunately, when it comes to magic, there is no place for regret, refunds, or exchanges. Even if you accidentally turn your older sister into a toad.
If Bettony wants her happily ever after to end well, she’s going to have to find a way to turn her sister back into a person before their mother finds out she’s been dabbling with magic and grounds her for life. And if she wants to do that, she’s going to need more magic.
Tracking down the family magic turns out to be surprisingly easy. Now, if only it came with instructions . . .
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 27 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
It's important to know that this is the first in the series, so read it before The Trouble With Magic. It explains all the questions that I had at the beginning of the second book. The problems that I had getting into the book rest with me and not the author, as I started on book 2 instead of 1. But the book is very well written and a strong story awaits the reader of this book.
The characters are delightful and the pace of the book is excellent. It doesn't drag and will keep your attention from cover to cover. I am not an expert with editing, but there was no glaring mistakes, which is always a plus in a good book. The wording and phrasing helped give a picture in the reader's mind, which created an enjoyable book.
It's a strong stand alone book, but will excite the reader to read the second book, and you will want to read The Trouble With Magic. The finish is really good and a great lead into the next book, which you will enjoy.
Genre -- Fantasy
Age recommendations -- 9 and up
Sex content rating -- None
Violence rating -- None
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