Sunday, March 5, 2017

Book Review: 'The Fearless Travelers' Guide To Wicked Places' by PeteBegler


Publication Date:  March 1,2017
Publisher:  Capstone Young Readers
Pages:  384
Source:  Netgalley
Advanced Reader Edition

My rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins knows there is magic at work that she can’t yet understand. Her mother has been taken by witches and turned into a bird. Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her deep into the Wicked Places — the frightening realm where Nightmares resides. There she must break the spell and stop the witches from turning our world into a living nightmare.

This was such a unique, imaginative book. I knew I wanted to read this book when I saw the awesome cover but the story was just as awesome. This story had me hooked from the beginning. I thought it was an exciting fast paced read. Most of the story takes place in the world of dreams called the Dreamlands, where anything can happen. I felt like I was in this crazy, fantastic dream while reading this book.

There are so many interesting characters in this story. The main character, Nell is such a strong character and I loved her courage and determination. She must save her mother from the evil Dark Daughters in The Wicked Places along with her younger brothers, George and Speedy. Anything can happen in the Dreamlands so I never knew if these characters would be safe. They go through many adventures throughout the book and I was excited to keep reading to find out what happened next.

There were some frightening characters in the Dreamlands. Warning for those of you with a fear of clowns: evil, terrifying clowns are in this story. These definitely aren't the friendly clowns at children's birthday parties (even though I find any kind of clown creepy). These clowns are scary and grotesque. The clowns were definitely creeping me out.
This book is nearly 400 pages but I thought it was a pretty fast read. I loved the world of dreams that the author created and I thought all the characters were interesting. This book took me on a crazy ride and it was a lot of fun.

* I received the advanced reader edition from Netgalley for an honest review.

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