Saturday, April 18, 2015

ARC Review: Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret by D. D. Everest

Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
Author: D. D. Everest
Series: Archie Greene (Book 1)
Publication: HarperCollins (April 21, 2015)

Description: D. D. Everest's magical middle grade debut, filled with enchanted books and mysterious activity, is sure to captivate readers. Open this book . . . if you dare to face what awaits you inside!

On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn't recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn't know he had and a world he never knew existed.

With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner. The book waited four hundred years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.

My Thoughts: This middle grade fantasy adventure reminds me of the early Harry Potter books. Our hero - Archie Greene - is an orphan being raised by his grandmother. They are poor but happy. When his twelfth birthday arrives, he received a magical book which starts his adventures.

His grandmother tells him that he is part of a magical family and sends him to a bookstore in Oxford to turn in his book. He also meets eccentric cousins that he never knew he had and becomes a magical apprentice in a museum where magical books are stored.

Archie has a unique ability too. Magical books talk to him; he is a book whisperer. He also finds out that he is part of a long-standing plan instigated by John Dee in the 1600s. When he found that someone was trying to release the dangerous magic from these books, he stored the book with a law firm to be delivered to Archie on his twelfth birthday. Enemies are on his trail however. They still want to release all the dangerous magics that are held in the books.

The book has eccentric characters, a hidden museum beneath the Bodleian Library in Oxford that is entered by sipping a magical potion and riding chairs to the underground location. There are talking books and magical creatures set to guard them. There are Greaders who are greedy for the books of magic and who especially want the Terrible Tomes which contain dark magic.

This was an exciting story about a young boy who learns about a magical world and who learns that he has a special place in that world. Sounds like Harry Potter, doesn't it?

Favorite Quote:
Archie felt the color rise to his cheeks. "How did you get rid of them? Where did they go?" he asked.

"I phialed 'em away, of course!" said Old Zeb, grinning. "With my popper stopper," he added with a twinkle in his eye. "All the Museum Elders have them. Don't know where we'd be without them. Well, yes I do, we'd be overrun with Poppers. That's where we'd be!"
I got this eARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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