Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Carter and the Curious Maze by @phdowding

27260186 Carter and the Curious Maze by Philippa Dowding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fair is dull, dull, dull, and nothing interesting will ever happen to Carter again …
that is, until he discovers the curious maze. Nothing has ever happened here in the history of the world, he thinks. But the maze has some strange secrets, and the spot Carter stands upon has seen some very exciting events over the centuries.
Once Carter enters the maze, odd people begin to appear. First he meets Mr. Green, the mysterious, creepy maze-keeper, then a leaf-covered girl, a lost little boy in old-fashioned clothes, a wounded British soldier, and finally an eighteenth-century native boy who seems very authentic, indeed.
When Carter eventually escapes the curious maze, the fair is all wrong. There are too many horses, ladies in bonnets, and what’s a freak show doing there? Carter begins his travels through time, and his dull afternoon is about to get very, very interesting.

  **I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Thank you to the author and publishers for the chance to read and review!

Cover: Pretty
Rating: 4 Stars
Overall: Curiously magical
Characters: Strange and curious
Plot: Mysteriously unknown until the end
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Maybe
Recommend: Yes

This is one of those books that I really didn't know what to expect going in. It's the first I have read by this author, and therefore also the first of it's series, which luckily also works as a stand alone. I loved not knowing, as it added to the mystery, and made me curious! Although I didn't find it scary, I can see how some children might, and it's a fun mystery for the curious either way. I love how she used history to make an exciting read, and still be teaching the readers something as they go! It's a quick read, and I recommend it to curious readers of all ages!

Since this book needs a sense of mystery, I won't say much. Just that I did enjoy it, and although I'm an adult reader, I was still able to feel a touch of wonder that I often felt when reading a good book. Not the magic of a fairy-tale, more like the Wizard of Oz type, yet no less magical! A great read for the curious and the bored alike, join Carter in this curious adventure.

Philippa Dowding 
About the Author:

Bestselling children's author, poet, award-winning copywriter. Philippa's books have been nominated and commended for literary awards across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including the Diamond Willow, Hackmatack, Silver Birch Express, Red Cedar and Red Maple awards. Her third book, The Gargoyle at the Gates, was named a White Raven Book 2013, by the International Youth Library in Munich. In 2016, look for Carter and the Curious Maze, book 3 in the award-nominated Weird Stories Gone Wrong series, PLUS Everton Miles is Stranger than Me, the sequel to her 2014 title, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, which was shortlisted for the OLA Red Maple Award.

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