Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/9/9
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A Trope-Busting Anti-RomanceTeenager Madison Lane becomes Earth's best hope of survival when she uses a magic wand to travel to its quantum-entangled twin planet, Ground. But there are other people after the wand, and they have suspicious intentions and unfair advantages. Can Maddie keep it from falling into the wrong hands as she completes the quest that will save both worlds? Meanwhile nine-hundred-year-old Lady Sa finds herself in serious trouble when she is captured during her quest for the Source of magic. Worse, she is unable to fulfil her duty as guide to the wand-holder, and her disappearance puts new wand-holder Madison Lane at risk in an unfamiliar world. Science and fantasy are woven together with time-travel, real historic characters, and even a few dinosaurs. Suitable for ages 9 to 14+
Elle Carter Neal grew up between the covers of books, emerging only when her storytelling skills were required for games with friends or to invent explanations when something went wrong. She lives in Australia where cockatoos chew on the power lines and anything printed out on paper is likely to be eaten by a kangaroo, or drawn on by one or both of her children. Luckily she has a plan. And makes plenty of back-ups.
WHAT I THOUGHT – This was an amazing book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was edited well, and Ms. Neal’s writing style was fun and realistic. I like the idea of Ground. It sounds like a fun place (besides the banshees!), and I love the play on words with Ground/Earth. :) I got lost in the story as I read it. There is just enough fantasy elements in it, mixed with the realistic elements, to make you wonder if such a world could exist. Madison is a strong female character. I think she acts reasonably at all times, and isn’t afraid to help anyone out, even if they are on the other side of the universe. I love the fact that her family collects magical items and the historical character references. At 287 pages, it is a nice size for an MG reading fan. The content in the book is appropriate for all ages (unless you object to magic). Even though I enjoyed the ending of this book – everything tied up nicely, I am hoping there is a follow up book. There are two bonus short stories at the end of the book which are a nice addition.
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review