Children’s Book Review: The Wish Trap (Star Friends, Book 2) 

The Wish Trap, written by Linda Chapman & illustrated by Lucy Fleming, is an enchanting story that mixes childhood adventure with fantasy. Readers will delight in the magical animals and whimsical illustrations. Its description rings true – this is a book that will be enjoyed by fans of both the Rainbow Magic series and other magical adventures for young readers.

The second book in the Star Friends series, it follows friends Maia, Ionie, Lottie & Sita as they discover their increasing magical powers as Star Friends. Star Animals are magical animals that come from Star World, and once they have made a human friend, their magic can flow between them in order to do good and stop others who are using bad magic. Promoting acts of kindness in children’s literature is always a positive experience for both readers and parents, and using both magic and animals to do so is so much fun!

Maia, Ionie, Lottie & Sita successfully battled a Shade (an evil spirit that brings chaos & unhappiness) in the first adventure – and they will need to work together again to solve a dangerous mystery in The Wish Trap. This time, the members of the gym team are mysteriously getting hurt – and the girls suspect that a Shade is behind the accidents.

While the story itself is fun and the characters charming, the illustrations are gorgeous and really brought the book to life. I was familiar with Lucy Fleming’s art through Instagram, but this was the first time I’ve seen her work displayed in a children’s book. Her dreamy, whimsical style fits the Star Friends perfectly. Young readers, particularly girls around my own daughter’s age – will be happy to have The Wish Trap in their libraries.

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review Links:

https://www.netgalley.com/book/117971/review/424591

https://www.amazon.com/review/R2WVG0GHCYU1S/

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2122889554

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Stacie Eirich is a writer as well as an avid reader & book reviewer. She holds a Masters Degree in English Studies from Illinois State University. She has published four books of poetry and a children’s novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. She lives north of New Orleans, and is currently writing her second children’s novel.

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Children’s Book Review: Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly, a fantasy for middle-grade readers that reads like a deliciously dark fairytale. Spinning a web around her readers just as protagonist Emmeline crafts her shadows, Connolly has created a world where darkness shines and light is hidden, along with secrets that make the truth hard to distinguish from lies. At the heart of this tale is Emmeline’s ever-evolving sense of self and her connections, both good and bad, with others.

Emmeline lives in a castle that is remote; her parents have hidden her from society because of her special talent: shadow weaving. We meet her where she has alway felt most at home, in the woods, playing with her shadow, Dar. Dar has long been Emmeline’s best – and nearly only – friend. But when visitors come to the castle promising Emmeline’s parents a “cure” for her talent, that friendship is threatened. Rather than be sent away, Dar convinces Emmeline to run away into the woods. But what they find in the woods is more than the comforting darkness. They find that there is light there, too, and Emmeline begins to doubt whether everything Dar has told her is the truth. But her love and loyalty for her best shadow friend is strong, and guides her towards a decision that will change everything.

The strengths of this story are many, with characters whose voices are strong or gentle, soft or harsh, immediately recognizable for their goodness or their flaws. Readers are challenged to question whom or what they believe, and friendship is tested in this fantasy just as it is in real life. Goodness and light are combined with evil and darkness in a way that make both equally compelling, and there are times when the language of each have the beauty of poetry.

Shadow Weaver is the first book in a duology, and the ending promises that Emmeline’s journey will continue. With gorgeous prose, characters sparkling with life and deliciously dark adventure sprinkled with light, I inhaled this story in what felt like a single breath. For fans of fantasy and dark fairytales (whether kids or big kids like myself) this tale is a must read. Read it on a dark night under the stars, and I promise you’ll shiver with fear and delight.

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

https://www.netgalley.com/book/109967/review/424591

Official publishing date Jan. 1, 2018. Review also posted on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2103747371

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream! Have a wonderful weekend.-Stacie

Stacie Eirich is a writer as well as an avid reader & book reviewer. She holds a Masters Degree in English Studies from Illinois State University. She has published four books of poetry and a children’s novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. She lives north of New Orleans, and is currently writing her second children’s novel.

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