Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review - The Menagerie by Tui and Kari Sutherland (4/5 stars)

Reading Level: Middle Grade/YA
Genre: Fantasy
Size: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 12, 2013
ISBN: 978-0060780647
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Menagerie series
Source: ARC through Amazon Vine
Rating: 4/5 stars

I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. The premise sounded absolutely intriguing. It was a very well done book; full of mystery, adventure, and fun. It was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed the characters and all of the mythical creatures.

Logan finds a griffin pup hiding under his bed and this leads him to meeting Zoe. Zoe’s family has guarded and run the Menagerie for generations. When the griffin pups break free Zoe is in big trouble and is frantically trying to track them all down. If she can’t track them all down both Menagerie and the griffin’s lives will be at risk!

This was a super fun read, mostly about friendship and sprinkled with lots of awesome beasties. Logan is a pretty lonely kid, having just moved to the area. When he gets wrapped up in Zoe’s crazy Menagerie he finally finds both friends and an extended family of sorts.

Logan is a great character. He’s just your average boy, trying to fit in and make friends. Then he gets wrapped up in the Menagerie and suddenly he finds that he is more resourceful and brave than he ever knew.

Zoe and Blue were also great characters. They both have interesting lives and complex pasts. I loved reading about them both. There is definitely a theme of friendship throughout the book and about accepting people for who they are.

I really enjoyed reading about the different magical beasts. The griffins were adorably obnoxious, the unicorns aloof, and the mermaids a bit creepy. The book was fast-paced and very engaging and hard to put down. The story itself was fairly straightforward, but did have some twists and turns.

I liked that this book was aimed at boys and girls equally. We hear from both Zoe and Logan, so this book should appeal to both boys and girls. I think it would be appropriate for middle grade and older readers. There isn’t anything super scary in here, so younger readers might enjoy it as well.

The book was well written and easy to read. The plot wrapped up nicely, but there are still mysteries that are yet to be revealed. I am hoping these mysteries are unraveled in future books.

Overall a very fun read. I enjoyed the characters, the magical creatures, and the fast-paced plot. Recommended to fantasy lovers out there who love middle grade reads about mythical beasts. A great read for both boys and girls. Definitely recommended, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- YA/MG Fantasy Reading Challenge
- 150+ Reading Challenge
- Debut Author Reading Challenge
- Young Adult Reading Challenge

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