The Puppet Spell Blog Tour and Book Review (YA Book)

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The Puppet Spell

Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master…

‘OMG, my hat goes off to Miss Adams. “The Puppet Spell”, is a mind-bogglingly crafted novel…I love the intricate web that is interwoven throughout the story. It leaves you wondering what’s real and what has been created from the mind of Adams. It’s Harry Potter meets The Matrix. It’s a fast-paced story that left me gripping the end of my seat waiting for the next scene to start. Adams’s debut novel is a must have! Its original take on magic and other worlds will have you placed under a spell of its own.’ – YA author Elle A. Rose (Amazon review)

‘Adams has crafted an entertaining fantasy tale with some nicely creepy moments. This novel is aimed at a young audience and should be extremely well received…a brilliantly written adventure story.’ – Fantasy author Sharon Stevenson (Amazon review)

“it is easy to see that you are a very gifted writer. I am so impressed by your talent and the story. It has appeal not only for kids but adults as well. I think you will go far with this. Six stars!” – Authonomy review

“You have a wonderful narrative voice for children’s literature.” – Authonomy review

“To me it felt like a mixture between Narnia and Dr Who, whilst at the same time being very original and not easy to predict.” – Authonomy review

“You have a great idea and have written it wonderfully! The writing is clean and consice, with no words wasted. Your settings and circumstances are described vividly and placed me in the story. All of the characters have distinct personalities and their quirkiness is fresh. You are obviously very talented! This story is put together incredibly well. Highly marketable, very highly starred, and most enjoyable.” – Authonomy review

“High stars from me – this is one of the most satisfying reads in this genre I’ve come across in a while.” – Authonomy review

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Author E.L. Adams

Emma is a 21-year-old author from Birmingham, UK. When she isn’t reading voraciously, studying, or taking every opportunity to travel, she can be found in front of her writing desk.

Having aspired to be a writer since the age of ten, Emma aims to give life to her (admittedly bizarre) daydreams, through creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel THE PUPPET SPELL, published in January 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of traditional fantasy, mythology, and video games.

When not living the crazy life of an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Lancaster University, Emma reluctantly resides in the attic in her parents’ house in Birmingham. Local rumour is that she is working on a dark fantasy series for mature young adults featuring demons and other assorted night terrors.

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Hi there everyone, Paul here and it’s time to unveil my review of the Puppet Spell. Before I do, I’d like to give you a quick reminder of all the things currently happening here at Sher A. Hart. Please enter the Sunshine Syndicate tour and huge giveaway. At A Thousand Wrongs blog you can read an interview of yours truly as well as enter to win an ebook copy of my children’s chapter book Lionel and the Golden Rule. Then check out all our open giveaways, starting with The Three Lost Kids and Cupid’s Capture.  If you have time please read my interview at The Haunting Of Orchid Forsythia for the All about Middle Grade Challenge. And finally, don’t miss out on The Magic Wakes New Release Tour & Giveaway

Now onto my review.

What I liked most: The characters. I have to have great characters to really enjoy a book and Puppet Spell delivered. Lexa is a great character. She is vulernable, intelligent, a bit self-concious, and brave (although she doesn’t know it). I loved Marlon, Uncle Devon, and even Lucinda. I also really enjoyed the unique spin the author put on this magical fantasy. The ideas incorporated, particularly the illusions are just wonderful. I really locked into this story from the beginning. I am, as many of you know, a sucker for all things English, so that was awesome as well.

What missed a bit: Surprisingly the illusions. I know I mentioned them in what I liked most and that is certainly true. The miss here is that I found them a bit confusing at times. There were so many different, elaborate illusions that I had to reread a few parts to understand. With that being said, I wouldn’t have the author change a thing. The illusions are what sets this book apart. Others may have been able to picture them better than me.

Overall: Excellent! I really, really liked this book. I was drawn into the setting, I loved the characters, the plot was great, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I think readers of all ages will love Puppet Spell and I recommend you add it to your bookshelf today.

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  1. Yay, thanks for hosting my book and for your fantastic review! 🙂

  2. Hi Emma,
    You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and giving me the opportunity to read it. I loved Lexa! Great character, great book! Best of luck.


  3. I read the sample chapter and liked it well enough to purchase the book. Sounds like the kind of book I would like to be able to write one day. I’d be interested in knowing why Emma chose a first person POV vs third person.

    • HI Ken,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you liked the sample chapter, I hope you like the book. I think you will, I really enjoyed it! I will try to reach out the Emma to ask here that question. Have a great night.


  4. The Puppet Spell looks like a really fun read. I enjoyed the chapter and look forward to getting to know Luce 🙂 I wish you every success.

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