Tuesday 28 December 2010

Book Review - The 13 Treasures

While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability ...The manor's sinister history is about to repeat itself ... 

My Review
I loved the sound of this book from the first time i read the blurb. I couldn't wait to get stuck into it, and i have to say i wasn't disappointed. I think it is aimed at slightly younger readers, the plot is easy to follow and the language seems slightly more simplistic compared to other YA books, but that doesn't really make much difference in this book once you get into it.
Tanya has been able to see Fairies her whole life, but to her they are a nuisance, a trouble that like to torment her, but when she is sent to stay with her Grandma for the summer, things begin to get out of hand. Tanya finds a newspaper clipping about a young girl that disappeared in the woods outside her grans house fifty years ago, never to be seen again. Tanya and her friend Fabian decide to try and solve the mystery and discover how it is linked to her Gran and Fabian's Grandad. 
Enter a world of intrigue, magic, mischief and friendship. The characters are great, i loved 'Red' a young girl hiding out and Fabian and Tanya really seem to come alive. 
The story is well paced and flows well, i read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. I am really interested in what will happen in book 2 and cannot wait to read it.
This is definitely a book to read, let the Fairies sweep you away.

My Rating
I would give this book 9/10. Grab a copy now :D


Julie said...

I love these covers! I read a sample on my Kindle. I enjoyed it. I plan on getting this at the library. Nice review!

barmybex said...

Yeah i like the covers too, really interesting and so much detail. Hope you can get a copy, they are definitely worth a read. :D

writer girl said...

i've heard good things about this book and now that i read your review, i think i'm gonna add it to my list. thanks for the review, i just subscribed, too. lovely blog, have a wonderful new year :)

barmybex said...

Thank you for your lovely comment.
Happy New Year to you too :D