Monday, 9 October 2017

Book Review: The Beginner's Guide to Curses [Spellchasers #1] by Lari Don


Title: The Beginner's Guide to Curses
Author: Lari Don
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Genre: Children's
Series: Spellchasers #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Kelpies
Publication Date: 2nd August 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare -- which can make life quite dangerous... So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. There she meets other cursed creatures: Innes, a kelpie; Beth, a dryad; Atacama, a sphinx; and a toad. But should they work together to lift their various curses? Or are they better off on their own? And will the crow-man, who draws on the energy of curses, destroy their chances to live a normal life?

By the author of the bestselling Fabled Beasts Chronicles series, this is the dramatic first instalment in the brand new, long-awaited Spellchasers trilogy. Lari Don has once again created a world of brilliant magic, dark danger and sparkling friendship which will enchant children of upper primary age.
My Thoughts
Spellchasers was a series I hadn't heard of until the publisher contacted me for a blog tour, a few days later I had the first two books on my iPad waiting to be read. The Beginners Guide to Curses was a book that was easy to dive into and follow.

I loved the idea behind the curses that each character has, how they were cursed, and how they were brought together. Molly finds herself at a witches workshop, attending a class on curse removal. Whilst there she meets Innes, Beth, Atacama, and a toad. Together they are sent out as a group to dig up potatoes, then receive their lesson afterwards. But this group soon find out that only one of them will have their curse removed, and their attitudes towards each other quickly change as they each fight to be the first.

The Beginners Guide to Curses was a book that has strong characters, especially Molly who remained true to herself throughout it all. I liked the different creatures and learning about them...with Beth coming out as my favourite, even if she did need an attitude adjustment. There was a nice mix of personalities that worked well together (most of the time) and I enjoyed seeing this group of strangers getting to know each other ans form friendships.

The Beginners Guide to Curses was an easy read, with a plot that was easy enough to follow which is perfect for it's target age group. There was always some new twist to the plot to keep you reading, as well as trying to guess how it would all be straightened out.

Final Verdict
The ending of The Beginners Guide to Curses wasn't what I expected, but it also makes me happy to know I can jump right into the next book to see what happens.

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