Book Review: Mystery On the Isle of Skye

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Book Title: Mystery On the Isle of Skye

Book Author: Phyllis A. Whitney

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Fawcett Juniper

Page Count: 200

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense

Goodreads Summary:

Following instructions contained in the parting gift from her Grandmother when she set out for Isle Of Skye, would lead to startling surprises for Cathy MacLeod. She and her standoffish cousin Don, would be drawn in a search for answers to baffling puzzles. New friends and thrilling adventures wait for Cathy where she learned to love the mountains and legendary magic of her Grandmother’s beautiful isle. The greatest surprise of all came when she least expected it…

My Thoughts:

This was a wonderful little story of a girl going to the Isle of Skye by request of her dying grandmother. At times the story definitely read like it was meant for a much younger audience, but the story itself was intriguing and full of Scottish history, phrases, and words. I adore stories set in Scotland, England, and the surrounding areas so I was sure to love this and Phyllis A Whitney is one of my favorite authors. I dove right into this book, and finished it within a few hours (interruptions by family making it difficult to keep reading). I’m happy that the first read of the year is a high four star read. But onto what the book actually is about!

Book Review:

Catherine “Cathy” Macleod receives a mysterious box and quest from her ailing, dying grandmother to go to the Isle of Skye and follow through on various instructions to receive her prize. The book starts off with Cathy joining her aunt, uncle and two cousins Don and Punch on the trip of a lifetime. She’s swept away into learning all about Scotland and it’s people, especially her family the Macleod’s. I was pleased to note the Battle of Culloden being mentioned, the Sith, fey and magic also having mentions scattered in the book. But those mentions were brief and the story focused more on Cathy becoming friends with Don and Punch. I’m happy to add there’s zero romance in the book. It’s a straight up ya mystery with elements of suspense and a fun quest. While the ending felt abrupt it was a happy ending. The characters felt believable though some of the writing definitely felt dated in the “portly” aunt Bertha. Overall I’m happy to rate this 4.5 stars.

My Rating:

⭐ ⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That

ARC Review: The Bone Carousel

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Title: The Bone Carousel

Author: J. Peter W.

Series: Book 1

Page Count: 265 pages

Publisher: DP Books

Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

Rated: 3.5/5 stars

I read this book over the course of yesterday, and it reminded me very strongly of a cross between the Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked the idea of it, but I didn’t care for the ending, and I definitely didn’t care for one of the characters-Mucus Markus, the boy who spits a lot. I did like the girl Frankie, she made up a large part of the book that I enjoyed, and I did like Stevie as well.  I won’t tell you the ending of the book, because that’s rude and will have massive spoilers for the second book to come of which I don’t believe I’ll read because I’m just not invested.

Overall, the writing was good. The plot moved decently, if not very quickly in some spots, and it seemed a decent story, though it read more for a younger audience-or so it seemed to me.

While I do appreciate getting an ARC copy of this, I don’t think this will be one of my absolute favorites and that makes me sad. I always feel bad for leaving not raving reviews on books that I’ve read, and this is yet one more book that I’ve read this year to go into the “meh” pile of books for me.

Overall, I’d rate this book a 3.5/5 stars.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Amazon and Goodreads.}

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