Series: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye #1
Published by Quirk Books on November 24th 2015
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Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
As an adult, I read middle grade to escape, because it’s all about the adventure, and sometimes I don’t want to read something super heavy. (Not that middle grade can’t be, but I generally don’t read that kind.) I want to read about magic and monsters and talking animals. But sometimes, as does happen when you read books that aren’t written with you in mind, a voice will skew too young for me. That’s what happened with Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it though. I really loved the illustrations, but the story was a bit simple for me. It was very apparent to me the whole way through that I was reading a children’s book, which means I wasn’t able to escape like I prefer to do when I pick a book like this to read.
You might think that this review is completely unfair so far because I am judging the book based on things that it isn’t rather than things that it is, and you would be right. I think. Which is why I ended up giving it 3.5 stars, because I realize this book wasn’t meant for me. And I actually think that someone in the appropriate age category would probably adore this book. I think I would have. It’s a beautiful book. It smells like ink, has thick, juicy pages, and vivid, memorable characters.
There are witches, monsters, a hulking, haunting hotel, and a fun story within its pages. This is the perfect book to get you in the mood for Halloween–unfortunately I read it a little late for that, but hey, you can read creepy and spooky anytime of the year.
And luckily for the readers here, I have an extra copy to give away!
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