An Enchanting Tale- Well Thought Out
Secrets on the Walls begins with a mystery, as sisters Suzette and Sophie are faced with their grandmother Emma's sudden death. In the midst of the ensuing investigation, they decide to conduct their own search for clues, and soon find themselves in a world (well, worlds) full of amazing creatures- from mind-reading dragons to winged horses and regal wolves. In this realm, the girls are tasked with finding their grandmother's precious tokens- a treasure hunt which leads them closer to finding their grandmother, as well as unraveling her past. The girls aren't alone, though, as an eclectic group of guides help them on their journey through the worlds that their grandmother created. Packed with action and adventure, the story ends with a brush with a dark creature that leaves the reader begging for the second installment. Secrets on the Walls is reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia, but the worlds of Lauren Massuda are enchanting entirely in their own right. I loved how the author broke up the task of finding the objects with unexpected events, such as the arrival of the Vacuus, Ms. Plumlee and the investigator, as well as the sky pirates. The flash-backing of Emma's story and her attachment to the objects and characters in the worlds she created was also nicely placed. The writing style could be more consistent throughout, but I think another full edit once you've had some time away from it could do the trick. I think the prologue was nicely done, but the first chapter could incorporate a much better balance of action and dialogue to describe the surroundings and the what the girls looked like as opposed to flatly describing the scene (that's something I still haven't mastered, but I'm getting there!). All in all, Secrets on the Walls is a worthy and engaging story.
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