(8th book (9th reading. counting short story Pern) for Once Upon a Time)
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Puffin; (February 12, 2013)
A dose of magic could save the world...Fourteen-year-old Janie Scott is new to London and she's finding it dull, dreary and cold - until she meets Benjamin Burrows who dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father, the mysterious apothecary, is kidnapped he entrusts Janie and Benjamin with his sacred book, full of ancient spells and magical potions. Now the two new friends must uncover the book's secrets in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Beautifully written and expertly paced, this stunning and poignant novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.
This is a YA book filled with illustrations!
I needed something easy to read but yet compelling…. this little book fit the bill !
It has a bit of magic!
It has a bit of adventure!
It has a tiny bit of young love!
And it even had “Pip” from Great Expectations! (well, not really but he was an orphaned young boy who could pick locks!.. close enough!)
This was a very enjoyable, quick read, and perfectly written in very short chapters to keep me reading “just one more” before putting it down. But of course “one more” generally turned into two or three more!
The book held very good descriptions of characters and surroundings and also held a bit of history here and there about WWII and the Atomic Bomb.
I quite enjoyed reading this book and those who like YA books that hold adventure would most likely enjoy it also. The *magic* parts were quite exciting and made you thing for a moment what it would be like if things like that were possible. (we’d all get into trouble if they were! )
I think the Amazon review gives away enough of the book to create interest, if indeed there would be any, so I am off to begin a new book! I hope everyone is having some great reading for Once Upon a Time!