Book Review

Beatrice Bloom and the Star Crystal – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 / 5 stars)

The Blooms are heading back through the fairy door! After receiving an invitation to Evony and Soren’s wedding during Christmas, the Blooms are quick to accept the offer to see their friends! But, Beatrice is somewhat apprehensive: last time she went through the fairy door, she was held captive by the malicious Nesirn! What could happen now?

In the newest edition of Through the Fairy Door, Beatrice takes the center stage (in contrast to her cousin, Octavia, in Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key). In a story filled with multiple moments of deceit and fear, Beatrice is forced to take a central role: not only due to her role as a Bloom, but also as someone with powerful magic. But Beatrice doesn’t have the confidence that her cousin, Octavia, has; in fact, she is scared. Yet, when the fate of her friends depends on her, Octavia knows she has to act…and fast!

This is a new, endearing tale that takes us back through the fairy door. I was so excited to go back with Beatrice! Her character really interested me in the first book: her potential for magic is strong, and it is only made more impressive throughout the story. Not only can she perform feats equal to one of an evil king, but she also thrives on the friendship with her sister, cousins, and the unicorns. The lesson ultimately is a simple one: believe in yourself, have confidence, and you can defeat even those much more powerful than you!

While I am positive that children will continue to love the adventures of the Bloom Family, the second book is slightly less magical. Not that it lacks magic – it has even more than the first book! But as with many second books, the struggle is keeping the magic going. There is so much happening in the fairy world, that in some parts I had to pay far closer attention. Between the diplomatic relations with the fairies, the hierarchy of the unicorns, and the large cast, to some extent it felt like multiple plots were wrapped up in a single book.

But, that’s not to say the story is without it’s merits…because it is still a wonderful tale! Beatrice, although not quite as spunky as her cousin Octavia, has the heart of all the other Blooms. She wants to do what is right, protect her friends, and learn. As she gains her confidence, her magic flourishes…and she can even save the day!

Without a doubt, I’ll be venturing back Through the Fairy Door again. I cannot wait to see what the family will encounter next!

What’s it about?

Beatrice Bloom is excited but a bit apprehensive to be heading through the fairy door once again with her sister and cousins.

The adventure quickly turns ominous with the arrival of old foes and new enemies who are conspiring to overthrow the throne.

Is Beatrice brave enough to embrace magic once more to help her friends? And can she restore the star crystal to its rightful place before time runs out?

Beatrice will need all her courage in this new ‘Through the Fairy Door’ adventure.

Courage, friendship and deceit collide in this spellbinding adventure.

Continue the magic in this follow up to Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key!

Book Review

Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5 stars)

Castle Bloom has its mysteries. Octavia has always loved exploring the castle, and one day on one of her usual adventures, she, her sister, and her cousins discover a tiny door in the attic. Her grandmother is furious by the discovery, but soon the four girls learn of a secret that their family has guarded for centuries. But why does their grandmother not want them to know? What secrets lie behind the fairy door? And can the four Bloom children help fix the mistakes their family made years ago?

In a wonderfully written, intriguing middle-grade novel, we are wrapped in Octavia’s determination and curiosity, plunging headfirst into danger to do what is right. What a great character to start the series! Despite being the youngest, Octavia’s determination leads the pack. Sometimes, a young child is the one who can bring about change, even if it is by what they said. On top of that, Octavia loves her family. She beams with pride at her sister and cousins when they succeed. There is no jealousy, no anger, only happiness and support. So often we see children marked with jealousy, but Octavia shows us it is not necessary to be strong and a hero.

Despite Octavia being the key holder, what is most important is how every single child in the story has a purpose. In order for a secret fairy door to survive, every part of the team must work together. When one member is persuaded in the wrong direction, or another loses faith, the entire team can falter. This is an important lesson for children: work together, you’re all important.

The world was beautifully constructed, and easily we are transported through the fairy door. Yet, in such a complex world, my biggest hang up was the number of named characters in such a short middle grade novel. It wasn’t overly cumbersome, but there were a couple chapters where we were introduced one after the other to different characters. This didn’t take away from the overall plot though.

I think my biggest “criticism” is that I want more. I loved the story and the world so much, that I really wish I had a chance to get to know more about the characters and the world! Granted, being a middle grade novel, I also know that this is limited for one book.

I eagerly anticipate the next story in the series…and I’m sure you or your children will too!

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What’s it about?

One tiny discovery can have enormous consequences…

Almost 10-year-old Octavia Bloom is looking for adventure, but when it comes it’s in the shape of a tiny fairy door. Dragging her reluctant sister and cousins into the mystery, Octavia discovers her family are hiding not ONE but TWO life-changing secrets. Why is her mother searching for an elusive flower? And does she have what it takes to reunite her fractured family? Octavia’s certain the answers lie behind the fairy door, if only she could just find the key…Bravery, secrets & magic intertwine in this fantastical adventure.