Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Penumbras Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Penumbras (Middle School Magic #2)
By: Braden Bell
Review by: Kylie Comfoltey

Emily's Reading Room is happy to be a stop on the Penumbras Blog Tour! See our five star review + enter a Rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Braden Bell!

Children and adults will fall in love with this magical world of light vs dark! In this second installment of the Middle School Magic series, Conner, Lexa and Melanie continue their magi training and all around unintentional trouble-making in the whirlwind adventure that is Penumbras. This book is a page turner, packed with fast-paced action, wild antics, laugh-out-loud humor and a good bit of mystery.

While I love many of the characters in this series, I grew an especially soft place in my heart for Dr. Timberi in Penumbras. Every child deserves a loving role model, and Dr. Timberi is top notch. He is knowledgeable and strict as well as forgiving and human. There's no wonder he receives so many hugs throughout the book. He is a large piece to this story and an exemplar mentor.

Also a favorite for me, geeky friend Pilaf gains a larger role in Penumbras and the reader will adore him. I believe in a good laugh, and Pilaf is the perfect goof for the Middle School Magic series. He brings just the right amount of silliness in a very natural, believable way without distracting from the always progressing plot. Pilaf adds a certain atmosphere that melds so seamlessly, you'll forget he wasn't always a there tagging along.

Braden Bell has a special way with metaphors, and the images they built in my head made me laugh out loud more than once. Perfect depictions; wonderfully creative and fresh. His writing is energetic and very true to tween life and personality, with all the angst, humor and middle school feelings.

If you're looking for a fun summer read, jump into Penumbras. Middle school children especially will inhale this exciting adventure.


Sexuality: None.

Drugs/Alcohol: None.
Profanity: None.
Violence: Very mild and non-descriptive. It is good vs evil, after all!

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  1. Thank you, Kylie! That was a very generous and lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks you, Braden! And you are so welcome. Thank you for the magi adventures!

  2. A very good read. It's my 10 year old son's favorite series by far, and we are excited for the next one. Great review!


    1. Thank you, Ann! My 11-year-old niece is reading it now. She walked up to me this week and said, "I really love these books you gave me!" Makes me so happy!

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