Kid View: The Apprentices by Maile Meloy (The Apothecary series, book #2)
The Apprentices is the second book in the Apothecary series. It was pretty good, but I definitely liked the first book much more. Though this novel still traps you inside the adventures of Janie and Benjamin, I didn’t get the same feeling of true magic in her words. But that may just be because the first one was so good it took all of the others’ thunder.:) I noticed that this novel was different from the first because of how the story was structured, in The Apothecary it was written from Janie’s perspective but this one was written in a narrator’s voice.
This book is a fantasy, adventure, and historical fiction novel that will catch the eyes of many different types of readers. My favorite character is Jin Lo because she is mentally strong and pushes on even in hard times. The book is about Janie, Benjamin, and Pip who go on a chase around the world to find each other when Janie is in danger. And the story line is great, it is all well thought though and really gets your mind racing and your heart thumping in anticipation. At its heart, the book is truly about friendship, love, and loyalty that keeps the characters moving through rough spots.
Maile Meloy is an amazing author who can bring any story to life with her witty twists and turns through out the plot. She is able to capture the depth and dimension of true things that actually happened and overlay it with an enchanting fantasy tale that will give the reader a very different feel out of the novel. If Maile makes anymore middle grades books I will gladly read them anytime!
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