I love this book!
I mean seriously – who isn’t going to love this book? The book’s synopsis tells us that Emmeline Widget – our star -has never left Widget Manor – her parents are scientists who mysteriously disappear and she is packed off on a ship, befriended by an urchin stowaway named Thing, and then is kidnapped by the “sinister Dr Siegfried Bauer” who wants to summon a legendary monster from the deep.
I knew from the very first page that this was really my sort of book and I just hoped that it lived up to my expectations. It did.
I started this book in an airport in Tromso, and didn’t put it down again (well, barring changing flights, eating, finding trains, etc) until I reached home 16 hours later.
Emmeline is a really likeable character and I absolutely adored her from the very start – the author has clearly put a lot of thought into the characters, how they interact with each other and how we should feel about them. I thought Emmeline was just great – Thing has a surprising back story that I would never have guessed and which warmed him to me more and more as the story progressed. Of course Dr Bauer was evil…I hated him…
It’s this sort of book that makes me wish I was middle grade again and not an adult. It’s really good fun, a great story, the characters are wonderful and it’s very well written. I will certainly be looking out for this author again….I’m going to name my next house Widget Manor – just watch!!
My thanks to Netgalley and Little Tiger Group/Stripes Publishing