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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard at first looks like a typical cute middle grade with adventure and fun magic. However, as soon as I started, I knew it was going to be something more; one of those middle grade stories that captivates young and old(er) readers alike. If you are looking for a middle grade full of unique magic and just enough darkness to keep things interesting, definitely pick this one up.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble #2)
Published by Amulet on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 464 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now Peter and Sir Tode have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: find a 12-year-old girl named Sophie Quire.
Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she works as a bookmender and dreams of leaving the confines of her city walls. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up searching for a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.
How is the writing style?
The writing is in third person, past tense, but it goes beyond a typical writing style. Immediately the fourth wall is broken with an unseen narrator speaking directly to the reader and foreshadowing throughout at larger events. It’s not overly poetic, but has just enough beautiful phrases to push my mind into that drifting, happy place that beautiful writing creates.
General tone of the beginning
Right away we find out that Sophie lives in a town that is trying to do away with nonsense, which includes fairytales. A book burning is scheduled and Sophie’s father owns a bookstore that specializes in fairytales, so things aren’t looking good. Sophie gets into a bit of trouble and meets a notorious thief who appears to be blind and traveling with a talking cat with hooves. Things get more interesting from there ;-).
Also, while I noticed that this is technically a second book, you can’t tell from the beginning and I had no trouble jumping in. I suspect that the notorious thief’s story was told in the previous book, but this is the start of Sophie’s tale, so it’s easy to jump in here.
Setting, genre, etc?
Definitely fantasy middle grade, however as I said, there are enough dark and creepy elements to make it an upper middle grade that will appeal to older readers as well.
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
Sophie Quire gets 4.5 stars. I was planning on continuing to read it before writing anything about it, but I realized that it was taking me a while due to my limited time and I didn’t want to hold off telling you all about it!
See for yourself!
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
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