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The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White ARC {4 Stars}

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White  ARC {4 Stars}

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White
Published by Little Brown on September 13, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG, Sci-fi
Page Length: 384 pages
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Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes--or face the horrible consequences.

Packed with action, humor, and endless heart, this debut novel marks the first volume in an irresistible and original fantasy series.

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • This is a fun fantasy adventure for middle-grade readers …. but with a twist.  White pokes fun at the orphan-turned-hero genre while pulling out all of the usual hero’s journey fantasy tropes and breathing new life into each and every one and making a very entertaining story that adults will truly enjoy reading to younger audiences.
  • The writing style reminded me very much of the late Douglas Adams with his Hitchhiker’s Guide series, but appropriately tailored to young readers and to a fantasy setting.
  • Our heroes are resourceful and optimistic …. and incredibly lucky.  As it happens, without being obvious about it, most of the adventurers (and companions, teachers, and even villians) are female.  With absolutely no love interest involved, it was refreshing to read a tale of pure adventure and friendships.

Weaknesses:

  • There is a bit of a hint of science fiction toward the end, and things are not always what they seem to be.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of a series so that some of the (broad) hints can be fleshed out.

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Barbara

 The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

© 2017, Barbara. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. This sounds fun! 384 pages seems a little long for an MG book, but that cover is really calling to me.
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