I think that this book bit off more than it could chew with saying that it was a must read for anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their lives. I love me some Harry Potter and the whole time I was (trying to) read this book I kept comparing it to the Wizarding World – and it was paling in comparison.  In fact, I got about 1/4 through the book before I decided it just was not for me.

If you decide to read this book – go in with an open mind and ignore any similarities it may have to Harry Potter and perhaps you will have a better go with it than I did.  The problem could also be that I was a kid when Harry Potter first came out so I was more easily wrapped up in that world and now as an adult I can’t really get that same feeling.  I had hoped I could have finished it, but if I try 2-3 times and can’t get into it, I just have to move on. Too many books, too little time 🙂

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their lives can’t miss this fantasy series opener. Dive into a secret underground city below London where ordinary objects are capable of extraordinary magic!
“Part Tim Burton, part J.K. Rowling! A terrific debut.” —Soman Chainani, New York Times Bestselling Author of the School for Good and Evil series
Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems…
When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to the hospital, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what adventure lies in store. Soon their house is ransacked by unknown intruders, and a very strange policeman turns up on the scene, determined to apprehend them . . . with a toilet brush.

Ivy and Seb make their escape only to find themselves in a completely uncommon world, a secret underground city called Lundinor where ordinary objects have amazing powers. There are belts that enable the wearer to fly, yo-yos that turn into weapons, buttons with healing properties, and other enchanted objects capable of very unusual feats.

But the forces of evil are closing in fast, and when Ivy and Seb learn that their family is connected to one of the greatest uncommon treasures of all time, they must race to unearth the treasure and get to the bottom of a family secret . . . before it’s too late.

Debut novelist Jennifer Bell delivers a world of wonder and whimsy in the start of a richly uncommon series.

“An auspicious trilogy opener.” Kirkus Reviews