Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This novel is the perfect blend of Jane Austen and Harry Potter. In 1818 England, sixteen-year old Annis Whitworth has just learned of her father’s death. As her father was often abroad, Annis is convinced he was a spy and longs to become one herself.Her Aunt Cassie, who has cared for Annis since her mother’s death, insists that Annis must become a companion to an elderly lady of means. But while making alterations to their mourning attire, Annis discovers that she has the gift of glamour. She has magic that can alter garments into disguises. Now she will be someone the War Office will want to hire as a spy! Annis sets out to prove that her father was murdered by a double agent and soon finds herself in danger. This is a wonderful blend of mystery, fantasy and historical fiction with strong female characters. I hope there will be more adventures to follow.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to readers who love Jane Austen and Regency era fiction as well as those who enjoy a good mystery with a little fantasy mixed in.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you love Jane Austen and mysteries.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 11/16/17