Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Spell Sisters: Olivia the Otter Sister by Amber Castle (Children's, 7 years +, 10/10)

3rd January 2013, Simon and Schuster
160 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Summary from Simon and Schuster 

When eleven-year-old Gwen ventures into the forest beyond her castle home she comes across the magical island of Avalon and her life changes forever. The lady of the lake, Nineve, asks Gwen to embark on a quest to protect the enchanted island of Avalon from the evil sorceress Morgana Le Fay.

Morgana has imprisoned the eight Spell Sisters of Avalon throughout the kingdom and stolen their magical powers. It's up to Gwen, her best friend Flora and a very special horse named Moonlight to find the sisters and return them to Avalon before its magic is lost forever.
In their seventh adventure Gwen and her cousin Flora go in search of Olivia the sister who controls animals.

Nayuleska's thoughts 

I'm convinced with each book this series gets more amazing! Gwen and Flora take to the river to help free Olivia. They have to think really hard how to get to Olivia once they've found her, as Morgana isn't the only one trying to stop them. I love the girl's sweet and adventurous nature, how one is neat and gentle and the other is always a mess (apologies I can't remember which girl is neat!) 

They each have strengths which are both needed to free the spell sisters, which reinforces the idea that working as a team gets a job done quicker. The illustrations bring the story to life, with each soft looking picture making me go aww, especially the otter scenes which made me feel warm and happy in this 10/10 read which includes stickers!

You can find out more on the dedicated website

Suggested read 

Be sure to check out the rest of the series, including Spell Sister: Evie the Swan Sister.

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