What a fun book! Just a romping, rollicking adventure story with lots of layers to it. I read this book all in one day; it’s an easy read and really captured my attention. The plot even surprised me a few times!
I love Charlie’s character! His emotional ups and downs are perfectly timed to the pace of the plot, and give us a feel for his humanity, making him an interesting and endearing character.
I loved Charlie’s parents right away too; such a quirky family with their own little language!
Even the villains are superbly written- creepy and petty and spiteful and sly. Just brilliant!
I was completely fascinated by the lions and all the circus people. I have never never heard a circus described in such an entrancing way. I felt like I was there, watching a real circus act. I actually laughed at the clowns… and I hate clowns! Especially reading about clowns… that’s totally different from seeing them. Reading about clowns is not funny; it’s just annoying. What kind of enchanting writing could actually make me laugh at clowns?!? I’ve been bewitched! haha!
I can see why the writing style (not the subject material) is compared to J.K. Rowling. It really sucks you into this other world and makes it real for you.
My only complaint about this book is that some of the plot developments are a bit too fantastical and coincidental to be believable. Granted, it’s a book about a boy who speaks cat-language, but still… That made it a 4-star book for me, instead of the 5-stars I might have given it.
4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads
In this second book, Charlie and his lion friends are on the run from a nasty lion trainer, and Charlie’s parents are desperate to escape from the clutches of the evil Corporacy.
I loved the action and adventure in this one, and the way that Charlie begins to trust his own instincts more and more. We find out more about the mystery of WHY Charlie’s parents were kidnapped in the first place, and we get to see Charlie growing up, getting stronger, and taking control of his situation.
The lions are such wonderful characters, and they get some more development in this book, along with a few other smaller cats. It’s beautiful to see how magnificent they are,
I love how exotic all of the settings are in these books; Paris, Venice, Morocco, and Gibraltar are all described with such vividness that you can feel the heat of the African coastal winds, or the damp climbing the walls in a chilly Venetian hallway.
The story had me cheering for Charlie, and hating the loathsome villains. There are so many emotional ups and downs in this book, and I was fully invested in each character’s plotline. The plot really surprised me several times too! So many great twists and turns and wild circumstances!
I really appreciated that all the characters in this book have two sides to them. No one is entirely good or entirely evil. The good guys make mistakes, and they act selfishly at times, but they always recognize their errors and make up for it. The bad guys are certainly evil, but they also have strangely good qualities. Maybe they are horrible to humans, but treat animals well. They connive and deceive, but at the end of the day, they just want a cup of tea. Sometimes it’s an odd mixture, but it keeps things interesting!
I was laughing at all the ridiculous and wild plot twists and strange animals and weird people! Sometimes the coincidences are entirely unbelievable, but in a world where a boy can speak cat-language, it somehow works.