Book Review: Emily and the Spellstone

Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens
Emily and the Spellstone 
by Michael Rubens (Goodreads Author)

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Emily hates adventures, but when she discovers a magical stone that acts as a cellphone, she is thrown into a magical adventure that proves she is strong and resourceful against the greatest of enemies. A fiery monster named Gorgo is trapped in the Spellstone, and vows to eat Emily if he ever gets free. But Emily needs his help to defeat the nasty people who are seeking the stone’s power for their own evil purposes.

I loved the wit and humor of this book! The dialogue is snappy and every new magical situation is hilariously weird. The plot is full of action and danger. The characters are beautifully written with plenty of contrast and development.
I adore Emily! She’s a whiny piteous brat at the beginning, throwing a pity party for herself, and at the end she’s tough and compassionate and full of confidence. Her unlikely friendships with several of the characters, and her silly relationship with her family made me laugh and cry and hug the book!

I took off one star because of the dual perspective in the writing. Some of the scenes follow the villains plotting their evil deeds, and I didn’t enjoy that part of the storytelling. Changing POVs is a pet peeve of mine, and very few authors can pull it off, in my opinion. I felt like it broke up the pacing of the story, since we would be following Emily’s POV, and then switch to a scene with the villains. It’s not badly written; it’s fine. But it is a pet peeve of mine, so I didn’t like it. Other people probably wouldn’t care or barely notice.

This book is an imaginative and playful adventure, bouncing with magic and absurdities!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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