Jul 26, 2011

Tween Tuesday: The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

5 oh so good 7 layer bars.

Cover Love: Yes! I love this cover—the colors, the pictures, the darkness signifying something ominous. It works well.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
Great buzz and the cover really attracted my attention. Here’s the synopsis from Good Reads:
Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of Natural Magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she is determined to prove that logic can be just as powerful as wizardry. But when someone attacks her uncle--the Wizard of Dark Street--Oona is forced to delve even deeper into the world of magic.

Full of odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

I Kept Reading Because: The author gave us enough “crumbs” that I had to keep reading to see where it all went!

What I Liked (& Didn’t):
Oona was awesome. She was like a younger, olden time Scully. She has magic at her fingertips, but preferred facts and science to solve mysteries. However, in a place like Dark Street magic is going to be involved in some manner.

The world of Dark Street! There are so many different stories that the author can tell about Dark Street: more Fearie lore, more Red Martin, more about the witches, more about the Glass Gates. There are just all sorts of directions and mysteries for Oona to solve.

Oona seems wise above her years, but the author does give us a reason for this. And although she is doesn't use her magic, in fact, doesn't like magic, we are also given a heartbreaking reason for this (although, I would bet there is way more to that story than Oona knows).

All of the history that we are given about Dark Street is so interesting. I do hope some of the future novels lets us explore more behind the Glass Gates. And it is all a little whimsical, with the crooked houses and the cover illustrations, and madcap, with the never burn out candles and some of the characters. But it all works together perfectly!

The twists to this mystery were excellent! This was one I had a hard time solving. It was intricate, but in the end easy to follow.

To Sum Up: This is a fascinating world that Shawn Thomas Odyssey has created. I cannot wait to visit again and hang out with Oona some more! I think we are going to see some interesting things happen and I want to be along for the ride!

Book requested and received from publisher. Thanks Mary!


  1. I've heard so many good things about this book! It sounds like something I'll really enjoy. Glad to hear it lives up to its beautiful cover.

  2. It was so good! I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would!

  3. This book looks fantastic! I will definitely be checking it out!

  4. I'll have to check this one out! I LOVE that cover and your review makes me want to pick it up!

  5. The cover is a draw for sure. The book held it up! I liked it so much and for a historical fiction with a magical element, I felt it was stronger than Kat Incorrigible.