The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell by Fumi Hancock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As a parent, something about this book tugs at you. Did you do right by your children today? Have you screwed up in some way they will remember in ten years? The character Jewel appears to be a mixture of misguidance, a surge of strength and of course let's add the boarding school, boys, magic and curiosity. You now have the perfect combination of adventure, mystery and page turning events.
There are very strong cultural elements in this book and this is what I loved about it. Perhaps, the writer has drawn on her own experiences, I don't know but I liked that the surrounding elements of the book were able to add to the flow of the narration and character development. As Jewel tries to get used to the harsh realities of boarding school and the magic that has now become such a big part of her life, you feel sorry for her.
You want to protect her and keep her from the all bad things you know are coming her way and yet, if you did, then there wouldn't be this remarkable story.
Would I recommend this read? Sure, but you'll need an open mind.
Offensive content?: PG15 to NC17 mostly for theme and content.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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