Title: The Starspun Web
Author: Sinéad O’Hart
Genre: MG Sci-Fi Fantasy
Publication Date: November 12th, 2019
Publishers: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
For fans of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy comes a thrilling adventure about a brave girl who finds a portal to parallel worlds, and must protect her secret from the evil forces trying to capture it.
All her life, Tess has lived at Miss Ackerbee’s orphanage with her friends and her pet tarantula, Violet. But one day, a mysterious man named Mr. Cleat shows up and whisks Tess away to live with him. Before Tess leaves, Miss Ackerbee gives her a strange lens, and makes an even stranger admission: that Tess can travel to parallel worlds, and has been able to do so since she was found as a baby. Now, with her newfound abilities and the mysterious lens in tow, Tess must navigate life with Mr. Cleat and his nefarious housekeeper, who seem to be up to more than they let on. As Tess learns about the lens and its role in transporting her to other worlds, she discovers that behind Mr. Cleat’s oily smiles is a darker intention: one that could bring the world to its feet. Can Tess keep her secret from Mr. Cleat, and figure out what he’s up to? And what if the lens falls into the wrong hands? With the help of Violet and her friends from the orphanage, Tess can finally discover the truth about Mr. Cleat and, more importantly, herself.
This was a super quick and interesting read! I had a lot of fun reading this one and I ended up really enjoying it. I find Middle Grades can be very hit & miss with me. Some of them I love but others just read very childish in my opinion. The Starspun Web however was written beautifully and I found my self absolutely engrossed in the story.
I loved that this book had a strong theme of friendship throughout the whole book! It was very refreshing and the connections between characters were very fleshed out. I also loved seeing Tess develop as a character and person throughout the story! Tess was also a very thought out character and she showed that it’s okay to be smart and stand up for what is right.
The magic system was also very interesting and very developed. It still left a little mystery (after all the characters don’t even understand it all) but we found out enough to not be confused. The world building was also amazing and was written in a way that made it very picturesque.
Overall I really enjoyed The Starspun Web and I highly recommend picking it up if you are Fantasy fan. This one is a standalone but I will definitely be on the look out for Sinéad O’Hart’s next release!
Have you read The Starspun Web? What were your thoughts? Have you read any of Sinéad O’Hart’s other books? If so let me know your thoughts as I’m very curious.
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