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Globes With Glittering Eyes

November 22, 2018

 

Jago doesn’t like Clementine. There’s something different about her, something just not right.

 

Clementine knows it too. Except, unlike Jago, she knows what it is.

 

Magic.

 

In a futile attempt to ignore her magic, Clem inadvertently gets forced to accept her fate – that her magic is getting stronger – when Jago’s bullying gets too much, and she gets suspended from school (Which is rather convenient, considering what happens in the rest of the book!)

 

While wandering about the town the following day, she finds herself drawn to a house that wasn’t there before – How could she have missed it? Doesn't she explore this town on a daily basis?

 

Following the tried and tested saying “Curiosity killed the cat” (Although no one actually dies), she goes inside and finds herself surrounded by thousands of snowglobes – all containing trapped magicians.

 

Further exploration leads to a shocking discovery: Dylan, Jago’s best friend, is trapped in a snow globe too.

 

Snowglobe creates a magical world described with wonder and beautiful imagery - and the multitude of snow globe prisons in Ganymede's house gives Amy Wilson free rein to bring us a truly rich tapestry, in the words of another review.

 

However, while the concept was strong, and consistent, there were quite a number of elements at play – from the magic, to the snowglobes, the bully befriending the bullied and even a lost Mom, it’s easy to get turned around – Although I’m sure that’s how Clem felt too.

 

Especially when she runs into Ganymede.

 

The story was extremely creative, and a stone’s throw away from being one of the most unique novels I’ve read thus far – but it did leave me with questions.

 

I’m trying my best not to spoil the story, but what happens to Clem and Dylan’s friendship after they succeed in their story? And Clem’s Mom? How did her Dad react? Like, I need to know quys...

 

The conclusion was strikingly effective, and even sweet – But I think having an epilogue after this would have helped tie it off nicely, pretty bow and all.

 

All in all, the characters are interesting – and I think Clem as a teenager would make for an interesting Young Adult novel – and I think children (who actually read) will enjoy this book filled with unique worlds contained within snowglobes.

 

Also, there’s a dog. I love dogs!

 

It certainly makes me wonder – That snow globe I got my Mom with the leprechaun (All the way from Ireland), does that mean there’s a magician in there too??

 

Amy Wilson’s Snowglobes deserves a 3.5 star rating – it would have been five stars had it been a bit longer, and Clem’s parents reunited.

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The beautifully spellbinding and critically acclaimed story of a thousand magical worlds from the author of A Girl Called Owl and A Far Away Magic.

 

When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.

 

So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds.

 

Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger.

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