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enchantedpalace

ENCHANTED PALACE is the first book in this series by Rosie Banks. Lilah was riveted; I was a little bored. Three friends, Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine, find a mysterious box at a rummage sale. When they finally figure out how to open it, they are whisked off to a magic land where they must help Trixi the pixie save King Merry’s birthday party. The evil Queen Malice has sent thunderbolts into the magical world, and the girls must help destroy them.

The plot was pretty thin on the ground and the characters barely had two dimensions, much less three, but the magic ensured that Lilah would love it. Obviously, this is a series, since at the end we learn that the girls still have more thunderbolts to destroy. This is a perfectly serviceable fantasy quick-read marketed to girls, but nothing special.

Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title courtesy of the publisher.

unicornvalley

UNICORN VALLEY is the second book in the series, and picks up right where ENCHANTED PALACE leaves off. The girls are after another of Queen Malice’s thunderbolts, this one in–you got it!–Unicorn Valley. Lilah would love to visit a place called Unicorn Valley, so she was once again enchanted. I was bored. Instead of King Merry’s birthday party, the event threatened this time is the Unicorn Games. This plot device gives us a deadline for destroying the thunderbolts, but also adds to the predictability. Another adequate entry in an adequate series.

Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title courtesy of the publisher.

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