on Nov. 26, 2011 :
Witches, trolls, nymphs and Silverfurs .... How can I ever resist that? I love fantasy story like this. Keep the imagination going. Ravencourt manor is a catchy name. The first thing that came to mind was something interesting is going to happen here.I wasn't disappointed.
Emily Jones is like any teenage girl full of spirit and curiosity. The magical diary given by her neighbor Aurelie made her very happy. Everything she wrote in the diary came true like her brother appeared before her and wishing for her parents back together.
Then, there's the ancient magic mirror. What I don't understand was why did Clifford (Aurelie's nephew) mention the mirror to her, asking her to open the portal to Black Wood? Did he know that it leads to something really bad? When Emily didn't cover the miror, her life changed forever... not sure if it was for the better or worse. For now, it seems to lean more on the worse side. Muriel appeared in her attic and took over her family. She turned her brother into a troll at night.
Emily with the help of Aurelie learned a few spells. She had to find Muriel's heart and destroy it to keep her family together. To do that, she had to enter Black Wood through the mirror. Armed with only a few magical phrases, she gathered her courage and ventured into an unknown world fulled of mysterious creatures. That 'spidery' creature reminded of me of the spider in Harry Potter. Then, it took me by surprise. It was not a spider, but something totally scary!
Emily managed to get out of Black Wood but she didn't find Muriel's heart. In the end, somewhere, somehow, something happened in Black Wood because the strange creatures entered our mortal world...
Well done, Jayde Scott. Looking forward to the next adventure!
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
on Aug. 28, 2011 :
My 15 year old daughter has actually read this one before me so here is her review.
Surely witches, trolls, nymphs and silverfurs are figments of imagination? Emily Jones thinks that until she moves into Ravencourt manor, her deceased grandmother's manor. Its just as creepy and scary as she remembered it.
To bring her separated parents together again Emily opens a portal to Black Wood. And so Emily's long, dangerous fight against the evil Muriel begins.
Will Emily learn to use her grandmother's legacy before Muriel unleashes her powers upon the world?
I read this book to help my mum review and promote her blog giveaway http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.com/2011/08/e-book-giveaway-when-we-reach-100.html and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I flew through it, it only took me two sessions on the computer to read it (I probably would have read it quicker but due to my mum's giveaway she was reading on the kindle!). I am hoping there is going to be a sequel to it, and if there is I will definitely want to read it! I absolutely love the cover as well, if it was on the shelf at Asda I would definitely pick it up to read!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)