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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Luminescence (Book 3 of Middle School Magic series)Luminescence (Middle School Magic, #3)
by Braden Bell

320 Pages
Published March 11, 2014

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Determined to rescue their favorite teacher, Conner, Lexa, and Melanie confront their worst fears and use their powers in unexpected ways to defeat Lady Nightwing, the treacherous Darkhand leader. But when the trio makes a terrible choice to save Dr. Timberi, their powers may not be enough to keep everyone alive. A thrilling conclusion to the Middle School Magic series!

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The end of a trilogy is always somewhat bittersweet for me, and this was no exception. Mr. Bell has taken us on a fun, magic-filled journey - and the worst thing I can say about it is: It's over.

Kids will love the magic, the adventure, the fun, the real-to-life characters. Parents will appreciate the examples of self-sacrifice and friendship, loyalty and teamwork. The kids stick up for what they know to be true, even when the some of the adults doubt them.

You might assume from that list of qualities that the book is preachy, but the exact opposite is true. Each of the kids faces their own troubles, and learns to deal with them in their own ways.

If you haven't read the first two books, I highly suggest reading them before this book - if you don't, you'll be playing catch-up the whole time.

If you're looking for a good, well-written, exciting, middle-grade-age-appropriate adventure, this series is for you!

5/5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much, Rebecca! I appreciate your time and kind words. I'm feeling a bit bittersweet myself.