Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Wingsnatchers
( Carmer and Grit #1 )
Author: Sarah Jean Horwitz
Published: 25. April 2017.
Edition: Algonquin Young Readers
Kindle, 368 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Middle Grade | Steampunk
Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances, she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much-needed boost against the competition. But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadly.
◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
This was such a fun and exiting story. It sucked me in from the beginning and I was very interested in both the characters and the world. It was also an easy read, as is the case with most middle grade books.
The world in The Wingsnatchers was very fascinating and one of my favourite aspects of the story. There is a vast difference between the faerie world, which is surrounded and made of nature, and the human world, which is a steampunk society with many machines and a lot of metal devices. It was interesting seeing how these two worlds coexist with each other and I loved finding out about both of them.
Carmer, one of the main characters, is an inventor and assistant of the magician Antoine. Through him we get a look at the human world and how far it’s advanced, with all the automatons and other machines – that Carmer finds fascinating and thinkers with them. I really loved him as a character. He is very smart and inventive, he always manages to get out of tough situations.
(Even with some mishaps.) He was probably my favourite character. It was also wonderful discovering the world of the fae with him, as he is for the first time confronted with it.
Grit, another main character whose perspective we get to read from, is a faerie. She is not only a fairy, she is the princess of the faeries. Not only that, she is a faerie that was born with only one wing and can’t fly, which makes her different from any faerie that she has ever met. She is very fiery, temperamental and strong. Grit knows what she wants and how to achieve what she wants as well. The only problem I had with her was her short fused temperament – I tend to get annoyed easily with such characters.
(In one instance she really angered me.)
The mystery of the disappearances of the faery very interesting. I really wanted to know what was going on and how it was going to be solved. But I found the pacing to be off and some of the story points didn’t sit right with me. Nothing too major, but some slight things bothered me.
(And I can’t go into detail because of spoilers.)
Also the cover is beautiful. But if you have read the book you will know how fitting it is for it and see even more details than you already did! I was really mind blown when I looked at it after I was done reading the book!
(Can’t go much into that, because that would spoil things.)
Overall this was a very fun book and I would highly recommend it to everyone!