The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson [Review]

A tale of magic with a difference.

Because in this world magic isn’t just for wizards

Aldwyn, a street wise alley cat, is having a bad day, being chased across town by the most feared bounty-hunter around, when in a moment of desperation he hides out in a strange pet-shop, he has little idea his life is about to change forever.

Moments after he hides away, a young wizard arrives with his teacher to choose his Familiar. Of course, the young wizard Jack ends up selecting the alley cat and despite a lack of any magic what-so-ever, Aldwyn feels an immediate tug towards hit new ‘loyal’.

Despite being an ‘imposter’ in his new life, Aldwyn starts to fit right in and his bond with Jack strengthens.

When, Jack, his sister and their fellow student are kidnapped, Aldwyn and his fellow Familiars, must set out on a dangerous journey to save them. A dangerous journey that will surely expose Aldwyn’s secret…

I wasn’t sure what to make of this one, when Harper Collins sent it to me for review, whilst I read a lot of YA books, I read less of those that are aimed squarely at the younger end of the Middle Grade/Tween age group. But I have to say it did look a lot of fun, and after finishing it, I can say, it completely did live up to that first impression.

Whilst as an adult reader I could see where much of the book was going, it did it with a lot of style and a wonderfully lighthearted touch and was even able to though some great twists into the mix, to keep even the most jaded adult reading this to his or her kids interested (and maybe even reading ahead, just to, you know, check things out… ;))

Buy: The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

This review was done from an ARC provided by the publisher for review purposes.

7 thoughts on “The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson [Review]

  • December 3 at 7:21 pm

    OOOH! I love the UK cover.

  • October 17 at 4:20 am

    So glad you enjoyed this one! It’s on my list to review in the very near future and I wasn’t sure if the book would live up to all of the hype. So far though, it seems everyone is in love with this great new book!

    • October 17 at 11:05 am

      I think it’s just so much fun, it’s easy to like. 🙂

  • October 16 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for this awesome review, I’m more psyched than ever to read this. ^_^ I’m an aspiring writer myself trying to get my two novels published, and this is a great inspiration to me. Thanks again.

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  • October 15 at 1:03 pm

    I sometimes have trouble reviewing middle grade books because I can’t see the book from a kid’s perspective. I had an easier time when my niece was young because we would read the books at the same time and I could color my opinion with hers.

  • October 15 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve been toying around with reading this one and now I’ll have to officially add it to the list. I’m an elementary school librarian and it sounds as though it would be great for my 4th – 5th graders.

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