Book Review: Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods – Tania del Rio and Will Staehle


Series: Warren the 13th #2 (See my review of book one here!)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 224
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: Quirk Books kindly sent me a copy of this book to review.

Synopsis:

This sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye begins soon after the first book’s conclusion.Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles. Once again, you can expect stunning illustrations and gorgeous design from Will Staehle on every page along with plenty of nonstop action and adventure!

Review:

I recently read Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye in one sitting on Halloween. I loved it so much I dived straight into the second book in the series, Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods. In this instalment Warren and his friends are back, this time in their moving hotel. All the favourite characters are back, including my new favourite Sketchy the monster. Like the previous book it is absolutely beautifully illustrated, and the overall design is stunning. I loved the red theme than ran through the All-Seeing Eye, and now the green for The Whispering Woods.

Whilst this story has plenty of action and excitement, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the previous book. It is a fun and charming read, but didn’t hook me in the same way. That being said I still think it’s a fabulous story, and a wonderful series for children and adults. This book has a much more witch centred theme than the All-Seeing Eye, and I loved the illustrations of the nasty witches and the evil Witch-Queen.

With Warren wandering around in the woods this book is very reminiscent of old fairy stories, and this was something that I really loved about the book. The book has lots of themes that I think appeal to little ones and not so little ones, like friendship, loyalty and bravery. If you’re looking for a fun read this winter, the Warren the 13th books are the gorgeous books you need to snuggle up with at bedtime.

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