Friday, May 18, 2012
Daphne and The Mysterious Girls Secret Bathroom Society by Robert Shields
This was an interesting take on the idea of magic. It is a book for teens, or even pre-teens that, once it gets started, makes for an entertaining read.
The main issue I saw with the book is that it starts off too slowly. I don’t really see any teen reader sticking with it long enough to get to the real story, which is a shame. There are some lovely moments, and some quite original concepts in the story, which, when dealing with the idea of magic in the real world, is rather impressive. I’d expected to read something I’d already read before, but was pleasantly surprised.
The characters are fun, although I don’t quite understand what makes them who they are. They appear sort of fully formed, with Daphne and Vi disliking each other for no real reason. I kind of expected that to be a central point of the book and was a bit disappointed when it wasn’t.
The world building is the best thing about the story. It’s original and exciting, keeping the reader engaged. There’s just a nice atmosphere to the whole book which makes me think teens would enjoy it if they get past the first fifty pages or so.
Overall, a fun read.