Mar 5, 2014

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The Orphan and the Thief
by M.L. LeGette


Publication Date: Jan. 3, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Source: Received for free in exchange for an honest review


DeeJay's Rating
✭✭
Fun, fun, fun!

An adventure that will keep you and your kids spellbound.

Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price.

With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end? (Goodreads)

I'm pretty sure the itty-bitty dragon on the cover is what attracted me to this book. If you don't know by now, I adore dragons and the dragon in this book was about as adorable as dragons come! Add on the great lead characters and the magical adventures, and you have a really great book!

Let's start with the characters. Toad was the "thief" in the book and my favorite from the very beginning. His ignorance (and denials) were just too cute. He was spunky and stubborn, and that just led to loads of fun (for me) when Melena, the orphan, entered the picture. She too was stubborn and quite the know-it-all (Hermione Granger, anyone?) She also had an ignorance about her and the two kids together were just the perfect pair. Melena was book smart; Toad was street smart. Perfection.

Hazel, Melena's Spit-Fire dragon (YAY!) was like I said, adorable. But it was the talking beer mug, Joe, who most often stole the show. He was a total creeper, but could do magic that saved the hides of our hero and heroine more than a few times. Other characters that I really liked? Izzie, Becky and Horace. I won't say too much about them, but they were definitely nice additions to the story.

The magic and adventure were really great in this book and I think young people would have a lot of fun with it (if I did, they definitely would). The world-building was what I would expect of a fantasy book and the writing was superb. The story was fast paced and never really slowed down. I will say that a problem I had with the book was that everything was so tidy. Each problem had a solution and the solution was easily obtained. I can't say that's how middle grade books are because I've read others with more complex problem-solving, like The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. But that was my only peeve about The Orphan and the Thief. Otherwise, it was well done.

Overall, this book gets a recommend from me. It's fun, hilarious, and even sad at times. Both of our heroes have troubled backgrounds and stories and they pulled at your heartstrings a bit. Would I read more by this author? You better believe it. I'd suggest you go and pick this one up now!

✭✭
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Meet M.L. LeGette

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M.L LeGette: Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters--even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages. She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.





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