Title: Stop! Don't read this, it's impossible!: Maya's magical adventures continue. The impossible quest for the magic bone.
Author: Maya and Malcolm McCoard
Genre: YA Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure
Hilarious and surprising sequel to the 2017 Purple Dragonfly prize winning young adult novel Maya's Magical Adventures. Join Maya, her rather grumpy and unhelpful cat Mischief, dragon Blink and friends on another laugh-out-loud mystery as she comes face to face with magical and terrifying foes on an impossible quest to restore her friend's magic bone and with it her powers.
"Hugely imaginative, a feel-good story that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions with unexpected plot twists and cliff-hangers."
To find and restore the lost magic bone and defeat her enemies, Maya and her friends must gather the ingredients for the impossible spell, each of which, naturally enough, it is impossible to find or does not exist. So if you want to find out how to find something that cannot be found, gather ingredients that do not exist and cast an impossible spell that can never be cast ... Stop! Don't read this. It's impossible!
Maya and her magical friends are on another adventure and you won’t want to miss a moment.
In order to defeat those who wish to stop her, Maya must somehow find and regenerate the lost magic bone’s mystical power. How? I’m glad you asked. She must cast a spell with ingredients lost years ago. Sounds impossible? Not for Maya and her gang of adventurous mates. Will she succeed, or will her enemies get the upper hand?
There’s so many things that happen in this book and I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone so I’ve left my review rather vague. I’ll tell you what I enjoyed about this book:
Witty dialogue. With whip-smart timing, the dialogue kept me turning the pages. Each character has its own voice and there were times when I laughed out loud. Think Lemony Snicket, only better.
Characters. Maya is still my favorite but the others are certainly burrowing their way into my heart.
Adventure. The mystery and the impossible spell carries throughout the plot. Well done. In my opinion, it’s the backbone of the whole story. Will she or won’t she find all the ingredients in time?
The only downside was the ending. Cliff-hanger endings don’t impress me and with this one, left me feeling rather empty. I’m hoping book three will tie up all the loose ends.
If you’re looking for the next thing to read after Harry Potter, pick this up today!
Favorite Character/Quote: Maya. She’s still my favorite character. There’s such an infectious giddiness about her I just love. It’s like being around your best friend and giggling over something silly.
My Rating: 4 stars
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The accidental author - Malcolm started writing in response to his 8 year old daughter's request when he was making up bedtime stories about dragons and other magical adventures one night. "You have to write that one down daddy!" Maya insisted. Maya then provided illustrations and ideas for the book which incorporates a number of characters based on her close friends and family. The book won the YA category in the 2017 Purple dragonfly book awards. Maya has now got the reading bug good and proper and has helped with the sequel - "Stop! Don't read this, It's impossible" where they go in search of her good friends magic bone. If you don't have a magic bone in you're body...you might like to find out why. No Stop Don't read it …. It's impossible.
Maya and Malcolm have also produced a picture book "The six lives of Henry the Eighth - The world's most unlucky cat. The family approach continues with the books being edited by Anne and Elizabeth McCoard, the author’s wife and mother respectively.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N