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Blog Tour – The Worlds Traveler (The Hidden Gifted #2) by M.L. Roble

Published December 11, 2015 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

Life on the run from madman Martin Reimer gets in the way of everything.

For fourteen-year-old Phillip, it has meant having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift of moving through maps to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger named Delroy brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own and he was sent by Phillip’s father. Now Phillip will do everything he can to find his dad, even if it means tricking Delroy into helping him or a quest through those hidden worlds.

Even if leaving home means Martin can now find him…

Follow in the adventures of Phillip Stone and Natalie Bristol from the award-winning book The Magician’s Doll!

What did I think?:

The Worlds Traveler is the second book in the Hidden Gifted series by an author I’m starting to think is seriously gifted herself. In the first novel, The Magician’s Doll, we met Natalie and Phillip, two teenagers with extraordinary magical abilities. Phillip has the ability to travel through maps to any destination of his choice and Natalie is able to perform tricks with her mind and enhance Phillip’s own powers. After a nail-biting finale in the first story, we meet the children again as they are experimenting with time travel and a close shave when the two are almost caught at Edinburgh Castle. Their mothers are slightly concerned and suggest that perhaps they should resist the urge to time travel. Even though the group have moved to a new town and set up protection spells that should reduce the chance of the evil Martin and Sebastian finding them, they are still living in dangerous times and should not draw any unnecessary attention to themselves.

Phillip in particular feels very fed-up with this new rule. He has thoroughly enjoyed travelling through time and was hoping to use his gift and his special map to try and find his father, who has been missing in mysterious circumstances for a while now and he sorely feels his absence. A new arrival in town brings a little adventure back into the proceedings and when he finds out more about this strange traveller, especially concerning his “gift,” he is determined that nothing is going to stop him trying to find his father, with or without the strangers help (although it would be a bonus!).

Leaving a note for their mothers, Phillip and Natalie embark on what could easily be the biggest and most perilous adventure of their lives in the search for a man they are not even sure is still alive. During their journey, they “become clouds,” (sounds weird, but believe me it is so much fun to read about!) make new friends, including a peculiar caterpillar-like many-legged googly-eyed creature who is simply adorable and finally, as you might expect, they end up in some very dangerous situations. In fact, by the end of this book I was left on absolute tenterhooks, desperate to know what was going to happen next and can’t believe I’m now going to have to wait to see how the story continues! This is a fantastic continuation to The Hidden Gifted series which is packed with so much action, adventure, fantastical creatures and picture-perfect scenes from an author with both huge imagination and talent.

To read my review of The Magician’s Doll, click HERE.

To find out more about M.L. Roble visit her website at http://www.mlroble.com and follow her on GoodReads or Twitter @mlroble

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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The Magician’s Doll (The Hidden Gifted #1) – M.L. Roble

Published December 10, 2015 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

Twelve-year-old Natalie has a lot to handle this year, what with the bullying and the sudden development of her rather unusual abilities. But a circus is approaching, a storm is brewing, and with them comes the arrival of Beausoleil the Magician, his daughter, Louisa, his mysterious doll, and Natalie’s biggest challenge yet!

What did I think?:

I was contacted by the author of this children’s book aimed at middle-grade readers and asked if I would like a copy in exchange for an honest review. Of course I’m always happy to give any book a chance and support independent authors and it’s at times like these that I really love being a blogger and having these opportunities, because I think this book is something really special and deserves all the publicity it can get.

The story revolves around two main characters, Natalie and Phillip who have known each other for their whole lives but may have a little more in common than they think as their mothers have been keeping huge secrets from them. Both children have always known that they are a bit different and unfortunately this usually makes them the target for the school bullies but neither could have imagined that they are gifted in magical abilities. The secrets start to come out on a trip to the circus as they are watching a magic show, where a doll appears to come to life, something strange and frightening happens to Natalie. As a result, their mothers have no choice but to tell them the truth and help them understand and control their powers.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news as well. Natalie and Phillip have so far been living under their mothers magical protection spells due to the existence of some very real and dangerous evil that has played a part in Phillip’s fathers strange disappearance and threatens all their lives. Both children must learn all they can about their gifts and how they can best use them and, with the help of their new friends from the circus, keep each other safe from the deadliest and cruellest of enemies.

I was pulled into this wonderful story immediately with the appearance of two main characters that were so readable and that I instantly cared about, a plot that was exciting and filled with tense, edge of your seat moments and a bit of magic which let’s face it, is always a bonus in a story for me! I also enjoyed the issues that the author explored including friendship, bullying, love, greed, the importance of family and basically, “how to be a good human being,” all essential bits of information for the younger reader but with morals I believe adults could still get a lot out of too. The drama never stops and there are some real cliffhanger moments that will have you dying to read just one more chapter. It’s also beautifully set up at the grand finale for the next instalment in the series, The Worlds Traveler which I’m delighted to be reviewing tomorrow as part of a blog tour for the author. I can see this book being read both inside and outside of the classroom by the young, old (and in-between, of course!) and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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