Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the previous book then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
a pixie’s promise (Dianna Sanchez)
Title: a pixie’s promise
Author: Dianna Sanchez
Publisher: Dreaming Robot Press
Publication Date: TODAY!! (e-book)
Dreaming Robot Press holds a special place in my heart as they were the first publisher to allow me the privilege of reviewing an eArc on NetGalley. That novel was the demon girl’s song, which I loved and reviewed here.
They also kindly gave me a copy of the first book in this series called a witch’s kitchen. That book introduced readers to the Enchanted Forest School where Millie, a witch’s daughter, is sent when it appears she has no talent for magic. All she was good at was baking. Of course when she gets to school, she learns new things and makes friends and discovers her hidden depths. I loved it.
This second book takes place during a break from school and follows a pixie named, Petunia. I adored her (and her silly jokes) in the first book and was delighted for Petunia to take center stage. Petunia comes from a huge family and her mom is so distracted that she can’t even seem to remember Petunia’s name! So when Millie goes away for the school holidays, Petunia goes to stay at Millie’s house to help her out with a project (a lovely spoiler!) and to finally have some peace and quiet. But when an epidemic breaks out, Petunia finds her break to be anything but restful and is given a chance to prove that even pixies can do serious, wonderful things.
The plot was silly and whimsical and light and fun and totally fit my mood. I love that Millie still has a presence in the form of letters, food, and recipes! I love that the old gang including Sagara and Max help out. I love that the “bad” guy may have different reasons than first thought. I love that the characters are still growing and changing and improving. I love the messages of breaking through old prejudices and stigmas. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
This book is technically for middle grade but I don’t care. I believe everyone could enjoy it. This series deserves more love. And so far there are two more books planned in the series. I can’t wait!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Dreaming Robot Press!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Petunia’s tired of being overlooked just because she’s six inches tall. But when the Enchanted Forest is threatened, can she measure up to the task?
She gets lost at home among her bazillion brothers, sisters, and cousins. Even her own parents don’t remember her name! And no one ever takes a pixie seriously.
When Petunia’s best friend, Millie, offers a vacation at her house, Petunia jumps at the chance. Cooking for Millie’s witch of a mother and babysitting a tree should be easy, right? But when an epidemic of spickle pox hits the Enchanted Forest, and Millie’s mother comes down with a mysterious illness, Petunia must pitch in to brew cures as quickly as she can, even if that means using up all her pixie dust.
And when the cure doesn’t work as well as it should, it’s up to Petunia to figure out how to change the formula to save the Enchanted Forest, while living up to all the promises she’s made.
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