For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.
Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.
PROS: What Made Me Fall In Love!
- It’s a book about books. It’s based around a game where you hide books and track them down using keys and ciphers, two of my favorite things.
- The characters and their relationships. The characters acted their age. They’re young, their stubborn, and they make mistakes, and I loved how this was portrayed throughout the novel and watching the characters grow. The relationships between the main character and her friends, family, and even the interesting side characters really add to the enjoyment of the book for me.
- Nostalgia. This books really reminds me of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and The Secret Series, and a little bit of Lemony Snicket. In my book, that equals extra brownie points.
CONS: Things That Make You Go “Huh?!”
- Pacing. In several spots throughout the book, the pacing varied so much that it was hard to keep up. I know this may not bother some people, but it really takes me out of the story if I have to stop and reread to match the suddenly shifting pace.
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars!
I hope you all decided to pick this up and give it a shot, I would love to hear in the comments if you’ve read it and what you thought of it.