The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Peter Begler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release date: March 2017
It has been almost two months since I received this ARC from NetGalley and the digital copy was about to expire. But I could’t let that happen and now I have finally finished this middle grade fantasy novel.
The story follows Nelly and her brothers who have to travel into the land of Dreams to rescue their mother. But it is not an easy journey. The Dreamlands are not following the rules of reality, which means everything is possible and nothing is at is seems.
I enjoyed this story very much. It was an easy, magical read and it really sparked my interest in reading more middle grade books. The author have a lot more freedom in middle grade fiction than in YA or adult, and he’s able to leave much more to imagination. This could be a problem if the author’s story went all over the place without thought or reason, but Begler did not fall into the trap. The Dreamlands are filled with craziness but everything feels like an organic part of the story.
What I liked most of the story was how strongly it put forward that you should believe in yourself. Say yes and go for it! That’s how you find your mother.
Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins knows there is magic at work that she can’t yet understand. Her mother has been taken by witches and turned into a bird. Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her deep into the Wicked Places — the frightening realm where Nightmares resides. There she must break the spell and stop the witches from turning our world into a living nightmare.