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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mara and the Magic Sketchbook is a work of fiction in the fantasy, science fiction, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author J. P. Goorjian. Written primarily for the middle-grade readership, but also suitable for the young at heart, we follow the intrepid heroine Mara as she tries to undo the chaos of her aunt’s wish to cram all of human history into a single house using magic. So begins an imaginative and highly enjoyable crossover adventure as we see a young lady discover her talents and grow into her strengths to make friends, foes, peace, and creativity and ultimately save the day.
Author J. P. Goorjian has crafted a fantastic middle-grade novel that fantasy adventure fans will be certain to fall in love with from its very opening pages. One of the things which particularly impressed me about the work was the commitment to vivid settings and memorable characters, which brings the tale to life in a cinematic fashion. Thanks to bold use of descriptive language, spritely dialogue, and a constant sense of action, this tale carries an exciting level of adventure and atmosphere from chapter to chapter, from each daring situation to an amazing conclusion. Add to this the loveable Mara as the central heroine and her amazing skills, and you have a stunning world that young readers will want to dive into again and again. Overall, I would highly recommend Mara and the Magic Sketchbook for young independent readers, schools, and social groups alike.