Book Review: Chase Tinker and the House of Magic by: Malia Ann Haberman

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Crossroad Press

Publish Date: August 13, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination...

Chase Tinker has the power to move things with his mind. His brother Andy can stop time. The thing is, they have no idea where these crazy abilities could've possible come from, and, are totally clueless on how to control them. Chase wants desperately to talk to his dad about it, but Benjamin Tinker has disappeared without a word.

It's a huge shock to Chase and Andy when one day a grandfather they thought to be long dead arrives at their door. He invites them to come spend the summer with him and their cousin Janie on a remote island in an out-of-this-world house where fantastic magic can be found in practically every room, stairway and corridor. Chase can't believe his dad has been lying and keeping so many important things from his sons.

Not long after the boys' arrival at Grandfather's house, their aunt, who has been on a mission to find their missing dad, turns up, hurt, sick—and alone. Now three of the biggest questions in their minds are: where in the world is their dad? And how will they find him? Or, is he...dead? It doesn't help matters when Chase's despicable cousin James arrives and turns everything upside down, even putting Chase's life in mortal danger.

As he spends more time in the house, Chase begins to realize that, not only has their dad been keeping things from them, but Grandfather seems to be keeping several secrets of his own and Chase is bound and determined to find out just what those secrets are.

Chase soon finds out that all their magic is controlled by a strange, incredibly powerful relic hidden in the attic, and if anything happens to this relic every bit of Tinker magic will be lost forever. And, if this isn't enough to worry about, the Tinkers are also facing a terrifying and powerful enemy that is determined to destroy the Tinkers and possess all their magic, their house and their Relic. Now Chase, along with Andy, Janie and their good friend Persephone, must find a way to stop these evil beings in order to save, not only themselves, but everyone else on the planet.

Review: We meet Chase Tinker and his brother Andy on Andy’s 10 and 1/2th birthday. Chase has already learned he can move things with his mind, but he’s not very good at it. When he and Andy go to the park, they discover Andy can freeze time. Chase is excited and Andy’s a bit freaked-out, especially once their supposedly long-dead grandfather shows up at the door. Things have been rough for the Tinkers lately, with their father, Benjamin, missing for quite some time and their mother having to work long hours to make ends meet. Now the boys are whisked away to the Tinker House to learn more about their magic and their family history, as well as meet other family members they never knew existed. Yet, as clear as it is their father has been hiding a lot from them, their grandfather is also keeping them in the dark about something deadly coming…

Ms. Haberman has written a fun and creative story about two boys discovering their magic and their heritage in the face of looming danger. Slightly reminiscent of the Harry Potter, Charlie Bone, and Secret Histories series, ‘Chase Tinker and the House of Magic’ is still one of a kind! I loved the characters and the house of many magical rooms. I enjoyed watching the boys come into their own, magically speaking, and seeing them play as well as fight. This is a great middle-school age book which adults will also greatly enjoy. I eagerly look forward to reading the further adventures of Chase Tinker and his family!

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