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The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki Review

Reviewed by Linzi Davies

I received this book to read but struggled from the off to get into the genre, mythical creatures and magical occurrences. I believed it to be aimed at a younger audience so asked my young daughter Evie, aged 8, to do the honours. This is what she wrote:

This book is based on the mythical journey of a newly hatched dragon called Yoshiko. Yoshiko is a dragon who doesn’t fit it from the start. When he is first born he cannot fly so he has to go to school to learn lots of exciting things. When he finally learns to fly he flies away to a magical land and fulfils the prophecy. Yoshiko finds special gems hidden in a wall and then discovers that he also is magical. He changes colour when his emotions change, like being happy it sad. He doesn’t want anyone to know his secret but one dragon does. Yoshiko is bullied by others because he is different and has to learn to cope with this which he does with courage. Yoshiko meets by chance an older dragon called Guya who helps him through his journey to fulfil his destiny.

I think this book was interesting and a bit different from others that I have read as it was full of mystery and suspense. I haven’t read any other books based on dragons and I think this author was very creative and used her imagination a lot through the story making it so much fun to read.

I think everybody would enjoy this book but it is probably aimed at young teenagers. I did find some of the words hard to read and understand.

Evie-Jayne (8)

Well I guess I couldn’t have put it any better myself, very eloquent and Evie can’t wait for the next instalment.

Rating: 4/5

Available to buy from Amazon here.

4 Star

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