Magic in the Mix is the sequel to The Magic Half. Miri and Molly have settled in the present were everyone believes they are the middle twins in the Gill family. Only Miri and Molly remember that Molly is originally from 1935 and was rescued by Miri. When their dad tears off the back porch of the house he opens another portal to the past, specifically 1918 where the girls again see the evil Flo and meet Molly’s mom Maudie. A broken window opens another door into the past this one to 1864 and the Civil War. The girls rescue a couple of Yankee prisoners from the evil Clark, but find out they are not the only ones who can time travel when their brother Roy and Robbie end up in 1864 as well. Of course they are dressed as Yankee soldiers since they were on their way to a Civil War reenactment. It is up to Miri and Molly to rescue the boys and get back to the present time.
This was another nice book by Annie Barrows. I found it interesting that the littlest changes to the house opened up portals to different times and different openings went different times. I liked that all the kids had to think on their feet and figure out how to get out of a dangerous situation. I wish there had been more parental presence in the book. The mom and dad are barely around and barely make an impression throughout. Not a very realistic or likely story but one I am sure kids will enjoy.
I received this book from Netgalley.com.
Found opens on an unusual note: a plane appears at an airport. It’s not on any manifest and there are no pilots on board. Stewardess Angela DuPre is the only who saw it appear and is the only one brave enough to set foot on the mysterious plane. What she finds is quite surprising: 36 babies on board with no parents or other adults in the vicinity. Once the infants are taken off the plane, it disappears.
13 years later, we meet a boy named Jonah who has recently begun getting mysterious messages in the mail that appear to be related to the fact that he is adopted. Things get stranger when his friend, Chip, reveals that he has also been receiving messages in spite of the fact that he’s not adopted. Or doesn’t think he is until he questions his parents. In shock over discovering that he has been adopted, Chip joins up with Jonah and his sister Katherine to figure out who is sending these messages and why. An unexpected interrogation by the FBI nets Jonah and Katherine a chance to find out a bit more. Chip and Jonah are among 36 kids who have all been adopted and are all located in the same geographic region. They realize this has something to do with the mysterious plane incident and subsequently begin to seek out other kids and witnesses who might know more.
As one might expect from Haddix, this is a fast-paced adventure story and the beginning of a series. This installment merely sets up what will undoubtedly become the main arc of the story, as the matter of how these kids got where they are currently is clearly not nearly as important as where they came from in the first place. There’s a lot of running around trying to piece together clues, only to have them explained in detail near the end. The first part of the book is intriguing and fun; the second becomes quite a stretch in terms of premise and execution. Unfortunately, the questionable premise is what will be driving the series and I’m not certain I can get over it enough to read the rest. Still, an entertaining diversion and a fun take on the time-travel genre.
I am quickly becoming addicted to this series and really wish book three was out already! Thank goodness it is just a trilogy and I only have to wait for one more book for all my questions to be answered. This is truly a gem of a series and a wonderful import.
Sapphire Blue picks up after the events of Ruby Red. Gwen and Gideon have time traveled a couple of times, been set upon by brigands, met the Count, and started a bit of a romance. This book just ramps things up even more. There are many more time traveling trips. Gwen starts to learn more about the conspiracy and the prophecies surrounding the twelve time travelers. The Count becomes even scarier, mainly because he was nice. We definitely don’t know who to trust at all. And the romance between Gwen and Gideon heats up, cools off, heats up, cools off.
I don’t read a lot of time travel books, mainly because I find them a bit confusing. That still holds for this book, but it is just too much fun to matter. Sure Gwen has a conversation with the Count about a meeting he had the day before and she hasn’t had yet. Sure she meets her grandfather one day and then a few days later, but for him it was years. Not confusing at all right? I love how witty and under-appreciated Gwen is. I think underestimating her is going to be the downfall of the society! Probably the best part of the book is the demon ghost and Gwen’s friend Lesley. They steal the show. If there is one negative thing I can say about the book it is that the romance is even more confusing than the time travel. Gwen is starry eyed over Gideon even when he treats her like crap. One minute they are fighting and the next snogging. Neither can seem to make up their minds about the other and it is a lot of back and forth. Frankly, I am not sure why Gwen likes him most of the time. However, romance aside, this is a fabulous series and I truly can’t wait until Emerald Green comes out.