Friday, May 25, 2018

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

Gwendolyn Gray faces an overwhelming battle every day: keeping her imagination under control. It's a struggle for a dreamer like Gwendolyn, in a city of identical gray skyscrapers, clouds that never clear, and grown-ups who never understand. 
But when her daydreams come alive and run amok in The City, the struggle to control them becomes as real as the furry creatures infesting her bedroom. Worse yet, she's drawn the attention fo the Faceless Gentlemen, who want to preserve order in The City by erasing Gwendolyn and her troublesome creations. 
With the help of two explorers from another world, Gwendolyn escapes and finds herself in a land with clockwork inventions and colorful creations. Now Gwendolyn must harness her powers and, with a gang of airship pirates, stop the Faceless Gentlemen from destroying the new world she loves and the home that never wanted her-before every world becomes gray and dull. 


I started reading more Middle Grade books after reading The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken, which I absolutely LOVED! (Also, I am SUPER sad that the sequel is not scheduled to be released until January!)

While Prosper Redding is still one of my favorites, I really liked this book!

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The story is about Gwendolyn Gray, who is considered weird in her bland and boring city, with her fiery red hair and wild imagination.


Even though my adult-self enjoyed reading this, I know that I would have loved reading it when I was younger!

Also, I really like the author's story! B.A. Williamson (@BAWrites) is a teacher and has been writing this book with input from his kids for the past 6 years. How awesome is that?

Check out an interview with him talking more about this HERE!

The only thing about this book that irked me was the romantic vibes. This is an MG book, and Gwendolyn is way too young to be getting into any kind of romantic plotline. I know I don't want to read about a 12-year-old having a romantic relationship. However, the book is not overly saturated with romance, it is a small plotline among many other more exciting ones.

This was a very unique concept, and B.A. Williamson executed it brilliantly! I can't wait to see what he writes next!

I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Here are some of the promo images from the book's Facebook page that I thought you might enjoy!

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