The Books of Elsewhere: Spellbound (Volume 2)

Author: Jacqueline West

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

Website: http://www.jacquelinewest.com/


Spellbound is the second volume of “The Books of Elsewhere”

This book continues the adventures of Olive Dunwoody, Morton, and the three cats, while introducing a new character, Rutherford Dewey. In this book, Rutherford introduces the idea of a spellbook left behind by the McMartins. After finding the book, Olive forgets her intentions of helping Morton, and ends up letting her greed take over, and using the book for her own satisfaction.

This paragraph:

“She studied the painting of Linden Street, remembering that she could finally climb in on her own again. But she didn’t want to. The problem of Morton seemed distant and unpleasant now, like a mass of grey rain clouds on the horizon, which will eventually drift closer and spoil the whole day. The spellbook was much more important. Once she got it back, maybe she would think about helping Morton. Maybe.”

I feel portrays how the house was manipulating her and making her forget about those she cares about. And how for part of the book, the spellbook and the house’s secrets was all she cared about.

In this book, I really liked Rutherford, as I felt I could connect to him. He is obsessed over Dragons and Medieval wars and dinosaurs, but that’s not the part I can connect to. I am a so called “Fangirl”, and that basically means I obsess over my interests. (But for me it would be books or anime or TV shows or YouTube etc.) So, I liked that there are many different characters for whomever may be reading.

I also liked that with all the recaps, if you skipped the first book, The Shadows, (Though I do not recommend skipping books.) you could still pretty much understand what was going on. I think that is an important aspect, as most of my peers don’t care about reading the books in order.

This book was very well written, and still kept the pace and style of the previous books, with just a tad of creepiness. These books made me feel very empathetic, as if I could feel how the house was manipulating her. It lures you, like Olive, into a false sense of security, and tricks you into thinking finding the book is a good thing, but as you get farther and farther into the book, you realize, (like Olive) you had been tricked.

So, in conclusion, I liked this book just as much as the first one, if not more.

Next three volume reviews coming soon.

-Emma Ellisor


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