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Life on the run from madman Martin Reimer gets in the way of everything.For fourteen-year-old Phillip, it has meant having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift of moving through maps to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger named Delroy brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own and heLife on the run from madman Martin Reimer gets in the way of everything.For fourteen-year-old Phillip, it has meant having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift of moving through maps to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger named Delroy brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own and he was sent by Phillip's father. Now Phillip will do everything he can to find his dad, even if it means tricking Delroy into helping him or a quest through those hidden worlds.Even if leaving home means Martin can now find him...Follow in the adventures of Phillip Stone and Natalie Bristol in this sequel to the award-winning book The Magician's Doll!...

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The Worlds Traveler Reviews

  • Taylor Knight
    2019-04-23 16:35

    The Worlds Traveler is definitely one of the more interesting and unique books that I've read this year and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I was kind of confused and I felt like something was missing. I didn't know until I'd finished the book and was reading other reviews that this is actually the second book in the series. Not only is this book not marketed as a sequel, I didn't see anywhere that this is the second book. I think I would have liked this book so much more if I had read the first book. Overall, I did really like this book but if I had read the first book before hand, I think I would have liked it a lot more. It's still a really fun read though.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-04-08 17:12

    This is actually the second in what I'm calling the "Phillip and Natalie" fantasy series for middle-grade readers, and in this one, The Worlds Traveler focuses on Delroy Mendu, a mercenary. I do wish Roble had indicated on the cover that this is part of a series.This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley and the author for an honest review.My TakeMmm, The Worlds Traveler starts out poorly with too much vagueness and too much of the author trying to impress her readers, but then I either got sucked into the story (at last) or Roble eased up. I'm still not sure which. You may want to start with The Magician's Doll, as I suspect it could give more background information that will make this story's opening clearerI know, I know. A basic premise is for an author to intrigue the reader from the very first paragraph, and that first paragraph irritated me. I mean, how could Phillip not know it was raining? A few paragraphs later and Roble barely drops another hint which didn't make sense. And a few paragraphs later…the same thing with those hours. I never did figure out when they were. It all does make sense later, but it left me annoyed at the author. Not a good mindframe for me.Roble has the makings of a good story, and she needs to work on it some more. There's an unevenness and a definite lack of flow, consistency, and show, as Roble tells her way through the story. I did enjoy the idea of it, but I never did get pulled into her characters or their conflicts. Hmmm, I take that back. I did get really annoyed with Phillip and Natalie at different times.Why doesn't Phillip use his gift in the Mackenzie's Tomb? What's with referring to their mothers by their first names? Phillip is about to get chewed out by Mrs. Stone?? Why not just say Mom? I can see why Phillip would call Natalie's grandmother Mrs. Blaine, but why doesn't Natalie ever refer to her as grandma, granny, or grandmother???Phillip keeps referring to their families having to be prepared to pack up and run, as though they've been on the run from town to town for some time, and Roble proceeds to demolish that idea. There's a lack of consistency that pops up throughout that simply adds to my irritation. That initial revelation in the Shadow World in which Phillip LEAPS to the conclusion Roble explains later was another irritation. It made me stop reading and go back, sure I had missed something. I didn't find it on my initial reading…nor did I find it when I was going through my notes. When Roble tells the tale of the blind man, she first says that he lives in the area and then she has him staying at the inn, where the owner is kind enough to let him stay when he's cured. If he lives in the area, wouldn't he know the owner? The owner seems to know him. Maybe.O-o-o-kay, and now the tropes come out. Oy. I must sacrifice myself to save my mommy. Over and over. Roble had done reasonably well in avoiding the worst of the tropes, but this drove me up and over. Yes, I'm including the amulet incident. Why Phillip doesn't just break the dang thing, I'll never understand. Yes, yes, I'm sure Roble's intent was to provide a reason for book 3, and that scene needed more finesse in why it couldn't be done. Just because it's fantasy, doesn't mean that cause-and-effect can't be realistic.Roble does well in portraying Phillip as the very impatient young man, fed up with adults who don't give him any freedom, who wrap him up in cotton wool, when he's itching to get out and do. It's a nice parallel with Delroy's own past, ahem, itchiness, lol.It was Aerthreis that hooked me. I loved Roble's description of the cloud people and their personalities. Their worries and concerns. Roble's blend of what clouds look like and how Phillip and Natalie changed their shapes to fit in. How excited Phillip was at being a cloud and whooshing through the sky. It made me want to be there!Whoa, Phillip and Natalie are quite mature about who is truly to blame for the horrible things that happen. If only more people were able to see that truth…and yes, I'm including myself in the mix of those who need to work on that one! Phillip is also amazingly accepting of Delroy's suggestion that he work to learn about his new gift. Not what I was expecting when Phillip keeps being so obnoxious about going hunting. Although, I do suspect he'd never have accepted the information his mother has been holding back.Roble was quite natural in how she sent our hunting trio into the different worlds. That camping trip sounded like fun while the trees in the Forests of Tasdima sound amazing. It made me think of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar stories, the ones involving the Tayledras and their Vales. I also liked Roble's story of the gifted ones' possible origin. Nicely introduced and played.This is definitely a middle-grade reader story which younger kids will enjoy, based on how the characters are acting and responding. Parents do not need to worry about bad influences in this.The StoryFor fourteen-year-old Phillip, it has meant having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own, and he was sent by Phillip's father. Now Phillip will do everything he can to find his dad, even if it means tricking Delroy into helping him on a quest through those hidden worlds.Even if leaving home means Martin can now find him…The CharactersPhillip Stone is fourteen years old with a gift of dissolving into his map and appearing in that location. He's best (and only) friends with the thirteen-year-old Natalie Bristol who has her own gifts of enhancing and borrowing others' gifts, "seeing" future possibilities, and others that are hinted at. Janet Stone is Phillip's mother with a gift for sewing protections. Jack Stone is his missing father with a gift for pulling real objects out of drawings or paintings. Serena Bristol is Natalie's mother with a gift for mind tricks; Mrs. Blaine is Nat's grandmother who can twist reality as well as do mind tricks. Beausoleil was a magician with a traveling circus who can make the inanimate animate (The Magician's Doll, 1); now he's hooked up with the Stones and Bristols.Delroy Mendu was another like Phillip, antsy to explore, do, and acquire knowledge with a gift for seeing and traveling to other worlds. He's learned his lesson, and now he's unwanted in more than one world. Teresa is the wife with healing gifts who left him and took their son, Samuel.Aerthreis is……up in the sky where the cloud people live. Azrue seems to be the leader. Pothren is much more nervous. Guitle is an anomaly amongst the clouds. She seeks knowledge everywhere, even when it hurts. An Omphalos is a cloud park, a temporary place for fun.The Shadow World is……a world where the dead wait as they decide whether they want to continue on or not. Pausidio had been one of Jack's partners in their battle against the Reimers. He has an interesting theory I hope will work.Gapea is……a world where the Traucree, who are gentle, patient giants with lots of eyes, live. They're not so gentle if a Reimer gets ahold of them.The Forests of Tasdima will……decide if they will allow you to enter. Or not. Ullbipt is a tracker, and sounds like a roly-poly centipede (Roble does an excellent job of making him sound lovable!); Pluro is his cousin. Sharloc appears to be their leader while Revena seems to be a blend of archivist and seer. Elmus Baltro is Revena's protégé with the same need to be moving and doing as Phillip. Ger was leading a scout party that was attacked. Khimon had been part of the party. The Seat records all that happens in our and their worlds that it deems important.Rasper Tolivo tells the tale of the blind man and Arlea, the gifted one the young man seeks.Martin and Sebastian Reimer, father and son, respectively, are power mad, gathering up all the gifts they can take, so they can rule the world. They'll stop at nothing. Natalie is Sebastian's daughter and Martin's granddaughter.The Coffeys took just that smidge too long to accept what Jack was saying.The Cover and TitleThe cover is brilliant in its blues amidst the craggy spires of the Shadow World. It's Delroy, Phillip, and Natalie standing with their backs to us as they look towards the glowing blue of the arriving dead.The title is specific to Delroy Mendu, The Worlds Traveler, whose gift allows him to see so much more.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-16 15:28

    I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It took me a while to get into this book. Whether it was the book's fault or my own fault, I can't say with complete certainty. I did receive a NetGalley copy of this before I realized that it was a sequel. Perhaps I would have been interested in the plot earlier if I had read Book 1 and known the concept and characters beforehand. It did take me a little while to catch on to who everybody was, the concept, and the main problem of the plot. I would say that about 20% into the book I had a pretty good grip on everything.There were certainly some scenes that I was much more interested in than others. All of the scenes were necessary to the plot of the novel, and none of them were boring. Indeed, they were all interesting; it was just that I was less interested in some scenes than in others.Of course, characters having special abilities is not at all a new concept,but I felt that the way that it was done in this book was very creative and very different from other stories. It wasn't just the children who had abilities, either. It was also the adults; in fact, there was a whole group of people who could do unusual things. In this book there is some backstory given as to how these abilities came about. This backstory makes the development of the idea even more original.I just thought of something else that I ought to mention. I like that the adults were intelligent. The children, of course, disobeyed them at times, but that doesn't mean that the adults were wrong or foolish. A lot of modern writing either disregards adults completely, or makes them out to be fools. I like when I am able to read a book with a variety of character ages and personalities, where both adults and the children are rational and necessary to the novel. The plot was engaging. The series of events and how they progressed and connected was done very well. Once I got about 50% of the way through the book I found that my interest had increased greatly and I was very interested in what was happening and what was going to happen.One of the characters has the ability to travel to other worlds. There were three worlds visited in the course of the book, and one other one was mentioned. As I'm thinking about it, this also would seem to be a typical plot device, and one that would be hard to make interesting. But just as the author took the concept of special abilities and made it exciting again, they made the description of new worlds just as interesting. There was no part of this book that I thought was ridiculous or juvenile.This book holds its own; there were no holes in it and everything worked together nicely. The story has a solid feel to it and the author makes old concepts new and fresh once more.

  • Elizabeth Moffat
    2019-03-25 18:34

    The Worlds Traveler is the second book in the Hidden Gifted series by an author I'm starting to think is seriously gifted herself. In the first novel, The Magician's Doll, we met Natalie and Phillip, two teenagers with extraordinary magical abilities. Phillip has the ability to travel through maps to any destination of his choice and Natalie is able to perform tricks with her mind and enhance Phillip's own powers. After a nail-biting finale in the first story, we meet the children again as they are experimenting with time travel and a close shave when the two are almost caught at Edinburgh Castle. Their mothers are slightly concerned and suggest that perhaps they should resist the urge to time travel. Even though the group have moved to a new town and set up protection spells that should reduce the chance of the evil Martin and Sebastian finding them, they are still living in dangerous times and should not draw any unnecessary attention to themselves.Phillip in particular feels very fed-up with this new rule. He has thoroughly enjoyed travelling through time and was hoping to use his gift and his special map to try and find his father, who has been missing in mysterious circumstances for a while now and he sorely feels his absence. A new arrival in town brings a little adventure back into the proceedings and when he finds out more about this strange traveller, especially concerning his "gift," he is determined that nothing is going to stop him trying to find his father, with or without the strangers help (although it would be a bonus!).Leaving a note for their mothers, Phillip and Natalie embark on what could easily be the biggest and most perilous adventure of their lives in the search for a man they are not even sure is still alive. During their journey, they "become clouds," (sounds weird, but believe me it is so much fun to read about!) make new friends, including a peculiar caterpillar-like many-legged googly-eyed creature who is simply adorable and finally, as you might expect, they end up in some very dangerous situations. In fact, by the end of this book I was left on absolute tenterhooks, desperate to know what was going to happen next and can't believe I'm now going to have to wait to see how the story continues! This is a fantastic continuation to The Hidden Gifted series which is packed with so much action, adventure, fantastical creatures and picture-perfect scenes from an author with both huge imagination and talent.For my full review, please see my blog at

  • Susan
    2019-04-13 16:32

    Phillip misses his father. He wants to use his talent to travel through his map to find his father but his mother doesn't want him to. It is too dangerous as they are hiding from Martin who is a madman due to his desires and wants. What are they? Natalie, his best friend is also talented as she can strengthen someone else's talent. When a man, Delroy comes to Phillip's home, he discovers that his and Natalie's mother and grandmother are having a discussion that he can't hear. Why has Delroy appeared? Will he be able to help Phillip find his father? Will Phillip find his father?This novel is full of adventure and action-packed. There are surprises throughout the book. The author has me wanting another book to resolve some of the questions I still have. It is an excellent read!Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-13 18:31

    I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.I really enjoyed The Magician's Doll, the first book in this series so I was excited to read The Worlds Traveler. It's the story of Natalie and Phillip who have gifts, as do the members of their families. There is a madman who is trying to take all of the gifts of their kind and he especially wants Natalie's gift. Their parents have used their gifts to shield and protect the neighborhood that they live in so that no one can find them. Phillip wants to find his father, who is missing, and when he meets the Worlds Traveler he knows he has found a way.The Worlds Traveler is easy to read and is written well. It's full of drama, suspense, and adventure. There are also a couple surprises along the way. Natalie and Phillip continue to develop their gifts and to learn more about the world(s) around them. I definitely recommend The Worlds Traveler for readers of all ages. I liked it even more than The Magician's Doll!

  • Magda
    2019-04-02 15:27

    Yet another book I had to give up on. Not because it was particularly bad, but it was just not likable. I found it rather boring, especially for a book made for children. The whole idea was quite curious and it even started off well, but I didn't really know where it was going and it felt like the author wasn't quite sure either, or maybe we just weren't shown the path?And about the showing... I might sometimes complain about prolonged descriptions (I have an issue with these after some shool-reads) but I do like when there are descriptions and when the author shows us the world, the heroes, the events. This is yet another story where it's more telling rather than showing. Heroes seemed likable and interesting and I really wanted to try and finish this book to see what these kids can do, but I simply couldn't. Maybe in some far future I'll give it another try.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Vicky
    2019-04-19 12:26

    There are many series that deal with groups of people who have special abilities that the rest of us lack. This series approaches it in a way I haven’t encountered before. The abilities vary from person to person, and they extend from the standard clairvoyance/telepathy/telekinesis/precognition vein. Some of the abilities Robles gives his characters are fascinating, such as the ability to have whatever you need by simply drawing it and pulling it out of your picture. (Too bad I can’t draw.)That’s the high point. The low point is that—and maybe this is because I’m an adult reading work that is meant for middle grades—the protagonists, Phillip and Natalie, disregard adult advice, warnings, and even commands time and time again. They have the classic “I am the only one who can make things right” mindset, and their actions frequently put others in danger. Drives. Me. Nuts.Natalie is the focus of the first book, and she and Phillip both are rocked by many revelations about their lives. This sets them on a path to fighting evil powers.That path continues in the second book, in which Phillip is the focus. Secondary characters are interesting; I especially like Delroy. Ullbipt is adorable.Unfortunately, there are frequent trope incidents, like when Phillip has the chance to destroy a source of power for one of the baddies, but doesn’t, or when there are frequent acts of self-sacrifice for someone else—even though the victim urges that the sacrifice not take place and it does, in fact, make things worse. Of the two books, I preferred the second one, although the first chapter was completely unnecessary. It did nothing to advance the plot, and what little it revealed about the growth of Phillip’s and Natalie’s talents was easily covered later on. The author acknowledges a friend who told him of the setting, and it seems that it was just something cool that got stuck in there just because.Speaking of abilities, Natalie is a little too good to be true—she has remarkable powers of her own, AND is able to use and enhance the powers of those nearby. Obviously, it’s going to be all on her to defeat the bad guys, although probably not alone. Of course, that’s going to be complicated, but I won’t spoil it by saying why.I will definitely read the continuation of this series. I hope that the kids will mature and get enough sense to stop doing stupid things that put them and others into danger and, instead, work with the adults for the benefit of all.Hey, a parent’s gotta dream, right?Possible Objectionable Material:Disobedience galore. Kids roaming unaccompanied. “Magical” powers, if you are bothered by such things. Some violence and lots of danger, threatened and acted upon.Who Would Like These Books:People who like fantasy, struggles between good and evil. Focus is equally weighted between boys and girls, although there are more male characters overall. The protagonists are early teens, and that’s a good market for these books. Approximate Lexile: 820.Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARCs.

  • Book Gannet
    2019-03-26 13:07

    3.5 stars. When I first picked this book up I didn’t realise it was the second in this series (I don’t think it even had a series title when I first picked this up), as there was nothing to clue me in in the review copy I had, so I was a little surprised at first to be thrown into the story without any idea who Phillip or Natalie were or just what their abilities meant. However, I quickly caught on and made it through just fine. Even if I do feel like the entire first chapter is weirdly out of step with the rest of the book.Regardless, this is a fun, imaginative adventure that follows Phillip on his quest to find his father – with a lot of help from his best friend Natalie and the reluctant and mysterious Delroy. All three of them are Gifted – Phillip can travel anywhere through his special map, Natalie has plenty of mind tricks and can also take on other people’s powers, while Delroy can travel into other worlds. I absolutely fell into their adventures and thoroughly enjoyed getting glimpses of these other, imaginative places.Phillip is an interesting main character, with plenty of good points nicely balanced with his flaws. He’s very focused on his goal and sometimes misses obvious problems with his family and friends. He also has a bit of temper at times and can be impatient, getting frustrated at the way the adults don’t seem to do anything. Yet he’s quick-witted too and fun to read about.Natalie is a bit more of a mystery, because this whole story is told from Phillip’s POV. There’s clearly a lot more going on with her than Phillip realises – her father and grandfather are trying to kill everyone, after all, and she has some pretty special powers of her own to try and control – and she can be moody or quiet while trying to figure things out. I liked her, though, because she balances Phillip’s rasher actions with a bit more sense, but she likewise backs him up when the adults seem set on ignoring their wishes.There are plenty of other characters to be met along the way, not least Delroy who has a few secrets and tricks of his own, and of course the other worlds keep everything interesting throughout. There are secrets to be revealed, mysteries to uncover, danger to meet head on and a couple of villains to both escape and try to beat. The whole story romps along with rarely a dull moment and it always feels on the verge of something big happening.Sure, if I’m honest there are a few moments of convenient coincidence and I wasn’t convinced by the argument that they couldn’t return home after they left with Delroy (since they’d already gone out and back in the first chapter), but overall this is fun. Looking for an imaginative adventure with some fascinating creatures and enjoyable characters along the way? Then give this a go. Or maybe start with the first one, The Magician’s Doll, which I would have done had I realised it existed.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Theodene
    2019-04-17 12:19

    When the title said "Worlds Traveler" I immediately concluded that this would be about someone traveling the this world, the one we call earth. Boy, was I wrong! In the context of this book, a world traveler is someone traveling to different worlds! And what an adventure it is to travel with someone who can take you to different worlds!The book begins with good friends, Philip and Natalie, exploring a dark mysterious cemetery. Seriously?! What are young teens doing at a cemetery in the middle of the night? Where are their parents and what are they trying to accomplish? This is where readers learn that Philip and Natalie are not your normal teens. In fact they have special gifts. Philip can look at a paper and be taken to different locations and time travel using his gift. Natalie can take on someone else's gifts and make it stronger, she can talk to others telepathically, and she's serves at Philip's conscience as he often makes impulsive decisions. A sequel to the Magicians Doll, Worlds Traveler takes you in an adventure with the help of an adult who also has a gift, the gift to travel to other worlds. These different worlds include a place where everyone is in the shape of clouds and move around through stretching and floating, personifying the clouds you see above you every day. The various emotions results in the different types of cloud coverage that we see. Another world is a dark place, a kind of waiting area before heading to the afterlife. There's also a forest, where you must be invited to enter its secret center. It's a place where history is written, vegetation is lush and welcoming. Needless to say, the details in Worlds Traveler made me feel like I was right there with the characters looking in. I personally enjoy books that place me right there in the middle of everything. I also love books that expects me to use my imagination. There's nothing better than the words coming to life in my head!Worlds Traveler by M.L.Roble was provided complimentary for an honest review through both NetGalley and Bostic Communications. This review was originally published at:

  • Sam
    2019-03-30 14:11

    The second book in an unnamed series by the awesome author M.L. Roble, I really enjoyed this book. While the first one was much more geared towards the younger part of the middle grade group, this book was slightly older and I think that helped me a little. Like I said in the last review, I don't read a lot of middle grade books because I don't remember a lot about being that age, but this one really reminded me of how emotional and confusing it can be to be fourteen years old. Both Philip and Natalie have become much more mature in the two years (I think?) that have passed since the The Magician's Doll. I enjoyed seeing their feeling towards each other adjust as well as their views on the world change as they started to learn more and more about the world around them.One of my favorite parts of this book was the introduction of Delroy. He is by far the most interesting character, a forced caregiver for two incredibly stubborn and determined children who are still learning more and more about themselves. The fact that he never asked to be in the place that he found himself but did not turn away when the opportunity presented itself shows just how much a child's faith in you can change your heart.The forest. Oh my goodness! I loved this part! The people inside reminded me a bit of a combination of the Bevers from C.S. Lewis and the fair folk from J.R.R. Tolkin (just go with it, it makes sense in my head). Also, I want a library like that! Yes? Thank you!! The entire story was just overflowing with magic and a visualization that allowed me to imagine exactly what was going on and feel the same emotions and understand that characters that much better.I did have a bit of trouble keeping up with the timeline of what was happening when, which I understand was part of the point during a section of the story, but it really disoriented me in the Forest. I would highly recommend this book, but would say read The Magician's Doll first. This book gets a four out of five beans from me!Oh! Receiving this book from the author did NOT influence my opinion on this book.

  • Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
    2019-03-27 11:31

    The Worlds Traveler is a continuation of the adventures of Phillip Stone and Natalie Bristol, teenagers who possess some pretty amazing talents. Phillip can travel by simply picturing or naming a location while Natalie can disappear at will and take others along with her. In this, book two of the series, the teens must hide from an evil foe who wishes to take their powers (as well as those of all the other gifted individuals). In trying to find Phillip’s missing father the teenagers discover marvelous places in new and fascinating worlds.The reader’s enjoyment of the story will be enhanced by having read The Magician’s Doll, but this book can also be read as a stand-alone. Each adventure encountered by the teens is all-together enchanting.The worlds they visit are cleverly uncommon and their experiences are mind expanding; gazing at clouds will never be the same. Teens will devour this book and are sure to love every exciting moment as Phillip and Natalie face up to the challenges which arise.With characters which are well developed and entirely unique, this book will delight and engage young readers. We loved this book as well as the author's style and we look forward to reading more of her work.

  • Absurd Book Nerd
    2019-04-01 17:15

    I will admit I was a bit confused when I first started reading, that is until I realized that this was book #2 in a series. Wow, I wish that had been made clear before I started reading.I think my middle-grade daughter would enjoy the world created by M.L. Roble. It is definitely an extraordinary place and kept my interest, even if it was a bit slow at the start. A quick run-down of the first book would have been helpful.The characters are fun and engaging, each with their own unique gifts. There is danger, a missing father, intrigue, what more could a middle-grade reader ask for?I am going to read the first book in the series, The Magician’s Doll, before passing the whole series along to my daughter.I received an ARC from Net Galley in return for my honest review.Originally posted at Absurd Book Nerd.t

  • Veronica
    2019-04-08 17:08

    M.L Roble has created an interesting and unique world with The Worlds Traveler. It was an exciting and engrossing read and I will definitely recommend the series to my own kids. I did find it hard to follow for quite a while and felt like something was missing but that is only because I started with book two and really should have read book one first (which I will remedy asap). I would have loved a very short synopsis of the previous book so I knew what was going on a bit more. I really want to learn more about this group of people who have very unique "gifts". I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Majanka
    2019-04-09 18:07

    Book Review originally published here: didn’t know the book was a sequel, until I started reading. I didn’t really need the first book to grasp what was going on though. I enjoyed the story, but there was a lack of consistency, and the author used telling instead of showing. The pacing went from slow to fast in milliseconds too. So while it’s enjoyable, the writing could use some work, and the story wasn’t alwways consistent either.

  • TJ Burns
    2019-04-02 16:26

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

  • Pop Bop
    2019-04-05 12:19

    A Reasonably Fresh Approach to Some Well Traveled RoadsMiddle grade books that revolve around the characters' gifts can be all over the place. You can play it for adventure/laughs, like Brandon Sanderson's very amusing "Alcatraz" series. You can go for charm and low-key adventure, like Ingrid Law's southern-fried "Savvy" books. You can make the gifts simple or complicated, mild or world-changing. Here, we have a wide array of particularly fantastic gifts and a plot that spans alternate worlds. Because the gifts are interesting, the worlds are well developed, and the two heroes are a cut above the usual, this book, and the series of which it is a part, struck me as both fine and intriguing.First off, we have two decent principal characters. Fourteen year old Phillip is gifted with the ability to travel anywhere he can locate on his map. Phillip is driven to find and rescue his missing, kidnapped father. Natalie has the ability to "borrow" other people's gifts, and occasionally has plot advancing visions. While Phillip is hot headed and impulsive Natalie is calm and patient, but also seems made of sterner and tougher stuff, mentally, than Phillip. They have a clear and innocent affection for each other and make an excellent team, especially with the touch of teasing and needling that is included in their banter. To my mind they made fine adventure, and reading, companions.The gifts are interesting and cover the gamut. Random "gifted" tend to show up when needed to advance the story, but I don't mind a "utility belt" approach to this kind of plot device as long as it fits within the larger story, which it does here.And that plot is fairly standard. Two "bad" gifteds are stealing the gifts of other gifteds. That's why the series is "The Hidden Gifted". Until the good guys figure out how to disarm or defeat the two bad guys the good guys are in hiding. Each book in the series has a book length arc that turns on some quest and battle with the bad guys, and the overarching arc of the series addresses if, and how, the good gifteds will defeat the bad guys. It's standard, sure, but basically the same plot was the foundation for "The Odyssey" so I can't really complain. The test, to me, is how well each book's conflict plays out, and whether the author can keep me interested. Here we get a bonus. In this book Phillip and Natalie hook up with Delroy, who can travel to alternate and parallel worlds and can take them with him. They agree to help him find some sort of treasure land if he helps them look for Phillip's dad. With that setup we hop from crazy world to crazy world, with the full range of weird creatures and fantastic world building on display. And those worlds are fantastic and interesting. If you aren't fascinated by the cloud people, (who are very deadpan funny), in the cloud world above Earth, well you just really aren't ever likely to enjoy much in the middle grade fantasy genre. This is top drawer stuff. It's also the kind of energetic and imaginative work that makes readers like me willing to plow through the more pedestrian parts of books like this.So, bottom line, good characters, lots of creative and imaginative bits and hooks, and a reliable storyline. That all works for me. (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)