The Spy With The Red Balloon, by Katherine Locke

download (1)Title: The Spy With The Red Balloon

Author: Katherine Locke

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Date Published: October 2, 2018

Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out.

Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America’s newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany’s nuclear program. It’s a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would be catastrophic.

When Wolf’s plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Wolf needs Ilse’s help to develop the magic that will keep him alive, but with a spy afoot in Ilse’s laboratory, the letters she sends to Wolf begin to look treasonous. Can Ilse prove her loyalty—and find a way to help her brother—before their time runs out?

This book was provided to me by Edelweiss. None of my thoughts have been influenced in any way. All opinions are entirely my own.

This book was just as good as it’s companion novel, The Girl With The Red Balloon. I loved how realistic this book was and how it made the magic seem possible. The writing style was brilliant and I can’ t wait to read more by Ms. Locke. The characters were also very well written and I loved them with all of my heart. The plot was very intense and I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole book.

The writing style was very beautiful and addictive. I couldn’t wait to read more of it. I hope that Ms. Locke writes more YA so that I can read more of her lovely writing style. I think that Ms. Locke is very talented and I loved the way that she wrote her tale. I loved the way that Ms. Locke wrote dialogue and I can’t wait to read more about it in her next book. I can’t wait to be encompassed by Ms. Locke’s writing style again.

The characters were so realistic!!! I loved them all so much and their little quirks were so adorable. Ilse was such a tough girl and she will go on to do great things. Wolf was such a sweetheart and I think that he needed a happy ending more than anyone else. The side characters were also amazing and no detail was spared on them. I hope that we get a third book highlighting the backstories of some of them.

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The cameos and backstories explained in this book were amazing!!!! I was so invested in them and could not wait until the final reveal. I learned how Zerberus was invented and I saw some people from The Girl With The Red Balloon. It was very satisfying. I would suggest reading The Girl With The Red Balloon before The Spy With The Red Balloon although you could read The Spy With The Red Balloon first. The cameos didn’t appear very much, or for very long, but I couldn’t wait until my next glimpse of these special characters.

The plot was very unique and well written. There were two POVs and both were written equally well. I loved how well Ms. Locke divided the action and the planning. It was brilliant!!! I can’t wait to read the next book written by Ms. Locke and be immersed in yet another epic plot.

This book was amazing and I highly recommend it and it’s companion novel, The Girl With The Red Balloon. I got the summary from the publisher. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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