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The Spy With The Red Balloon, by Katherine Locke — September 24, 2018

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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The Girl With the Red Balloon, by Katherine Locke — May 4, 2018

The Girl With the Red Balloon, by Katherine Locke

downloadSixteen-year-old Ellie Baum time-travels to 1988 East Berlin, where she meets members of an underground guild who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the wall, and learns that someone is using dark magic to change history.

This book was astounding!!!! I loved it and was lucky enough to get it signed by the author. She was such a nice woman and I loved talking to her. The characters were very realistic and I loved them all to pieces. The plot was like nothing I have ever heard of before. And the setting was brilliant. If you want to know more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

The characters were superb!!!! I loved them all to bits and I hope that they all find happiness, wherever their futures take them. I loved how all of the characters changed over the course of the book. In the beginning, I didn’t like some of them a lot and by the end, I was rooting for all of them. I also enjoyed the way that all of the characters interacted with each other. This book was also very diverse, with some Roma people and a blue haired girl. The characters are all very precious to me and I love them with all of my heart.

My favorite character was Mitzi. She was so sweet, even though she didn’t have to be. I loved her blue hair, in protest of the government and I loved the way that she became friends with Ellie and was always there for her. I wish Mitzi had gotten her own chapters, that would have been interesting. I wish that everyone had a friend like Mitzi, not the blue-haired part, but the part where she as always there for you. 

The plot was very intense. As soon as you got to 1988 nothing stopped coming at you. I loved it. So, I can say that I love action-packed books in general. The pacing was quite fast, but it should be for a 200 hundred page book. There were quite a few plot twists and cliffhangers. Those always conveniently came when I needed to put the book down to do school work or go somewhere. I loved how everything came together in the end. It was quite nice, and I wonder what has happened to Ellie and everyone else. 

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The setting was very well done and I enjoyed it. I don’t know very much about the Berlin Wall, we haven’t learned about it yet in school, so this book was helpful. I loved the background about the Runners and the Shopfers. I was very curious at the beginning of the book and by the end, all of my interests were sated. By the end of this book, I found myself growing attached to East Berlin. I can’t wait for the next book!!!!

This book was amazing and I love it with all of my heart. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a touch of magic. I got this summary from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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