24 Nov 2014

UMA & IMP.

UMA & IMP by LARISA VILLAR HAUSER.

SOURCE: A GoodReads win.

BACK COVER BLURB: Seven years after her parents' mysterious death, Uma is no closer to the truth. Why did Mum and Dad go to Peru? And what were they looking for?

When a stranger called El Jefe starts asking questions, Uma sees her chance to find out more. But El Jefe is dangerous - and Uma is in over her head.

So can Uma find out what happened to Mum and Dad? And will her friend, an invisible imp with attitude, be anything more than a handful of trouble?

Desperate for answers, Uma risks everything ... and uncovers a special secret of her own.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1: Shiny Knight}: A hand crept over the top of Uma's book.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 184}: Coloured lights popped, shot, whizzed through the air, high up and right in front of her face: red, orange, blue, magenta. The lights were bright, alive and vibrant.

MY THOUGHTS: Marketed at those aged nine years of age upwards. With the gift of certain magical abilities I suppose that Uma and Imp has something in common with the Harry Potter series and others of this ilk and yet I was concerned with the mention (no matter how fleeting it might have been) of a Ouija board.

Its always difficult reviewing children's book in as much as as well as having your own personal enjoyment to consider you are also having to take into account that here is a story for individuals many years your junior.

An adventure story suitable for boys and girls alike. Whilst I did quite enjoy the novel I'm sure it is one that will be far better appreciated by young readers.


8 comments:

Brandi Kosiner said...

Glad you still enjoyed even if better suited to the younger crowd

Kelly said...

I love the opening line.

I had a Ouija board as a child and don't ever remember taking it seriously. That said, I have a different opinion of them as an adult and never wanted my kids having one.

Tracy Terry said...

Probably more about me Kelly. I just wouldn't relish explaining a Ouija board to a nine year old let alone a possibly younger child.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Yea, if a story feels more universal (for all ages) then you know it is something that will stick with a young mind.

Suko said...

Tracy, thanks for your clear and concise review of Uma & Imp. It sounds like an enjoyable book for girls and boys at least 9 years old.

Melliane said...

It sounds nice, perfect for little ones!

DMS said...

I haven't heard of this one before. It sounds like a good book for MG readers. Thanks for sharing!
Jess

Claudine G. said...

I haven't heard about this either but will probably skip it for now. Thanks for the review. And Tracy, thank you so much for sharing the giveaway. You keep popping up in my head as I planned for the ebook giveaway because I didn't want to leave you out. One day, if my budget is willing, I'll throw a book giveaway, or if you decide to try out reading ebooks, I'll run another ebook giveaway in your honour. Will be fun!

Enjoy the weekends. ~ Cheers, C.