Synopsis via goodreads:
Will Hamelin be summoned again?
Hamelin thinks that his friend Layla is the lost princess from the Land of Gloaming, but he can’t be certain, and neither can anyone else. As he describes his daring adventures to trusted friends at the children’s home, an intricate tapestry of stories is revealed. Many people are connected in strange ways to the other side, and Hamelin is not alone in his struggle to learn the truth, search for family, and question the Ancient One’s purposes.
Meanwhile, dangerous forces search again for the child of both realms, and the evil Chimera gives his agents an important task: find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of King Carr, and keep her from returning home.Disclaimer* I received this as a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own and are in no way influenced by another party.
This review is going to be a little different in format compared to my reviews for the previous two books of the series. If you haven’t checked those out I recommend doing that before reading this post. You can find them here: Book One & Book Two.
This will be more of an overall review of the series up to this point, with the main focus on Book Three: Hamelin Stoop: The Daughters of Carr.
I’m going to be honest, this book just wasn’t enjoyable for me.
I’m sorry I really wanted to sing its praises. I had a really hard time not DNFing and it made me sad. If you read my previous review, you know that book two was my favorite in the series. Book one was a good start, but with book two picking up speed, I thought book three would be an even bigger triumph. Sadly, it left me disappointed and I don’t want to continue this series.
On a more positive note, I do think this could be a nice series for someone else and mostly for younger readers (although also not too young due to some violence as mentioned in previous reviews).
My biggest problem with this series is the way the story is told I suppose. The first book is mostly about Hamelin and his time at the orphanage and his two best friends, but those friends barely appear in book two. In book three, one of those two friends is again the focus. I think the story is interesting in itself, but the way it’s executed isn’t all it could be.
The continuing fact that everyone just automatically loves and does everything Hamelin says is still prevalent in book three and really started getting on my nerves. I needed more conflict, more evil, and characters with some depth.
By all means, pick these up and form your own opinions and we can discuss why you disagree with me. I’d be interested in hearing someone else’s point of view!
If you’re interested in this series you can learn more via the publisher’s website (not a sponsored or affiliate link).
Thanks for reading! -xo Amber
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