Friday, June 3, 2016

Seeing Through the Fog!

Children grow up learning the story of Hansel and Gretel and their trip through the woods to the gingerbread house. We even know how they got away. But what we don't know is what happened after the witch was destroyed. Now is our chance. Rudi lives in the woods with his uncle, his horrible aunt, and Lucie and Elsebeth. His aunt is not happy about having so many mouths to feed and she complains regularly. When she takes Lucie and Elsebeth on a walk through the woods with her husband and leaves them there Rudi is angry and worried. He sets out to find them and encounters a strange looking woman. Looks can be deceiving and the stranger helps Rudi find the girls, but first he has to promise to never bother her again. When the trio gets back to the cottage a man is there who wants to be taken to a cottage further in the woods. They must get help from the strange woman again, which is very dangerous. On the way there they discover more about the man’s real identity and what he really wants. Fog is everywhere and it adds to the spooky feeling in the woods. Unfortunately, there is an evil warlock lurking in the forest and it's after the very man they're accompanying. All the fog they are running into is a trap. Now the warlock has his sights set on them. Is there any way to get out of his clutches? What does he really want? Can the terrible creature be stopped? You'll have to find out by reading this riveting tale!
I was excited to read The Eye of the Warlock by P.W. Catanese after finishing two of the author’s other books, and I was not disappointed! I enjoyed finding out what became of Hansel and Gretel, and I liked the way the characters developed. Rudi loves the young girls and will do anything to protect them. He's a great character, but his anger is his downfall. The evil characters play their part well. Boy do you despise them! Just like the characters, the reader gets to figure out what's real and what is an illusion. Don’t get tricked by the fog! I recommend this book to kids in fourth grade and up who enjoy fantasy, fairytales, and twists on stories. I look forward to reading more books by this author!


Has anyone else read The Eye of the Warlock? Or have you read another book by P.W. Catanese? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

~L

32 comments:

  1. Definitely spooky.
    And sadly topical. The Japanese couple who left their son in the woods as punishment has been hitting the news here this week.

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    1. EC- You are right- it is timely. This was a fascinating book and the reader definitely makes strong opinions about the characters. :) ~L

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  2. I haven't read this but it sounds good, a little scary, but a great plot!

    Betty

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    1. Betty- It is a great read. There are scary parts, but just the right amount of scary. :) ~L

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  3. ooh, this sounds like wicked fun! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. A knew to me author but this does sound very good.

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    1. Brenda- A friend told me about the author recently and I have since read 4 of their book. I've enjoyed reading all of them so far. :) ~L

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  5. Oops and here I am, beyond fashionably late! :)

    I've not heard of that book. It sounds like quite a creepy, enthralling read. Speaking of fog, I think I'm in some sort of fog due to commenting at two in the morning. Darned time zones!

    A good weekend to you.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary- If you were up at 2am, you probably were feeling a little foggy. But, your writing is totally coherent. :) Eye of the Warlock is a great creepy read. :) ~L

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  6. A creepy and fun one to give a run by the sounds of it.

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  7. I don't know this author at all but the story sounds very exciting.

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    1. Barbara- It is an exciting story! :) ~L

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  8. I read the original h&g recently. I love the idea of expanding upon that story.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- Awesome that you read the original H and G recently. I haven't read it in a while and now would be the perfect time. I love that this author expands on fairy tales we know and then we find out what happens later. :) ~L

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  9. Sounds good. New to me author though.

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    1. Nas- It is a great read! :) ~L

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  10. This is the first time I came across this author's name. Thanks for the intro.

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    1. Romance Reader- You are welcome! PW's books are very entertaining. :) ~L

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  11. I know I have seen this book but I haven't read it yet...I am reading more middle grade books than I used to and I love the ones I am reading!

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    1. Patty- I am glad you are reading and enjoying more MG lately. They are such fun! :) ~L

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  12. I think having fog in a story line can really give it a creepy feeling... I think this cool to hear about the story after the original story xox

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    1. Launna- So true! The fog in this book is like a character all by itself. :) ~L

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  13. Sounds like something I would have fun reading!

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  14. A Hansel and Gretel sequel...this is awesome :)

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist- I thought so! :) ~L

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  15. Sounds like a very exciting story, Jess & Stephanie. I always felt there was something more sinister behind Hansel & Gretel than was usually interpreted.

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    1. Claudine- For sure! You would love to read this book and find out a little bit more about the "real" story. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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