Source: From Netgalley and Little, Brown Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Series: Marabel of Magikos #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother--and their kingdom.
In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.
But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants--and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.
This book caught my eye due to its whimsical cover and its adorable synopsis - magic, a fantasy world, and an adventure. It is everything I enjoy and it did not disappoint.
Marabel is a princess who is often looked past because she has a twin brother that will be taking over the kingdom and is thought to be the Chosen One. Her parents dote on him and she is always in the shadows. When her evil aunt kidnaps him, Marabel tasks herself with getting him back and embarks on the adventure to save him. She travels with a friend and a chatty unicorn and has to break into another realm and a castle to go get him.
I really loved this book, it was so much fun. The adventure was fantastical and so much fun to read, it had me on the edge of my seat a lot of the time and I couldn't wait to dive back in when I had to stop reading. The characters all had great growth through the story - including the adults and I think that is a great aspect of this book. Most of the time it is only the main character but in this one everyone has some realization about how to better themselves - so good.
I think this is a great book to share with younger fantasy reader, I think they can learn bravery and courage and to believe in themselves as they read and adventure with Marabel. It was so great!