When timid Brinnie visits her mysterious uncle in his creepy old mansion called Wraithwood, the housekeeper, driver, and other secretive residents don’t seem to know why she’s there. They definitely don’t want her visiting certain parts of the house. Alyssa Roat’s Wraithwood starts like a Victorian gothic tale but turns more magical as Brinnie discovers supernatural forces in upstate New York. But why does everyone keep blaming her for these chaotic effects? Before long she finds herself fighting against a foe from Arthurian legend throughout the manor and a hedge maze, growing more confident in her new powers. Although confusing at times, this tale of wizards battling between our world and a parallel one conjures an enjoyable reading experience.
Best for: Fans of Harry Potter and similar tales of parallel magic worlds.
Discern: Good and bad characters all use wizard magic; and frequent violence, such as a person stabbed to death as the hero watches.