Saturday, March 2, 2019

Review: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane #1) by Julia Nobel

Emmy's dad disappeared years ago, and with her mother too busy to parent, she's shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England. But right before she leaves, a mysterious box arrives full of medallions and a note reading: These belonged to your father.

Just as she's settling into life at Wellsworth, Emmy begins to find the strange symbols from the medallions etched into the walls and stumbles upon the school's super-secret society, The Order of Black Hollow Lane. As Emmy and her friends delve deeper into the mysteries of The Order, she can't help but wonder—did this secret society have something to do with her dad's disappearance?

 Kindle, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019
 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

It was the cover that drove me to request this one from Netgalley. Look at it, kinda creepy, mysterious and yet inviting at the same time.

It wasn’t until I was almost finished that I realized this is the first book in series and any misgivings I had about unresolved issues made sense. The author laid the foundation for further book(s) with this layered story revolving around Emmy and the mysterious disappearance of her father. The story was interesting enough with a unique cast of characters, at times reminiscent of Harry Potter, a boarding school with a secret society, hidden passageways and a dark secret.

With a targeted audience of middle grade, I found it to be a fun read that focused on friendship, courage, and determination. I’ll continue with this series though no date yet of the sequel. 

My thanks to the publisher (via Netgalley) for an advanced copy in exchange for honest review.

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