Fiction Friday: Lady Anna’s Secret Garden by S. Thomas Kaza

Friday, July 25, 2014

**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Lady Anna’s Secret Garden is about two brothers who move to a new house and discover a magic wand and journal that the previous owner left behind. One day they find themselves figuring out the entrance into another world, Lady Anna’s Secret Garden. They must work together to not only learn about the garden, but also save it. You can read the official blurb on goodreads at this link.

Let me just start off by saying that this book made me ridiculously happy. The magic element and all the creatures were so fun. As much as I enjoyed it now, I know I would have been absolutely head over heals for this book in 4th-6th grade.

The characters were so real and relatable. Being a middle child I can definitely relate to not only Ken not wanting to play with his younger brother, but also Will wanting so bad to play with his older brother. The parents were so supportive of them and I couldn’t help but love them. My parents would have probably just told me to go play, and there is no way my mom would take me across town to meet someone.

Through the first quarter of the book I wasn’t sure about the writing style. I then realized that it is written no differently than all of the books I read when I was younger and was quickly able to sink into the story after that. It’s not that the writing style is bad, I just hadn’t read a middle-grader book in years and was no longer used to the simplicity of it. I actually found myself really enjoying how simple everything was once I changed my mindset.

This book was kind of like a mix between The Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland. I would say over all it was a fantastic book and I loved it.

I gave it 4.5 stars on goodreads.

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