Series: Genie #2
Published by HarperCollins on September 14th 2010
Number of Pages: 288
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
She's no ordinary bird. . . .
For stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess, life has never been trickier. Milly's worried about her singing audition, Michael's losing his friends, Jason's never going to get picked for any sports teams, and as Jess's exams loom closer, she can't seem to remember anything. But then Fenella, the only living phoenix in the world, swoops into their lives looking for help—and their problems really begin!
Fenella has laid a magical egg, but if she wants it to hatch she needs four very special ingredients, scattered throughout time to the far corners of the world. So the children embark on a hair-raising hunt across the world, through the past, present, and future. And with a crazed phoenix-worshipping cult on their tail, a grumpy gryphon to soothe, and time paradoxes to avoid, Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess will need all their wits and bravery if they hope to succeed.
I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I still liked it, but there were a number of cringe-worthy moments that made me want to skim past them.
Like the first book, the 4 siblings stumble upon something magical. And they go on various adventures to help the phoenix hatch her egg. I liked Fenella, she didn’t act like I expected a phoenix to in my head, but she was a fun character if a bit ditzy.
I liked how the kids had to work together in order to get each item that Fenella needed. And while it was believable that some of them succumbed to temptation to use the items themselves, I kept hoping that they would realize that “be careful what you wish for” would apply. It certainly did in their first adventure!
We get to see Skribble for a bit, and there is the obligatory evil character that you wouldn’t expect. I liked how it all tied together, and the twist at the end about Fenella’s egg. Milly is still my favorite of the siblings, but all of them clicked better with me this time around except for Michael.
These are the only 2 books in the series at the moment, no idea if more are planned. But even if they stop with this book, the adventure is tied up and doesn’t really leave anything hanging.