Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth

Grade: A

Hannah is almost thirteen when she discovers her family is cursed...

Desperate to break the dark spell and find her missing father, Hannah starts a treacherous journey back in time. If she can find all four pieces of a magical puzzle ring, her family will be reunited. But her quest takes her back to the days of Mary, Queen of Scots-- a time when witches are burned at the stake and danger lurks everywhere.

Can Hannah put the puzzle ring together fast enough to save her family?

Character Development: 5/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 6/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice: 5/10
Plot: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 53/70

Age Appropriate? G
Cussing: None
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Not that I can remember...
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Nothing too bad at all.

I must start by saying that this is a middle grade book, so it's not something that appeals to me as much as YA. I would have absolutely devoured The Puzzle Ring when I was in middle school, and even now I quite enjoyed it.

The vivid setting and imagery was my favorite part of the novel. Kate Forsyth pulled me into the story with the sights, sounds and smells. It was marvelous! I wanted to hop on a plane immediately and go to Scotland. And I really wanted to taste some of Linnet's marmalade cake! The difference between the modern setting and that of Queen Mary's time was excellently depicted.

The characters weren't that appealing to me. They were mostly bubbly, flat characters. They didn't have different layers of personality. However, this didn't bother me too much because they were simply a fun aspect of the story.

Overall, The Puzzle Ring is a very entertaining read for all ages, though the middle grade will enjoy it the most. It's just a pleasurable, sit back and escape from every day life, kind of book.

Kate Forsyth
Interview with Kate


  1. Great review! This sounds truly awesome!!! I have not heard of it before, but will keep an eye out for it now!


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