Dealing With The Fallout From A Simple Wish Can Be Fatal!
The strange and unusual events surrounding Abigail Crumble’s 16th birthday will alter the course of history and change her life forever.
The author presents a fine group of main characters in “The Watcher of the Night Sky”. Her protagonists are richly developed and present well—With Abigail as the unassuming heroine, Olivia as her loyal sidekick, and Clay as the handsome but marred mysterious stranger. Although Pudsey’s secondary cast of princes and admirers, who are bound by Abigail’s spell, is—at first—quite stereotypical of fairytale characters, there is enough depth and history imbued in them to make them memorable and interesting.
Pudsey’s well-conceived story is charming, witty, and humorous, but it also deals with subjects that are of great concern to teenagers as Abigail loses part of her identity, and everything she has known to be true about her past is turned upside down. As she goes in search of the truth, she is confronted with the reality of her world—past, present, and future—and the role she now has to play in order to rights the wrongs committed by her wish.
Fairytales often lack in humor, but Pudsey adds just the right touch of dry wit, hijinks, and shenanigans to lighten this sometimes heavy story. Her depictions of Abigail’s bullies are quite realistic, and she shows the horrible effects that teen bullying can have on a young adolescent. Pudsey also hits the mark when the subject of a long-kept secret adoption is suddenly revealed, causing one of the main characters to suffer much angst and trauma, and the adoptive parents to deal with the grave consequences of having hidden this information from the time of placement.
“The Watcher of the Night Sky” brings up many issues that adolescents must cope with while growing up, but this journey is also filled with adventure, peppy dialogue, amazing characters, bright images of landscapes and venues, and a cliffhanger that will shock you to your core.
While Pudsey’s novel is geared toward teen girls, mothers can also take some lessons from this compelling fantasy read. I recommend it for the memorable lessons it teaches, and for providing the opportunity for daughters and mothers to connect over the key issues that I’ve cited in my review. I now find myself looking forward to the second chapter in The Aronia Series.
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