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Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye Review
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel - Will Staehle,Tania del Rio

Quirk Books was amazing and sent me a free copy of Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye for my honest review.

 

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it.

 

Since I stumbled on this, which I can't honestly remember how, or where, I stumbled across it, I've had high hopes for Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye.  I wasn't disappointed.   Tania del Rio and Will Staehle created an adorable Middle Grade mystery very reminiscent of Edward Gorey.  Which is probably what originally pulled me toward the book in the first place.  I do love Edward Gorey.

 

 

The illustrations done by Will Staehle are fun and compliment that story well, which isn't surprising since original story was Staehle's.  They are wonderful additions to the story.  In fact the first thing I did when I received my copy was flip through to see all the illustrations.  Never once did I feel like the art pulled away from the story being told, but they were a great addition.  Personally I like the sort of sketchbook, newspaper, fell of the artwork that is in Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye. I'm sure there is a proper term for this kind of art, but i felt for the setting of the book.  Almost like Warren had sketched the pieces himself.

 

   

 

As for Tania del Rio's story, loved it!  The story moves pretty quickly, but I never felt confused or that the pieces were rushed.  Warren the 13th is written for a younger crowd, but it appealed to me just fine.  I felt it was a fun afternoon read.  I was rooting for Warren the whole time.  for me the plot felt like one of those plays where the audience cheers every time the see hero and boo's every time they see the villain.  Which makes it a wonderful bed time story.

 

Sitting here writing this I'm trying to think of something I didn't like, and really there is only one part that comes to mind.  Captain Greyishwhitishbeard.  I understood why the Captain was in the hotel.  He was there the same reason everyone else was there, but there was this moment between him and Warren that kind of confused me.  It was really the only that felt disjointed.  The Captain was was a fun character none-the-less, and it honestly didn't stop him from finishing, and enjoying, the book.

 

I have already pushed Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye on my bookies friends.  Particularly the ones with kids.  So a huge thank you to Quirk Books for giving me this book.  It's a beautiful cover!

 

The next installment is due sometime this Fall.

 

 

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review 2015-10-04 18:07
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel - Will Staehle,Tania del Rio

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Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

 

Writtenby: Tania del Rio  Illustratedby: Will Staehle

 

Review:

 

“I received this book from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”


My first thought after I finished this book is: I love IT!

 

If my little sister or little cousins knew English I would’ve obliged them to read this book right this second!!

 

It was fun and exciting to follow young Warren on his treasure hunt, it wasn’t hard to guess what would happen next, but sometimes it completely threw me off the track and left me wondering, “How is the author going to solve this mess?”

 

This story was refreshing, but most importantly I liked the morals in this book and how warren made the right decisions even if they were not to his likings.
I really recommend this book to younger readers and older as well, go pick it up!.

 

 

 

Pre-Order links:

 

Pre-order on Amazon

Pre-order on BN.com

Pre-order on Indiebound

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review 2015-09-12 00:00
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel - Will Staehle,Tania del Rio 4.5 stars

I received a free review copy of this book through Netgalley and Quirk Books in exchange for my honest opinion.

I don't know about you guys, but from time to time, I tend to end up in a book slump. My love for books is still there, I'm just not actively reading anything. A few pages of something before going to bed and that's that. I still check my Goodreads, bookblogs, bookstores etc. on a daily basis. Hell, I still even buy heaps of books because it feels so good buying them and then admiring them when they arrive (a little less admiration when it comes to adding new books to my Kindle though). However, when it's evening and I'm sitting on the couch looking at my books, I just can't be arsed to actually pick one up and start reading. Nope, I'll play a game instead or watch some TV, eyeing my books every once in a while, but then still don't feel like doing something with it.

And then a new book comes along which actually pulls you out of that state of mind. For me, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye was one of those books. I was about two pages in and already thought: THIS is exactly why I love books so much.

Just look at how chapter one starts off:

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How can you NOT get excited about something like this? The artwork looks amazing! And I didn't even see half of it yet, because I've only read the test version on my Kindle.

The backflap summarizes the story brilliantly:

" Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management.

Annaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it!"


And strange guests they were alright! All characters are amazingly well developed. Fat and lazy uncle Rupert. His new wife, evil hag Annaconda. Mr. Friggs, an old veteran/tutor who basically lives in the library. Petula, a mysterious ghostly looking girl who's about the same age as Warren and knows how to draw portals and travel through them. And then Warren himself; a brave, sweet boy with beautiful golden curls and a face like a toad.

The setting is absolutely gorgeous. I first couldn't put my finger on what it reminded me of exactly, but then all of a sudden, it popped to the surface: it's like a Tim Burton movie (the ones for children that is). Sadly, I read some reviews the next day and discovered I wasn't the first person who came up with that *pouts*, but I'm still using it in my review, because it damn well hits the nail right on the head when it comes to describing the setting of this book: creepy yet oh so delightful!

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dark children's stories, beautiful (and many!) illustrations and has a quirky sense of humour. Or just to anyone in general actually. I will most certainly buy the book when it comes out, so I can see the illustrations on paper and hopefully, one day, will be able to read it to my children. This has the potential to become BIG!
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