Reviews for Spellbound

AudioFile Reviews 2012 February
Olive's family has moved into a magical old house While her parents are oblivious to the magic that surrounds them, Olive is thoroughly embroiled in it, working to free a friend who is trapped inside a painting The house's three guardian cats are reluctant to help, so Olive seeks to take matters into her own hands But is Olive using magic, or is the magic using Olive? This book is filled with cheerfully wacky dark humor, and narrator Lexy Fridell's saucy Kewpie doll voice leavens the scary parts Nasal-voiced boys, indignant British cats, spooky old women, and plucky young Olive fill listeners' ears and imaginations This is a fast-paced, delightful audiobook, and youngsters don't need to have listened to the first one to enjoy it GD (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 4-6--In Jacqueline West's sequel (2011) to The Shadows (2010, both Dial), we rejoin Olive and the three eccentric talking cats that live in her enchanted Victorian house. Olive has broken the magical spectacles that allowed her to enter the paintings that filled her mysterious new home. Now she can only visit her friend Morton, trapped in the paintings, with the reluctant assistance of the cats. Olive hopes that finding the previous owners' spell book, or grimoire, will help her set Morton free. Rutherford Dewey, the new neighbor, could be either friend or foe, a theme present in the first book as well. Lexy Fridell provides an array of intriguing and fun voices. Rutherford, in particular, has a perfect nasal tone and, along with the peculiar cats, provides much of the humor that helps balance the suspenseful story.--April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA

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