Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets by Malia Ann Haberman

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Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets by Malia Ann Haberman
The Chase Tinker Series
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, YA
Length: Full Length (224 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

In Chase Tinker’s world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination…

After spending the summer at his grandfather’s gigantic, incredibly magical house, thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker thought things couldn’t get any more bizarre, or that the secrets and lies couldn’t get any worse, but he was wrong.

As summer turns into Autumn, join Chase and his family for even more magical craziness. Craziness that will include: the sneezing of strange powers, the reappearance of the evil Marlowe family, another frightening kidnapping, the discovery of a mysterious, magical girl, a dangerous rescue mission, and a secret so mind-boggling, it will lead to a shocking climatic finish that will turn Chase’s world completely upside down and leave him feeling like one of the worst people on the planet.

Magical powers are wonderful, or so Chase and his younger brother Andy now believe after spending a summer at their grandfather’s wonderful magical house. But Chase soon learns that secrets come with those powers, and some of those secrets are dark indeed. Add to that the fact that Chase has developed new powers which explode each time he sneezes and the magical mayhem is off and running. He can’t control these extra powers and sometimes they have unexpected outcomes, such as when he accidentally turns his teacher into a puddle of slimy goo.

Malia Ann Haberman has written another absolutely captivating story about the magical Tinker family. This is the second novel in the series, but it stands alone just fine. There is an abundance of magical craziness, and the story is full of adventure. The evil Marlowe family returns. There is a kidnapping to be followed by a rescue mission. A mysterious magical girl shows up. But beyond all these adventures there lies a dark secret which will change them all.

Chase is a very believable and likeable character. He is a typical thirteen-year-old who is sure that he knows what is best for everyone. He is kind and loyal, stubborn and pig-headed, great at magic and horrible at math, and he has a deep and abiding love for his family. The other characters are also well-developed, even the ferret, Maxwell, who ends up saving his friends.

The plot is action-packed with many twists and turns. Some of the secrets which are revealed came as a total surprise to me and yet, once revealed, they certainly fit the story. Chase, who has some major issues with his father, discovers some truths which help him to grow and mature. The story ends for the moment, and the ending is a satisfactory stopping point. However, this is obviously not the last book in the series.

If you are looking for a humorous, action-filled, suspenseful story with lots of ins and outs, then this could be just the book for you. I would encourage readers who want to get the most pleasure out of the series to start with Chase Tinker and the House of Magic. And my fervent hope is that the author is hard at work at publishing the next book in the series, because I for one am ready for more magical adventures with Chase and his family.

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