The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (249 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.

Some magical objects are easy to figure out. This teapot might not be one of them.

The dialogue was nicely written. I especially enjoyed how informally the characters spoke to each other most of the time. Given all of the dangers that they were facing, it made perfect sense that they’d keep their conversations short and to the point. Writing it this way also kept my attention on the plot which was a good thing. There were plenty of opportunities to move the storyline forward in the actions scenes that happened anyway. It made total sense for the characters to not spend much time talking about what was happening to them because of this.

I would have liked to see much more attention paid to Hannah’s personality. While I enjoyed the story iteself quite a bit, I’d really struggle to describe what Hannah was like if someone asked me to describe her personality and interests. Was she quiet or talkative? What was her favorite thing to do for fun in her free time? I wish I had solid answers to these questions because the glimpses I got of what makes her unique were quite interesting.

The bad guys in this book were so frightening. I appreciated the fact that they were dangerous and sometimes unpredictable. This made it hard to stop reading because I wasn’t sure what they’d do to Hannah next. They seemed like they were capable of doing all sorts of terrible things, and that’s exactly the kind of behavior I’d expect from them.

The Ugly Teapot should be read by anyone who has ever wished that they could have a magic lamp.

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