The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes
Book One: Hannah
4.5 out of 5 stars.
“Every choice we make comes with a price. Just as every journey we go on must come to an end.”
Goodreads Description: 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 . . .
I was sent a copy of The Ugly Teapot from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for sending me a copy! As soon as I read the book description, I was so excited to read it. The Ugly Teapot was pretty fast paced, which I loved. I was immediately sucked into the story from page one and found it hard to put down.
Hannah goes on this crazy adventure with her dog Griff, her dad, and a few other characters. There were magical elements in this story, which I loved, some being the magic lamp (ugly teapot) and the Genie. There were some crazy weird creatures, like giant spiders! The adventure aspect of it was so much fun and I really felt like I was right there along with them. The writing was so good and so well put together. It was easy to read, easy to get sucked into the story and being fast paced made it even more enjoyable because there was always something going on.
I found it to be pretty unpredictable, which was a really good thing. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. At times I honestly had no idea who to trust and I was questioning everything and everyone. I thought Hannah was such a well written character. She was smart, brave, and she cared so much for her family, especially her father. One thing I really loved about this book that it didn’t focus on a romance. There were cute moments with Hannah and Ahmed, but it didn’t have a real romance and it was nice for a change. I got a family vibe from it and it focused a lot on Hannah and the love she had for her family, especially her father. You can tell they really had a close bond.
Overall, I really loved this book. I enjoyed everything about it. It had so many likable characters, especially the main character Hannah. It was a fun adventure with a great cast of characters. There were times where I laughed a lot and even times where I got teary eyed. Quite a few twists and turns and the ending was a pretty big shock to me; I honestly did not see it coming. I would definitely recommend reading this book, because it was so good and it’ll leave you wanting more.
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