Title: Chase Tinker and the Magic House
Series: Chase Tinker #1
Published by Crossroad Press
Release Date: August 15th 2012
In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination...
Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker can't understand why he has the power to move things with his mind. Besides that, his dad has been missing for over a year, causing his mom to be too upset to pay much attention to her sons, so now he's been busted for shoplifting. As if this isn't enough to worry about, his younger brother Andy suddenly has a weird magical ability too.
Can things get any crazier? Chase thinks.
Then, a grandfather they thought to be long dead arrives at their door. He wants Chase and Andy to come visit him for the summer so they can learn about their supernatural heritage and why they have magical powers in the first place.
The boys soon find out that Grandfather, along with their cousin Janie, lives on a remote island in the middle of Puget Sound in an out-of-this-world house where fantastic magic can be found in practically every room, stairway and corridor. Chase can't believe their dad has been keeping so much from them.
It's an even bigger shock when Chase learns that all their magic is controlled by a very powerful and mysterious Relic in the attic, and if anything happens to this relic, every bit of Tinker magic will be lost forever. He's even more disturbed when he learns his family has a dark and powerful enemy that is determined to steal all their magic, their house and their relic.
Now Chase must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time figuring out what has happened to his dad, unraveling even more Tinker lies and secrets and not letting on that he has a huge crush on the housekeeper's daughter.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Ever since Chase Tinkers father Ben went missing things have been hard on his family. When his Grandfather that he thought was dead and tells Chase and his brother Andy that they have magical powers and asks them to come live with him for the summer they readily agree. In the house Chase finds that the entire house is filled with magic both light and dark. Finding out that the Tinker family is in danger Chase and his new friends try and find ways to stop the dark family from getting the power of the Tinker house, and find out what happened to his dad.
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic had an amazingly magic quality that I’ve never read in any other book so far. A magic house that cleans, cooks, has a library with a pirate ship, and you can have any magic power ever if you’re in a certain room, hello awesomeness and no chores! Chase, Maxwell, and the Killer Whale were probably my favorite characters. Maxwell because he steals things from the characters and that reminds me of my doggy Monster who used to come into my room and steal my clean unmentionables, the sneak! Anyway the Killer Whale saves the day and Chase is one of those relatable characters not only because we’re in his head but because his actions and how he always tries to do the right thing. Malia Ann Haberman definitely wove an intricate story of magic and great characters they continued to grow and made for an interesting read.
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic was definitely one of those books I had a difficulty getting into. I felt the story kept going on and on…and on. I thought while the idea of the house was an amazingly unique idea the parts including the characters and the house dragged on a bit when they would check the rooms and the exploring would go on into numerous chapter after chapter. The characters were w bit un-relatable to me since they were so much younger than me.
Overall, while I had some major difficulties getting into this book, Chase Tinker and the House of Magic was an average read with some twists and great character development. While the point of view with the characters was a tad iffy for me the ending made me really interested to see what would happen next. I would suggest this book for young readers 12 and younger since that was the age of the characters.
"What about my socks?" said Chase. "Some crazy animal stole them!"
Janie giggled. "You must mean Maxwell. He loves socks."
"My pet ferret. He steals everyone's stuff."