Book Review: The Last Present by Wendy Mass

The Last Present
Willow Falls #4
Author: Wendy Mass
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy
Released: September 24th 2013
Review Source: Scholastic Press

Don't miss the latest entry in the incredible Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass!

Amanda and Leo have a history with birthdays. Now their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time in order to fix whatever's wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace's birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns . . . which raise all sorts of questions.

Amanda and Leo are going to have to unravel the threads of the past and present - and travel much further than they ever imagined - if they're going to save Grace. Luckily, a little birthday magic always helps in the charming and funny Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass, where everything is possible and there are no coincidences.

At First Sight: The cover is quite cute and complements the covers of the previous 3 books in the series. It isn't exciting enough that it makes me want to jump right into the novel. But it does add some suspense of what is the "Last Present."

Storyline: Many of the Willow Falls characters have come together one last time, and have a mystery to solve. Grace a supporting character is frozen, unable to wake up. Amanda and Leo work aimlessly to find out why.

Something I Loved: Angelina's character was very interesting and truly added to the pace of the novel.

Something I Disliked: Sometimes as reviewers we receive books that we may not have received previous titles in the series. This is such a book. I really depended on Goodread summaries of the first 3 books to understand what was going on in book 4. It was very hard to follow because of that lack of story background.

Would I Recommend It: Yes, I would recommend this book to younger readers. However, it is an absolute must to start with the first 3 books!

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