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The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Secret of the Stormforest by L.D. Lapinski

Title: The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Secret of the Stormforest

Author: L.D. Lapinski

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Hachette/Lothian

Published: 12th April 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 380

Price: $16.99

Synopsis: Pack your suitcase for a magical adventure! Perfect for fans of The Train to Impossible Places and Pages & Co.

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . .

Pack your suitcase for the final magical adventure at the Strangeworlds Travel Agency!

Flick and Jonathan have faced countless dangers in their roles as part of the Strangeworlds Society and come out alive on the other side. But what do they really know about the Society they are risking their lives for?

Why does it exist? Who is Strangeworlds there to protect? And what in the worlds is happening to the multiverse now?

With worlds everywhere under threat of collapse and mysteries abounding, it’s up to Flick and Jonathan to discover the answers to these questions. And only if they can uncover the secrets of Strangeworlds and the secrets of a new mysterious world called ‘The Stormforest’, will they have any hope of defending their world – and others – from the threat that is facing them all.

A magical adventure for 9+ readers that will take you to whole new worlds, perfect for fans of The Train to Impossible Places and Pages & Co.

~*~

Flick and Jonathon are back with a new adventure, and Tristyan – who we met in the last book and learnt about his special link to Flick – is along for the ride as they try to protect the multiverse and prevent it all from collapsing as the Seren try to destroy everything. But it is a dangerous mission – and Flick’s family are getting suspicious. But do they have a stronger link to the Strangeworlds than Flick previously thought?

I’ve been following this series since the beginning, and I am in love with all the characters and don’t want anything bad to happen to any of them. The concept of a portal story where suitcases open a multiverse to those who have what I guess you could call the travelling gene is inventive and interesting. We’ve got so many portal stories and I love them, so it is always interesting to see how different authors tackle the idea of the portal and what they use. Each journey is time sensitive – and Flick and Jonathon must work together to solve the next step in saving the Strangeworlds Travel Agency and the multiverse. It is a cleverly crafted series that builds on each story, and each novel reveals new secrets that fit seamlessly into what we already know, and enrich the world that Flick lives in, which makes the series enjoyable.

With each new novel and each new mystery, we meet new characters who bring new adventures and life into the series, but I have to say Flick is my favourite. She’s full of life and passionate. She shows that girls can be adventurous and confident, and the revelations in this novel gave me a deeper understanding of her as a character and person, and what drives her. How her family impacts her and I love that in between her suitcase adventures, we get an insight into her life at home which illustrates the divide between her two worlds and the dual life that she leads in the series.

This is a great series for middle grade readers, and I am loving it as an adult reader. It’s safe and calm, whilst still having a rollicking adventure within the covers that move the story along at a great pace. I loved it – and hope that many others do as well, because I think it will have a wide appeal and fans of the books will love where Flick and Co are headed in the series.

Bring on book four!

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