Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball/Amelia Fang and the Unicorns of Glitteropolis

Posted August 8, 2019 by shooting in Book Review / 22 Comments

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add to Goodreads): Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

Then the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue!

In their race against time, they begin to realize things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem…

Review: Amelia Fang is such a cute middle grade series! If you know someone who is a fan of the TV show Vampirina, I think they would equally love Amelia and friends. Amelia is a vampire who lives in Nocturnia with her parents, ghost butler, and pet pumpkin. Her two best friends are Florence (a yeti) and Grimaldi (a grim reaper –  but he only handles dead toads as he’s still a kid!). Everything is right in Amelia’s world…until the King decides to come back to public life, toting along his very spoiled son, Tangine.

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball is a fun introduction to Amelia and her world. Readers will want to shake Tangine throughout most of the book though, as he doesn’t come across as a nice kid! The book is full of black and white illustrations which were really fun and definitely added to the story. It was nice being able to “see” all the characters. This was a fun start to a new series!

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Amelia Fang and the Unicorns of Glitteropolis by Laura Ellen Anderson

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official Summary on Goodreads, so I don’t spoil anything!

Review: I don’t want to spoil anything from the first book, so I’ll just say that in Unicorns of Glitteropololis, readers are introduced to a bunch of new, fascinating characters/creatures. The illustrations are just as fun in this book, though some of them would have been cool to see in color. I know that would be difficult to do, and it works just fine in black and white.

While I definitely enjoyed the first book, I think I liked the second one just a bit more. Things are more established and the readers know all the main characters so new ones can be added in. It ends really nicely, but it’s obvious more books are to come, which is exciting!

These are definitely books I plan to share with my oldest niece. I think she’ll love them!

22 responses to “Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball/Amelia Fang and the Unicorns of Glitteropolis

  1. Ummm, these sound ADORABLE! I love this! Halloween is my favorite so a spooky little girl character sounds absolutely amazing. I don’t know if it’s weird or not, but I’m totally adding these to an Amazon wishlist or registry! 😉

  2. Omg, these books look so cute! Bryan’s niece is at an age where I think these books would be perfect for her, so I’ll have to share with her. Thanks so much for the review (and I love the name of the series!)

  3. The covers alone are adorable!! I think I would have loved to read this series when I was younger, I used to love the cutesy “dark” things. I am trying to get more into middle grade, though! I think it would be a nice break from YA and the typical things I tend to find in the stories. So maybe I will bookmark these ones in case I want to give them a go in the future. I’m glad you liked them, Lauren! And I hope your niece enjoys them too ^.^

  4. I’ve been a fiend for middle grade read this year and I need this series in my life Lauren. Monsters and quickly girls on their own adventures, yes please! It sounds like the illustrations add to the overall narrative and couldn’t agree more, it’s great to see the characters in their elements throughout the storyline. I’ll need to pick these up and soon. Brilliant reviews Lauren, so glad you enjoyed them!

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