Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Apothecary


 The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster. Together with Ian Schoenherr's breathtaking illustrations, this is a truly stunning package from cover to cover. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I really liked the fact that it was set in a time which I have not read many books  about that time. The historical fiction aspect was interesting and it could lead younger readers to do research on the Cold War era. Which is always a plus to get people doing research.)
I enjoy stories with a "Spy" aspect and the fact that this one had kids playing spy was such fun! (This is a hard one to review without giving away anything)
The characters seemed believable and I would love it if there are any more books about them in the future. 


Overall rating *** 3 out of 5 stars
Cover art I like it I really like the bottle But the birds freak me out.
Obtained I got a copy from the publisher via Librarything. Thank you.

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