Title: The Candy Shop War: Arcade Catastrophe
Author: Brandon Mull
Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 of 5)
Summary: The long-awaited sequel to The Candy Shop War! In The Candy Shop War, friends Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon met the evil magician Belinda White, whose magical confections enabled the kids to do incredible feats of strength and magic. In the sequel, Nate and his friends meet Mrs. White s brother Mr. White who owns Arcadeland, a local amusement center. At Arcadeland, kids can play games and earn thousands of tickets, which are redeemable for one of four kinds of stamps jets, tanks, subs, and racecars. Could it be true that these stamps allow kids to fly through the air? Or breathe underwater? Or run faster than a car? But Mr. White is hiding a secret: when all four clubs are filled, he will be able to retrieve perhaps the most powerful talisman ever. For Nate and his friends, it will take more than candy to fight and win this war!
My Review: Honestly? I went into this book expecting it to be a lame attempted follow-up on, what I considered a great book. I should’ve known better. I mean, seriously, this is Brandon Mull we’re talking about! Long story short? I liked this one MUCH better than The Candy Shop War.
First off: The powers in this book are much cooler. What more can you ask? :P Anyway, I. Love. Brandon Mull’s writing style. It really pulls you in, and makes you want to keep on reading. He makes it funny, yes, but his characters are also, in some ways, down to earth. (Well, aside from when they’ve been sucking on a Moon Rock, but…you know, I’ll just stop right now ;) )
Yeah, I realize that these kids are running at super speeds, and have super strength and stuff, but he still makes the characters believable. Sure they have super speed, but they still get tired. Yeah, they might be able to fly, but they still have to be careful with their turns, etc. He makes it fun, and, in some ways, believable. That’s what I love about Brandon Mull and his characters. No matter how crazy the world he created is, it’s believable. Get what I mean? Anyway…
To Sum it up: This is a great fun-for-all-ages book to read with children, or just to read on your own! A great, fun, relaxing book, and I loved it! Recommended ages: 5+