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2018 books: Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox, Benjamin Forrest and the School at the End of the World

Two books picked at random from my To Read pile, oddly both Harry Potter knockoffs.

The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox by Ali Sparkes
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

In this story, a boy (Dax) turns into a fox. He doesn't know why. The reader doesn't know why. And that bugged me. The book was seemingly set in our world, people don't just randomly turn into animals.

Turns out he was special and there were a bunch of other special kids in the world, too. So the teachers from Hogwarts the school for special magical kids showed up to take Dax from his abusive step-family.

This book was so Harry Potter-ish they actually gave the kids chocolate to help them get over shocks...

The writing was good enough. I completely believed the boy as a fox. But the rest of the book? I wish it had been more original, it might have been more interesting if so. Stopped reading at 40% point.

Benjamin Forrest and the School at the End of the World by Chris Ward
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This book was like the Harry Potter books to the extreme. All the wacky new things that Harry had encountered? In this book, the main character went through all the same discoveries, but everything was BIGGER. I mean like literally bigger, size-wise.

In this story the main character died(?) and woke up in his new, magical school. Other than that the kid died(?) to get there, it was completely Harry Potter-ish. Stopped reading at 14% point.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these book: 40% + 14% = 54%
Previous abandoned book total: 304%
New total: 358%
Tags: 2018 books, book review, book: school at the end of the world, book: shapeshifter finding the fox
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