Review of Newt's Emerald

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Guess who can't think of a creative way to start this review? Oh yeah, me. So I guess I'm going with happy release day to Newt's Emerald and hope all my fellow Canadians had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday.

Book: Newt's Emerald

Author: Garth Nix

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Regency, Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Lady Truthful will inherit her family’s most valued heirloom on her eighteenth birthday. Until the Newington Emerald is stolen.

Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt” by her boy cousins, discovers that to her horror, the people closest to her have been framed for the theft. But Newt won’t let their reputations be damaged by rumors from a false accusation. Her plan is simple: go to London to recover the missing jewel. Despite her best intentions, a young lady travelling alone is frankly unacceptable behavior. So Newt and her aunt devise another plan…one that entails men’s clothing and a mustache.

While in disguise, Truthful encounters the handsome but shrewd major Harnett, who to her amazement volunteers to help find the missing emerald under the assumption that she is a man, Henri de Vienne. But once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure, Truthful realizes something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.

Truthful has far more than romantic complications to worry about. The stolen emerald is no ordinary heirloom-it is the source of the family’s luck and has the power to yield vast magic. It would be completely disastrous if it fell into the wrong hands. The fate of England depends on Truthful securing the emerald.

Review: Newt's Emerald was so charming! It's the perfect light, fun, quick read!

Lady Truthful is this delightful heroine who undergoes great character development throughout the story. Starting off obnoxious, she does grow into a more likeable character by the end. Newt is also a very determined and fierce kind of girl who will stop at nothing to get her family's heirloom.

The setting was excellent. I loved the England during the Regency period backdrop. I thought it fit the book really well. It had a magical feel to it which fit in which the tone of the book quite nicely. If you enjoy historical fiction, you'll definitely love this aspect of the book.

The writing was fantastic (because it's Garth Nix and great writing it always guaranteed when it comes to him). The descriptions were lovely and I really felt like I was going on an adventure with Newt and Charles. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

Utterly quirky and delightful, Newt's Emerald is the perfect weekend getaway book. 

***Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions were in no way influenced. 

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