Alright so this is a fast paced middle grade fantasy that gave me Lemony Snicket vibes in the extreme and I loved it.
We follow the Sinister-Winterbottom kids, Wil, the oldest, and Theo and Alexander, fraternal twins. One is very cautious, the other very brave and Wil, unfortunately is a bit of a teen cliché. Wil never looks up from her phone and has even named it Roderigo.
I know the joke that teens are always on their phones but it wasn’t funny when I was a kid, I personally don’t find it funny now, and I don’t think teens should have to put up with it.
While I gave this book 4 stars it’s really closer to 3.5. And that’s because, even though the idea is wild and fun, I’m just so tired of the lack of diversity. People, even those who work at an incredibly gothic themed waterpark and seem sun averse, can be any race.
Just look at the DeadEndia books. Mixes of races, sexualities, it’s great. And it’s easy to do so the lack of effort at this point is insulting.
Now, the story was easy to follow. The kids get dropped off at the house of an aunt they’ve never met in the middle of the night and get taken to the water park every single day. For a week. Their aunt is spacy and the last person I would leave a child with but in the end, she was great, still odd.
The kids are fairly well written, they actually sounded like kids and did things kids do. Their actions were believable. I liked their relationship and the anger that Theo had. She’s angry at their parents and it’s good to see her actually feel it. Same with Alexander.
The writing is great with amazing sentences that I highlighted because they made me laugh. This writer has a great way with words. And I liked this book so much that even though it’s middle grade, I plan to read the rest in the series because it was fun!
All in all 3.5 stars.
I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.