Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shawn Hume

18722680_459733477712582_8820116006950141952_n(1)Ewan Pendle and The White Wraith by Shawn Hume

*I was contacted by the author and offered a review copy for an honest review – did not change how I felt about this at all – thanks so much Mr. Hume for sending me a copy!*

Okay, here’s the truth: Harry Potter is not my jam. I never made it through an entire book. I enjoyed the movies, but I can only vaguely remember. I think there would have been a time when I really enjoyed them, but I totally think I missed the train. It’s just not me as a reader. One day, I’m sure I’ll read and come back here and go, MANDY, what is this madness? But today, it is not. And I think that fact kind of effected how I read this book.

“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer

“Hume has a beautiful writing style that creates a whole new world which leaps off the pages.” – artisticbent.org

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

The reviews really aren’t joking. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, I really think you would like this novel. It has the same kind of feeling to it. A Cinderella type figure, complex magic system, the school type atmosphere. It has the things that people loved and cherished about Harry Potter, but it’s not copying anything. It’s unique in its own way. And I really think if enjoyed HP, you will enjoy Ewan’s story.

The issue I had in this regard is I felt like I kept missing out. I wasn’t a HP fan and was never super enthralled by the concept. To not be into the whole concept and themes of HP, meant that I wasn’t as enthralled with the concepts of this story as I should have been.

The truth is there is so much good to this story. Hume’s writing is a breeze. It’s so easy to read, and I loved his voice. It definitely helps the story come alive, and even with being super picky about my writing styles, he easily made me interested in the story.

The characters were interesting as well. The story starts off with a mysterious, fierce girl, and I was in love. And then interesting, quirky little Ewan shows up, and I enjoyed all of the characterization. Enola was so very fascinating as well. I mean, she travels around with a sword and no one really blinks, so you have to know she’s going to be a good, complicated character.

There is a character with this color hair in the book, and I may or may not have pictured her like this the entire time.

So, good writing, good characterization, interesting twists and turns…what went wrong? Nothing! It was an interesting enough story that I could read through and be entertained without the HP factor, but I did think I was missing out on the full greatness of the story because I didn’t have the HP love. As I said, it still is an interesting story, but I really do recommend it more for those that truly love and get excited about stories that are like Harry Potter. Yes, I’m totally a muggle in the wizarding world that just isn’t super geeked about the premise.

This was still a really good read with strong writing, characterization, and plot twists. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’re definitely going to enjoy this. If you’re not, you might be feeling like you might be missing out on a tiny bit. I was a little bit confused on the rating since for me, it was more of a 3, 3.5 crown read because of my struggles with disconnect, but truthfully, if I had been the HP lover, it would have been a four crown so I’m going with that. And we’ll have a visit from Elsa since Ewan was so unique indeed. 😉


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What do you think? Do you get thrown off if a book is supposed to be for fans of a certain thing or if the concept isn’t something you’re super into? Are you or are you not a Harry Potter fan? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


22 thoughts on “Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shawn Hume

  1. We have always been a fan of the HP movies since we were kids! Unfortunately we haven’t read the books after failed attempts when we tried to read the books…maybe we will in the future. This seems like an interesting book to read , is it in ebook form? HP has and always be close to our hearts…its part of our childhood hehe. Loved your review!!👌😁😁

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    1. Yes, I did the same, twins! I failed multiple times with them. XD But that could definitely be an interesting book via ebook. I’ll be interested to see what you ladies think…once you get to it eventually. XD And thanks so much!!

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  2. I liked Harry Potter as a kid, but I’m not as big of a fan of it now. I still talk about my house (hufflepuff) and understand the references to it, but I’ll probably never reread the books.

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    1. Interesting, Moira. I feel like that was my issue. Like, I missed the chance to be a fan as a kid, and you not being a fan as much now makes me think I wouldn’t be as much either. And even though I don’t remember much, I do think Hufflepuff does have the coolest house. XD

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  3. I’m glad you liked this one…I was a little turned off by the cover (can you blame me? I am horrible when it comes to that stuff) but it did sound good.
    Now I’m looking forward to it since we do tend to share similar taste in indie books! 😊😉

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  4. HOW are you not an HP fan?! How?! LOL. Just kidding. We can still be friends. This is a great review. I actually don’t think I’ll read it though, because I’m such a massive HP fan, anytime anything is touted as being like HP, it never lives up to my expectations. I mean, I’m sorry, but there is only one Queen Rowling. Leigh Bardugo is the closest it gets for me to being able to touch that level of brilliance. I KNOW you’ll agree with that part at least. 🙂

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    1. *breathes sigh of relief* Okay, good. I was a bit worried, since I know how much you adore it. I know I need to get on the excitement for it. I just…maybe it’s the book hipster showing? XD But I know what you mean. I think if I had been a big fan, I would have been super scared. But I soooooo agree. 😉

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  5. I have yet to read this one, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I do love Harry Potter, so it’s definitely a book for me ^^ But I didn’t really know what to expect… Awesome review Mandy! 😄

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