I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bickery Twins and the Phoenix Tear by Abi Elphinstone
Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure
Published by Aladdin on August 4, 2020
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Also by this author: Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings
Nevermoor meets Keeper of the Lost Cities in the second wondrous adventure in the Unmapped Chronicles fantasy series from bestselling author Abi Elphinstone.
Twins Fox and Fibber are riding on a train through Germany when it plunges into a dark tunnel—and emerges in Jungledrop, one of the Unmapped Kingdoms in charge of controlling the weather in their world. The land is beautiful but perilous, with grizzlebears and gobblequick trees. Together, they must brave the glow-in-the-dark rainforests to find the Forever Fern. Along the way, they learn to work together, see the beauty in the environment around them, and forgive themselves for past mistakes.
Here is what I thought
I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy and while I liked this one I didn’t quite like it as much as I did the first book.
Fox and Fibber Petty-Squabble are horrible twins that are the byproduct of horrible parents! Their parents run two different business and find that always trying to be better than the other is the way to make money even if their products are horrible. They decided the best way to raise the twins is the pit them against each other and so Fox is suppose to come up with a grand scheme to fix their father’s business and Fibber their mother’s business.
Fox and Fibber don’t trust each other and one day Fox wants to know what Fibber is working on so she steals his briefcase because he has been acting a lot different than normal. Fibber takes off after her and they soon end up in an antique shop where they meet an old man named Casper Tock who tells them about how sometimes there are heroes from their world that go to a different world and shows them a phoenix tear that is glowing. Fox takes it but has no clue about what the old man is talking about, but then they end up on a train but it’s not an ordinary train but one that takes them to Jungledrop, one of the unmapped kingdoms.
The unmappers are very excited to get new heroes to come and help them fight Morg, but they are not real sure about these two that come to their kingdom but they are what they get. The Lofty Husk are kind of like the rulers and are large animals and Goldenpaw is the one that meets them and tells they about how they need to get the forever fern to save Jungledrop, but all Fox can think about is how this plant could help her best her brother.
Soon Fox and Fibber learn that they are going to need to work together if they want to survive Jungledrop and find the Forever Fern and save their own world.
I must say for about the first 35% of this book I wasn’t a fan of it, I knew that there were lessons to be learned and that Fox and Fibber (well mainly Fox) would learn about working for the greater good and not just lying and scheming but she drove me crazy till that happened! Fibber was never that bad and then his sister did something to him that was horrible and slightly funny but let’s just say he wasn’t a lot of help after that and she ends up alone with just a very chatty bird and has to grow up quickly!
It really was a fun adventure and I enjoyed it once Fox straightens up but it was the getting there that wasn’t as fun which is why I wasn’t as big of a fan of this one as I was the first one. I loved most of the characters and Fox grew on me but Fibber was my favorite. I loved the bird who could read their inner thoughts and loved to tell everyone about them (can’t remember his name), but he was a lot of fun. Loved the interesting creature they meet along the way as well.
Overall it was good and I am curious about the finale book in the series that will come out later this year!