Title: Warren the 13th and The All Seeing Eye
Series: Warren the 13th #1
Author: Tania Del Rio
Illustrator: Will Staehle
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
So this book was so much fun! I realize the cover kind of promises this to you, but I am please to report that the cover is not lying to you!
Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye is about Warren the 13th (can I tell you anything more obvious? Probably not). Warren the 13th lives with his Uncle Rupert, Aunt Annaconda, and a few others in an pretty run down hotel. However, the hotel wasn't always run down. When Warren's father was alive it was a beautiful place and business was thriving. Unfortunately, he died when Warren the 13th was still too young to take over so his Uncle Rupert moved in to help him out.
And Uncle Rupert is lazy.... so things started falling apart, employees quit, and guests stopped visiting.
But that is really only the back story of how we get to the actual story that this book contains. What happened is this - Uncle Rupert ended up marrying Annaconda and Annaconda is determined to find the mythical all seeing eye that is rumored to be hidden somewhere within the hotel!
One thing leads to another and everyone, including Warren the 13th, end up on a search for this All Seeing Eye. This leads us to meeting quite a few fun and interesting people and takes us on quite the adventure!
Really, it is quite fun!
So, this book is meant to be a middle grade novel, but I think maybe some of the younger in that group might be a little turned off because the cover and the illustrations within (YES ILLUSTRATIONS) seem to have a darker Tim Burtonesque style to them and they might take it to mean this story will be scary. And it isn't! Not really!
Also, in regards to the illustrations....they are quite interesting to look at. I know I enjoyed them all. The ones in this book are done mostly in blacks/grays/reds/whites. Pretty much like how you see them on the cover. I think it really adds something to this story. I don't think it would have been the same without them.
Also, random side note, my two year old kept taking the book from me so she could flip through and look at all the pictures. She did this on multiple occasions. My little book thief.
All in all, I found the story super fun. It had a lot of puzzles you found yourself trying to figure out along with the characters - some of which were depicted in the illustrations. And it was over all a great middle grade level mystery and I look forward to reading more of Warren's adventures.
This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.
Did you think I was done with only giving you my review?! Well I'm not! Today actually happens to be a very special day! It is FRIDAY THE 13th! And the wonderful people over at Quirk Books have given me something super special to share with you!
First - there is a special short story featuring Warren that you can check out! Just click the link and go enjoy all the awesomeness they have in store for you!
And the final thing I have for you today in celebration of Warren the 13th is the cover for book 2! I can't wait for it to come out so I can see what happens to Warren next!