Monday, October 24, 2016

The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A Vann

She hasn't seen her grandfather for years, so she's thrilled he's returning home.  After her father's death, he sold everything and took off traveling.  She felt alone despite what her mother did for her.  She has no idea that Jack is bringing her a present that will be one of their lives biggest challenges...

Waldorf Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.

What Elizabeth learns is that the typewriter he has given her is called a Whizbang Machine.  Nobody knows how it works and what it does.  It's a manual typewriter but it gives her fingers electrical burns.  It types its own messages.  And it expects her to right a wrong.  It tells her history is wrong and she needs to correct it.

When the machine almost kills Jack, she decides they better take it literally and try to do what it wants.  The problem is that nobody knows her family's history.  So she and Jack try to make a family tree.  The records they find are in a foreign language, so they head to the library for help.  They get help but they don't get smarter.  They get confused.

As they try to straighten out the story of ancestry, they find out about an ancient curse.  Can they stop the curse before it kills her mother?  Elizabeth should be worried if she'll live long to try.

This is an exciting, compelling story with a magical typewriter that's dangerous.  It's fast flowing and unusual and it kept my attention.  My only complaint was the ending.  I turned the page to find out what happened and it was the end of the book.  This made for a very edge of the cliff hanger.  I hate those.  It's like the paragraph hasn't been completed.  You need not give the plot of the next book away but some closure would make me feel better.  If you like cliff hangers, this has a really good one for you!

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