Sorry this is late. I thought I had set it up to publish yesterday, but something went wrong. So here it is, better late than never!
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Read by Kate Simses
Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone in Emma’s family is special. Her ancestors include Revolutionary War spies, brilliant scientists, and famous musicians–every single one of which learned of their extraordinary destiny through a dream. For Emma, her own dream can’t come soon enough. Right before her mother died, Emma promised that she’d do whatever it took to fulfill her destiny, and she doesn’t want to let her mother down. But when Emma’s dream finally arrives, it points her toward an impossible task–finding a legendary treasure hidden in her town’s cemetery. If Emma fails, she’ll let down generations of extraordinary ancestors . . . including her own mother. But how can she find something that’s been missing for centuries and might be protected by a mysterious singing ghost?
I thought this book was good, I at least liked it better than her first book, A Snicker of Magic, but it was still just too sentimental and sappy for my taste. I liked the magical realism of the story, especially some of the magical flowers. The Telling Vines were an especially nice touch, and would be so cool if they were real! These flowers repeat messages that they will whisper only to the person the message was meant for. Isn’t that a great idea! The adventures that Emma has are ok, nothing amazing, but she does show bravery in the face of danger. Emma would make a good friend for almost anyone.
The audio book was well done. Kate Simses has a good accent and maintains that young girl’s voice throughout the narration. I also appreciated that she could sing as singing and songs were important to the story.
If you like sentimental stories, or ones with a little magic in them, settle down with a cup of Boneyard Brew and enjoy!