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REVIEW! Return To Roar by Jenny McLachlan

I loved the first book in this series, The Land of Roar and this sequel was just as amazing.

Rating: ★★★★★

So the blurb for this book (taken from Waterstones) is:
Twins Arthur and Rose can’t wait to go back to Roar, the fantasy world they get to through their grandad’s attic. Roar is a land of dragons, mermaids, unicorns, ninja wizards and where anything they can imagine can be real.
But when they return there’s no time for exploring, because a message arrives from their scarecrow enemy, Crowky.
The Box would always contain the things that scared the twins most – and if Crowky gets hold of it, Roar could be in more danger than ever.
Soon they find themselves on another thrilling adventure, accompanied by old friends and new faces and seeing parts of Roar they’d almost forgotten. But will they get to the box before Crowky does? And if it opens, what will they see?

After reading The Land of Roar I had no doubt I would love this sequel, it’s so brilliantly written and really makes you nostalgic for your childhood imagination. It makes me want to ride unicorns and dragons and go on a brilliant adventure with my mermaid and ninja wizard friends.

You can really see the character development of Rose and Arthur in this book, they’ve started secondary school now so are trying to be a little more grown up but after discovering that their imaginary world from when they were younger is real, they want to hold on to the magic, and now have even more reason to believe. I love that their grandad lets them spend the half term holiday in Roar instead of staying actually in his house. Throughout the book we see Rose and Arthur have to deal with some unsavoury characters, including the dreaded Crowky (who is just as scary as ever), and you see just how brave they become through the book, facing their fears. I especially loved the ending where Rose overcomes one fear in particular.

Roar itself is more magical and whimsical than in the first book, we get to see even more of this imaginary world than we did in the first book and the adventures they have while there. We get to see old characters like Win and Prosecco, and we get to meet new characters including honey badgers, pirates, unicorns, mermaids and more.

I highly recommend this series, its such a quick and fun middle grade and the illustrations in the book by Ben Mantle make the experience of reading it that bit more magical.

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