2-Star-Rating

Advance Review Copy Details

  • Title: The Strangeworlds Travel Agency
  • Author: L.D. Lapinski
  • Genre:  Sci Fi & Fantasy, Magic, Children / Young Adult
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
  • Publication Date: 30 April 2020 
  • Format: Kindle
  • Number of Pages: 376

Pack your suitcase for a magical adventure! Perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The Train to Impossible Places.

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . .

When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds.

But, unknown to Flick, the world at the very centre of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights before it collapses into nothingness — and takes our world with it Goodreads


The Strangeworlds Travel Agency is about multi universe travel, but in my opinion, more so about secrets, families, relationships and the lust for power.  Flick is a young teen with a thirst for adventure but the reality of too much responsibility and trying to get used to a new town – due to a house move – means that she’s living a fairly uneventful and routine life.
 
On exploring the new area, she stumbles upon a strange travel shop, and the custodian Jonathan, who curiously isn’t that much older than she is. Jonathan becomes a mentor of sorts, training Flick up on the rules of travelling via suitcase. There starts an adventure that takes her to many worlds where she experiences wonder and danger in equal measure. 

This first book in the series tells the reader much about The Agency and its many worlds but there is still much more to know and mysteries to solve.

“The Strangeworlds Travel Agency doesn’t sell holidays. We sell wonder.’

But I found that I liked the writing more than I did the plot or the characters
 
It was a pleasant read with occasionally great one-liners but didn’t leave me wanting to find out more.
 
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review.
  


2 Stars – It Was Okay

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Female, in her 40's who reads when she can, often to the detriment of sleep. Enjoying most genres and formats with a preference for ebooks, mainly for convenience

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