Blurb from Goodreads
When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew.
The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.
So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds.
Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger.
I 100% picked this out of my library’s eCatalogue because of the gorgeous cover. I’m utterly transfixed by it. It seems so magical, so otherworldly… and the perfect illustration for the premise of this novel.
Snowglobe follows 12 year old Clementine on a quest to discover the full powers of her magic and to be reunited with her mum who disappeared one day when she was still a baby.
And the story is lovely.
It’s very gentle to read with beautiful focus and attention given to creating this strange house in the middle of the town but that was hidden from view by sorcery.
And inside this house there were even more delights for the imagination as it contained numerous snowglobes with each being used to imprison magicians in their own little worlds. So altogether that was really something very charming and magical and to me the setting of the book and fantastical world building of the story really couldn’t be more perfect.
But the plot itself wasn’t my favourite.
I found it to be a little bit lacklustre if I’m honest. I just wanted a little something more from the characters. I wanted to feel more of Clem’s anguish at having lost her mum at such a young age. The book perfectly encapsulated her isolation at school but the actual quest just lacked emotional depth for me.
And okay, I know. Middle grade. I’m certainly not the target audience. But I’ve read a handful of middle grade books in the last few weeks and this has been the first one that didn’t capture my heart or give me that childhood sensation of needing to turn the pages as fast as I could.
I felt that Dylan’s storyline especially made very little sense other than understanding he was created for the book to just be a companion for Clementine. I’m still confused as to how this initially random kid from Clementine’s school actually ended up in a snowglobe world. His story of family magic just seemed too tacked on to Clementine’s genealogical powers; it was really a rather convenient plot device rather than feeling 100% necessary and authentic and, therefore, I really would have loved to have gotten a better sense of his family’s magic rather than being this superfluous addition as it was laid out in the novel. I did love that the book had a dog though! Adult Emer and kid Emer both share the view that dogs improve every story! And Dylan’s dog Helios was adorable.
As for Clementine’s search for her mother and her meeting with her mother’s magical sisters Ganymede and Io… at times I found it quite confusing. There were a few moments in the book that would have benefited greatly from a little more exposition. (Not something I usually say is it?!?!!) But there were moments when it was difficult to determine how Clementine was using her magic against both Ganymede and Io who were allegedly crazily powerful… so I would have liked a few extra scenes and details to pad this out a bit.
However, though overall this was a sweet read it ultimately was not a book that delivered with a truly memorable plot or characters. But it did have lovely themes of family loyalty, doing the right thing because it’s good rather than easy, friendship and embracing who you are; all great lessons for young kids to be exposed to.