Warren the 13th & the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio, illustrated by Will Staehle
I gave this book ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 stars, I loved it.
Warren the 13th is the heir to his family's hotel. It has been in the family for hundreds of years. When Warren the 12th was in charge it was a gleaming beacon visited by hundreds of guests who booked months in advance and were served by fleets of waiters, butlers, bellhops, maids and gardeners. Now it is a shabby, run down hotel with no guests and only Warren the 13th and one chef left running things.
Warren's Uncle Rupert is lazy and let the hotel become a run down decrepit old thing under his care. Then he married a strange woman named Annaconda who is certain that there is a valuable secret hidden in the hotel. Warren spends most of his time cleaning up the messes she makes searching for "The All-Seeing Eye." No one except for her believes it even exists until one day Warren finds the journal of Warren the 2nd and sees it mentioned. Now word is out and there are tons of guests quite literally tearing the place apart looking for the mysterious All-Seeing Eye.
This book is intended for Middle Grade readers. It is perfectly paced to keep kids interested. There are puzzles and riddles and secret codes hidden throughout the book. They are fairly easy for an adult but they are the perfect difficulty level for kids.
This book is loaded with beautiful illustrations. Some of them depict whole scenes, some are just decorative on the margins. Each one is beautifully done and a wonderful addition to the book. All of the illustrations are done in black, white and red. They add a sort of gothic, turn of the century Victorian feel to the story.
I quite enjoyed this book and I am honestly looking forward to the sequel. If you have kids looking for a new book to read check this one out. If you or your kids are into old fashioned mysteries check this one out.
I received this book free from the publisher Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review.
This book will be released November 24th, 2015!