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{November 23, 2011}   {Review} My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond (The Lakeland Knight #1)

From Goodreads: Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead—“a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.


Lond has created an extremely fun read in her novel, My Sparkling Misfortune.  Although Lord Arkus is a “villain” of sorts, he is exceptionally funny, and Lond’s sheer wit and storytelling ability will have the reader glued to the story from the very first page.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story, especially because I thought it was going to be for MG and below, since it’s illustrated (for some reason I associate illustrations with childhood books).  Yet, not only are the illustrations great, but the story as a whole grips the read and doesn’t let go until it’s over. 

This is a hilarious novel.  I’m not one to laugh aloud when I’m reading; it’s a very rare feat, but Lond had me going with her portrayal of Lord Arkus and the other loveable characters throughout this epic tale.  I absolutely adored this novel; it’s great for all ages, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cute novel that will make them laugh.  I can’t wait to read the sequel, My Royal Pain Quest! Four stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Raine says:

Given the title I wouldn’t have guess this was MG book. If I find this book, I think this will be my first MG book purchased. I’ve seen a few illustrated pics online which was accompanied with an interview with the author so it also piqued my interest.

It’s a really good read! The sequel just came out, and my reivew of it is going up today. Stay tuned! :)

Raine says:

Thanks! I’m reading the review and will leave a comment. :D

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