Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

Title:  The 13 Treasures
Author:  Michelle Harrison
Available:  Now
Publisher:  Little Brown & Company
Number of pages:  355
Reading Level: Middle Grade

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Thanks, Around the World Tours, for giving me the opportunity to read & review this book.

Description from Goodreads:

No one else can see the evil fairies that rouse Tanya from her sleep, torturing her at the slightest mention of their existence, but they are as real to the 13-year-old as anything she's ever known. She cannot rid herself of them, nor can she ignore them. But it is her insistence on responding to them that has her banished to her grandmother's secluded countryside manor.

There is much to explore and even more to fear in the woods surrounding the estate. But, the forest isn't the only source of dark secrets, and Tanya soon finds herself entangled in a mystery that could trap her in the fairy realm forever.

My thoughts:

13 Treasures is a magical journey you can’t help but get lost in.  After I finished I immediately thought this is a book I want to read again with my kids.  It is a tale children will love, and parents will appreciate.  While the main character is a girl, her friend and accomplice is a 13 year old boy.  That definitely gives this book the ability to appeal to boys and girls. With only mild violence this a safe family friendly read.  

Main character, Tanya, has been bullied by not so sweet faeries for as long as she can remember. Tanya finds herself blamed for the faeries destruction, and sent to stay with her grandmother.  She is dreading the visit, and spending time with her standoffish grandmother.   The visit ends up not at all like she expected.  Secrets are uncovered, and unlikely alliances are formed.  The majority of 13 treasures takes place in an old house complete with hidden passageways, faeries in the grandfather clock, and goblins in the garden. I can’t think of a better setting for this story. This is a must read for faerie lovers of all ages.

I adored this book, and can’t wait to devour the next book in this trilogy, 13 Curses.

Michelle Harrison on the web:

Check out a fun website for 13 Treasures.


  1. Lovely review! The book seems to be magical and really enjoyable, and the cover is so lovely and magical! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I keep hearing great things about this book. It's on my wishlist :)

  3. this one looks really fun! i love mg books :)

  4. O sounds just like my type of read. I love to get lost ;)

  5. Great review! This sounds like a really great book!

  6. Great review! I for one love this book's cover.

  7. Sounds like a great book! I'll have to pick up a copy. Have a great week!

  8. I have this one in my TBR pile right now! And now I really really want to read it! I'm definitely going to have to squeeze it in soon. Thanks for the fantastic review!

  9. In my medieval literature class I did a project on faeries and ever since then, I am borderline obsessed with the mystical creatures. This sounds like a wonderful read that I just need to check out.