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The Hidden Knife by [Melissa Marr]
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“Unique and gripping.”—Tamora Pierce

“Marr’s splashy offering is packed full of an extensive array of beloved fantasy tropes ranging from mystical creatures like gargoyles and kelpies to a magical boarding school, alchemists, thieves, and portals to other worlds. . . . A crowd pleaser . . . fast-paced chapters, each narrated from a different point of view. . . . This will be popular with a wide swath of readers. . . . A veritable buffet of fantasy conventions.”—Kirkus Reviews

“In narration that shifts focalization among the characters, Marr slowly and lovingly characterizes her magical world and its cast, giving each character a strong backstory and sprinkling in details that will become important later. Through the perspective of the gargoyle Rupert, this fantasy novel has a sweet lesson as well: that little acts are ‘ripples’ that can lead to great positive change, offering young readers hope that they can make their own impact.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Filled with ley lines and animate gargoyles, Marr’s engaging fantasy is primed for magic and mystery. . . . Promising characters and intrigue-laced history.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Melissa Marr writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and been bestsellers in the US (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as in various countries overseas. She also wrote the best-selling picture book Bunny Roo, I Love You, and she is well-known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and the Graveminder series for adults. She lives in Arizona with her spouse, children, and many dogs. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08L771FTX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Nancy Paulsen Books (June 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 1, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2087 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 268 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0525518525
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal).

Accolades include YALSA Popular Paperbacks, IRA Notable Book Pick, Book Sense Pick, Good Morning America Summer Pick for Teens, Scottish Book Trust, Red Maple finalist (in both Ontario and Manitoba), and Goodreads Good Choice Award (Horror), RWA RITA award (YA). She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You. She currently lives with her family in Arizona.

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5.0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL!!!!
By Belle’s Middle Grade on December 17, 2021
Wow! What a dark, magical, epic story! This wasn’t anything like I imagined it would be-it was more dangerous, darker, deadlier, & even more amazing than I imagined. There are many of the fantasy “tropes” in here, but not done the typical way. I love how the author took them, & made them her own. There are 2 parts to the story. Part 1 is the “innocent” time, so to speak, in the kids lives. Until the tragedy. Part 2 is after the tragedy, & innocence & childhood are over for the most part, with 1 horrible act..& that’s when it gets darker. There is also a magic school we get to see a little of. I found the school so intriguing, & actually wish there were more books to come, so we could learn & explore that more.

There are many magical creatures in here, including gargoyles-& they have my heart, especially Rupert..I want to hug him so bad! Lol These are some of the best gargoyles I’ve read about. They are protectors & amazing. I have a soft spot for Master Nightshade, Ebb & Penelope too. Loved them. I was gripped from the prologue, when we learn about the door to the other world opening 20 years before the story starts, & the backstory of that. I didn’t know who was the bad guy or what. I couldn’t decide if the Queen was evil or a victim. I WAS ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT THE WHOLE TIME! Lol There were some things about who did the “bad thing” that weren’t really clear at the end, but I don’t care because other than that the ending was so good! I loved the twists at the end as well-1 especially that had me so happy! So many gripping things in here from the story itself & the writing, to the other world, the magical creatures, the wards, combat, alchemy, the Queen, Ravens, the thieves, the school & everything & everyone in it, Vicky & her family’s whole backstory, athames, shadows, & more.

Then this group of kids who form a little found family of sorts, similar to the 1 a couple of their parents had before them. Vicky is so kick butt. There are some epic school scenes where I was just in awe of her. Such a force to be reckoned with. Milan was such a joy to read from/about. Seeing him go beyond the streets hoping to do something with his life, & at the same time making real friends. Algernon is just a sweetheart. He might be the bravest, because he was the most scared & went into danger anyway-to help his friends & family fight for what’s right & for justice. The chapters alternate between the different kids. I saw some people say there were too many characters, but I had no problems with it. Each character was so unique & memorable that I had no issues.

Big message on emotions in a way too. We think that it would be easier if we could turn off the pain/emotions. It wouldn’t. We NEED to FEEL. Hurting is apart of healing. I think this is a stand alone, but I hope that changes. There are so many more stories that could be told that would be incredible. Plus, I want to see & learn more about this amazing world(& the other world lol), the school, & just see these incredible characters again. HIGHLY recommend! BEAUTIFUL cover by the amazing Vivienne To as well!💜
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