Julia Vanishes (Witch's Child Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Julia Vanishes (Witch's Child Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Catherine Egan


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Possessing an ability to hide, near invisibly, young thief Julia conceals her talents in a city where magic is banned and poses as a grand lady's maid alongside an eccentric band of fellow housemates.

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ISBN-13: 9780606402378
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Series: Witch's Child Series , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Julia Vanishes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
I had some good hopes for this book, but sadly they weren't to be found. I was immediately intrigued by this book based on the premise of Julia having a magical power and being a thief/spy in a world where magic is forbidden and wielders of it executed. But, unfortunately, it turned out it just was not written well enough to enjoy it, with my biggest problems being the world-building and the characters. To begin with the world-building felt very bare at first, with only a vague sense of what it actually wanted to be, and what kind of magic and attitude towards it existed there (I'm still a little unclear on what the differences between "folklorish" ways and witches are, exactly). Halfway through the book, some new terminology and creatures started appearing, with very little background to them or background that is explained briefly and moved on from very quickly. And they were strange creatures that seemed like they had traits from different animals just randomly combined for no specific reason and the characters, especially Julia, barely seemed to react to the fact that they existed at all in a world where anything remotely magical was abhorred. It was just a vague sort of world-building that felt incomplete at times and did not do enough to really help me immerse myself in the world of the story itself. Then there are the characters, who are two-dimensional, difficult to empathize with, and un-inspiring. I could not bring myself to care for Julia at all, for she began very self-centered and kind of oblivious to the world around her despite being "the best spy" in the city (as she says). She did go through a predictable self-transformation, but that did nothing to really make me feel anything towards her either. I was also very unimpressed with the other characters, none of whom really stood out in any exceptional way other than having distinct characteristics that seemed to define their entire selves for most of the novel, and none of whom were really well-rounded at all. There were a few other things I had issues with throughout the book, but not as major as those. One, for example, is how there were several scenes that made no sense in terms of how Julia transitioned to them, because she would just suddenly be at some place or walking somewhere, just for the sake of having her in a specific place at time to have something happen to her. It felt forced, with some of the things happening during those scenes being completely unnecessary to both the plot and character development. In fact I think there was a character introduced in one scene whose sole purpose was to reveal a tiny tidbit of information to her about another character, act skeazy, and then disappear from the plot altogether. Overall, this book just did not impress me and was rather a disappointment when it came to world-building and its characters. The writing was okay for the most part, keeping the pace of the book at a reasonable rate, but did not inspire much for the imagination. Not something I would really find myself recommending, sadly.
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story, with a unique world and an interesting set of characters. While not overtly steampunk, it did have elements of tech-blended-with-magic, and some gadgets that might have been too far-fetched in a purely fantasy setting. Julia is a great heroine – she’s strong and street-smart, but still believably 16. She doubts herself and sometimes makes poor choices, but has the self-awareness necessary to realize when she has made a mistake, and the courage to set it right. I can’t wait for the next installment of this new series. Age recommendation – while Julie is only 16, she does have a lover. There is nothing explicit, however, and I think the book would be fine for mature younger teens. NOTE: I was provided with a free copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Guys! Guys! Guys! This book! OMG! Julia Vanishes is about...well...Julia. She is a teenage girl who is a criminal. She just one criminal of a larger network of criminals. She finds the money is good and is much better than what she could earn doing an "honest" days work, so she has no plans on changing her direction in life. This story takes place while she is working as a spy in a well to do household. She is undercover as a housemaid and is to report any and all things that happen in the house. And things definitely happen in the house. Weird things. She has no orders beyond that, so she doesn't know what shes looking for specifically, she's going at it blind until they tell her that the job is done. Oh and Julia has this cool thing that she can do. She can vanish. She is still there, but people (most any ways) cannot tell that she is there. Let us first talk about the world building! This world that Catherine Egan has crafted is quite brilliant! There is magic in this world, however, it is outlawed. So anyone who can do it is hunted and killed. It seems to take place in history. It also appears to be Earth as we know it, but it isn't. It is beautifully written and very easy to imagine in your minds eye while you are reading. There were so many time that I found myself wanting to try to draw or paint a scene!!! If only I had skills worthy enough to even try... I will say this though, the beginning is slowish. It takes awhile for this world to get built up. Then the story really takes off and WOAH! Now...the characters! I LOVED quite a few of them. However, some of them, were pretty rough to read (especially in the beginning). There are only so many times you want to hear how a specific characters face always looked before you want to yell at the book and say "I GET IT ALREADY STOP TELLING ME!" And a few other characters felt a little under developed and almost awkward at some points (specifically the character Wyn) The paranormal elements of this story were very strong and well thought out...and there were quite a few of them. The magic and witches was very interesting. It was like back when we would burn witches at the stake, however, these witches don't burn...they can only be drowned. So it was an interesting twist on something that actually happened in our own history in this story. Guys! This book was a book that I was very iffy about in the beginning. I thought it was a bit rough and slow, but I kept going. Then slowly it all started to make sense. It also felt like Catherine Egan found her flow with the story. By the time I hit the half way point I was totally hooked. Then, by the end, I was visibly cringing and making other facial expressions to go along with what was going on in the story. I WAS THAT INTO IT! I loved Julia Vanishes. I cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out. I just hate that I am going to have to wait FOREVER for it to be out. Maybe I will get lucky and Catherine Egan will get it out faster than expected. I can only hope. This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/