When I picked up this book, I did not really know what to expect. I felt like I had heard of it before, but I didn’t remember where. I never remembered even seeing it before. Then I actually picked it up and read it, and I fell in love with it instantly.
Emily and her parents are on the way to pick up her brother. Her father loses control of the car on a cliff, and they fall off. Emily and her mother are able to escape from the car, but her father is trapped inside and falls with the car off the second mini-cliff. Two years later, Emily, Navin, and her mother must move because they can no longer afford their old house. Her mother had an eccentric great-grandfather who had a mansion, and now it is up to the three of them to make it livable again. However, during their cleaning spree, Emily finds a statue that has a hand imprint, and when she places her hand on it she finds a strange amulet. She puts it on, not thinking much of it, but then that night her mother hears strange noises from the basement. All of the sudden the three are plunged into an adventure they could have never predicted.
I personally loved this story, and plan to read the rest of the series, not simply because of the beautiful artwork and the unique characters, but because of the tight-knit family. I love the strength of the mother as she helps her kids move into a new house after the untimely death of the father, love the strength of the girl as she helps her brother and mother although having to witness losing her father in such a horrible fashion, and I can’t wait to see how they grow throughout the series. The story is a rather quick read, I finished it in less than an hour, but it was by no means boring. I hope that you try out this graphic novel series and enjoy it as much as I did.
Overall Rating: 5/5