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A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one winged princess who must vanuish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdomAspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery flightless faerie princess Grit do not call her Grettifrida they strike a deal If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much needed boost against the competition But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadlyIn this story perfect for readers of the Lockwood Co and Wildwood series Sarah Jean Horwitz takes readers on a thrilling journey through a magical wooded fairyland and steampunk streets where terrifying automata cats lurk in the shadows and a mad scientist’s newest mechanical invention might be menace than miracle


10 thoughts on “The Wingsnatchers

  1. says:

    This book was really cute Not my usual genre but I think it would be a great read for middle school kids The plot was pretty interesting and it had a lot of plot twists High recommend checking it out


  2. says:

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewThis was such a fun and exiting story It sucked me in from the beginning and I was very interested in both the characters and the world It was also an easy read as is the case with most middle grade booksThe world in The Wingsnatchers was very fascinating and one of my favourite aspects of the story There is a vast difference between the faerie world which is surrounded and made of nature and the human world which is a steampunk society with many machines and a lot of metal devices It was interesting seeing how these two worlds coexist with each other and I loved finding out about both of themCarmer one of the main characters is an inventor and assistant of the magician Antoine Through him we get a look at the human world and how far it’s advanced with all the automatons and other machines – that Carmer finds fascinating and thinkers with them I really loved him as a character He is very smart and inventive he always manages to get out of tough situations Even with some mishaps He was probably my favourite character It was also wonderful discovering the world of the fae with him as he is for the first time confronted with itGrit another main character whose perspective we get to read from is a faerie She is not only a fairy she is the princess of the faeries Not only that she is a faerie that was born with only one wing and can’t fly which makes her different from any faerie that she has ever met She is very fiery temperamental and strong Grit knows what she wants and how to achieve what she wants as well The only problem I had with her was her short fused temperament – I tend to get annoyed easily with such characters In one instance she really angered meThe mystery of the disappearances of the faery very interesting I really wanted to know what was going on and how it was going to be solved But I found the pacing to be off and some of the story points didn’t sit right with me Nothing too major but some slight things bothered me And I can’t go into detail because of spoilersAlso the cover is beautiful But if you have read the book you will know how fitting it is for it and see even details than you already did I was really mind blown when I looked at it after I was done reading the book Can’t go much into that because that would spoil thingsOverall this was a very fun book and I would highly recommend it to everyoneOriginally posted on my blog mybookishdream


  3. says:

    Sarah Jean Horwitz's The Wingsnatchers Carmer and Grit #1 is a wonderful well written tale featuring Carmer a magician's apprentice and Grit a fairy princess It is a great book for all ages and would make a fun addition for family time or to take on a camping to read aloud around a campfire It might not be scary per se but it will be fun I am certainly looking forward to further additions in this series My copy of this book was obtained from the Goodreads website and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it


  4. says:

    Originally posted on The uirky Book NerdI received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewI just finished this novel so I’m still having a bit of trouble settling my thoughts down so I can put them into actual words Over the years it has become much rarer for me to give out a full five star rating to a book but I absolutely adored this novel After only the first chapter—maybe even the first few pages—I was already completely hooked and in love with everything about it It is one of those books that is written for a younger audience but ends up transcending those limits creating a magical tale that can be enjoyed by anyoneThis is truly a heart pounding book Horwitz uickly makes her readers fall in love with her characters from the very start causing us to feel a huge range of emotions through all the trials and successes funny moments and those that break our hearts I laughed so hard I deeply felt the moments of fear pain and sadness And I have to admit I even shed some tears primarily at the nostalgic feelings this novel evoked for me I tore through these pages finding it so hard to put down I just had to know the fates of these characters I had come to love so muchFull of mystery magic industry and mechanical science from start to finish it is a compelling tale full of captivating steampunk goodness It has been a long time since I have been so drawn into a novel It threw me back to my childhood to all the years I spent dreaming up fairytales and magical worlds To all the years of constantly hoping to reach a point where I am able to spend the rest of my days bringing these stories to life for others on paper and in their minds the same way they came to life for me—the same way they have given me life all these years This particular tale is most definitely going to stick with me for a long timeIn this novel we follow the adventures of a young boy named Felix Cassius Tiberius Carmer III Carmer for short and a one winged fairy princess of the Seelie realm named Grettifrida but always call her Grit Carmer a magician’s apprentice and aspiring inventor and Grit a sassy flightless fire fairy are thrown together as a chance meeting evolves into a race to save the entire fae realm—as well as themselves and the city of Skemantis—from a mad scientist When fairies begin to go missing captured by an unknown evil they have named “The Wingsnatchers” it is up to Carmer and Grit to get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearances And what is the connection of these odd events to the unexplainable ones simultaneously occurring in the human world? Mixing science with fantasy real magic with the closest replications that humans can accomplish this is an enchanting and fast paced modern fairytale that will leave readers on the edge of their seats wanting The depiction of the characters—both the main and the side ones—was one of the standout points of the book for me Every single one of her characters are fleshed out uite well and even the most minor of characters are memorable Carmer and Grit have such a lovely friendship even though they are each struggling through plenty of their own troubles Carmer is attempting to take control of his future and leave behind his past as an orphan and Grit is trying to make others understand that her disability does not define her—that she is as strong and capable as anyone else despite what people may think Though they have some extreme—and understandable—differences and find themselves at odds occasionally once they learn to trust one another they end up making a brilliant duoThis is Horwitz’s first novel but it reads as if she has been writing for decades Flawlessly executed and incredibly beautiful her writing is fluid and easy to fall into It grabs hold of your imagination your senses and hangs on long after the final page has been read Her vibrant descriptions and world building are solid showing her talent for weaving her stories into the minds of her readersI truly had an enjoyable time using Horwitz’s vivid narrative to put myself into this uniue setting I felt like I was there watching these events unfold right alongside the characters She also relates this book to our present world by dealing with some themes that are very common in society today Horwitz handles every aspect of the novel with care meticulously unfolding an action packed narrative This was just such a fun adventure I did not want to pull myself out of it until I ran out of bookI will reiterate—though I know I don’t have to at this point—that I completely fell head over heels for this novel And unsurprisingly I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone It is a beautifully crafted tale of family friendship and how two exceedingly dissimilar groups can set their differences aside and team up to fight a threat that affects them all Overcoming obstacle after obstacle—even those their own families and sometimes they themselves place in the way—Carmer and Grit unite in a heart warming friendship that withstands the forces that test it This is a fantastic beginning to a promising series Though I don’t uite know how I am going to stand the wait I am extremely excited to get my hands on any and all future novels


  5. says:

    Ugh my mood definitely influenced my enjoyment I liked the concept and really enjoyed the characters but the plot just couldn't hold my attention I'll have to reread it


  6. says:

    Super fun middle grade with everything you could ask for really strong fairies sweet magician boy and robo cats being controlled by an evil adult I really enjoyed this book and thing its a great recommendation for any younger readers or older readers looking for some sci fi fantasy whimsyThe book was fast and I loved how sweet Carmer was his young character mixed with Grit the fairy princess with one wing who was tough and savy really complimented each other The steam punk elements the magic show the real magic of fairies and fairy dust the evil inventor capturing fairies for human comforts and success It was all so well done fast plot spot on writing and great voice


  7. says:

    The Wingsnatchers is the first book in the Carmer and Grit series for middle grade readers by Sarah Jean Horwitz Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery flightless faerie princess Grit do not call her Grettifrida they strike a deal If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much needed boost against the competition But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadlyThe Wingsnatchers is a nice start to a series unfortunately I found that the first couple chapters started off slowly and some readers might not make it to where Carmer and Grit meet which is when the story really picks up interest and speed I liked the premise and the characters once I got fully involved in the story I thought Carmer was clever but in the focused way of inventors and scholars that sometimes miss the obvious Grit was my favorite character she has a missing wing and has lived her life as actively and dangerously as she could She was occasionally a little bratty but what do you want from a fairy princess? Sadly some oft he twists I figured out a little sooner than I would have liked but the ride for Carmer to come to the same realization was entertaining although he frustrated me often Some of the secondary characters caught my imagination and I want past and future information about some of them I enjoyed the adventure and the idea of the story but despite some great moments I was not blown away by the read The Wingsnatchers is a good fantasy novel but it took awhile to grab my attention I will admit to picking it up and putting down a few times but in the end I think that this book will find a large audience that will enjoy it


  8. says:

    I was so intrigued by the premise of this book I love fae stories and I love steampunk novels Unfortunately I just could not connect with the characters or plot I think this author's writing style just wasn't for me personally


  9. says:

    I have weird mixed feelings about this book I love the characters a shy but brilliant boy talented with automata and a stubborn reckless fairy princess with one wing and the unwillingness to let it slow her down The overall story was good as well The problem for me was that it read a little slow A fair amount of the tension in the book was caused by Grit only seeing part of what was going on and making overexaggerated leaps of deduction and accusations about what was really going on which lead her to run off in a huff That to me is annoying realistic yes but I wanted Grit to be better than that She is young however and hopefully will out grow it I am looking forward to in the series


  10. says:

    Carmer is a magician's apprentice the sleight of hand variety and a dabbler in invention so he has trouble believing his eyes when he meets a one winged fairy named Grit Mechanical cats are on the prowl Fairies are disappearing throughout the city Magicians again the entertaining variety are in town having come from all uarters for a competition Stage names and seelie courts Puppeteers and flower petal dresses Top hats and train tricks Gorgeous world building and a uick pace that keeps readers on the edge of their seat Just the right blend of magic and invention I'll be adding the full set of this story to my home shelf Excellent