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Book Review: Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny by Malia Ann Haberman

November 5, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny by Malia Ann HabermanChase Tinker and the House of Destiny by Malia Ann Haberman
Series: Chase Tinker #3
Published by Crossroad Press on 28th May 2014
Pages: 211
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars
In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination…

For eight agonizing months Chase Tinker's guilt over the despicable act he committed on Halloween night has been eating away at his heart and mind. Chase's life gets even more complicated when secrets about the mysterious Relic in the attic are revealed, right before an unwelcome caller arrives on the day of Chase's fourteenth birthday!

Despite his problems, his biggest concern is that his family's Dark Enemy, the Marlowe Family, is becoming more powerful with each passing day, fueled by the energy they continue to pillage from the many magical beings of the world. If Chase and his family are ever going to win, they will need a whole lot of magical help; they must destroy the most evil threat the world has ever known!

 

The Chase Tinker books never fail to put a smile on my face when I read them, and Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny was no exception to that rule. This is a really fun middle grade series, and was a perfect read during the Halloween season.

Chase’s portrayal in this book was fantastic. It’s so realistic, he’s probably one of the best-written thirteen-year-old boys I’ve read about. He wants to be the hero, he tries so hard to do the right thing, but still falls short at times, and isn’t afraid of having the occasional hissy fit, particularly when things don’t go his way! I love his friendship with Persephone, although I felt for him at times, as not only is he struggling with his feelings for her, but also the jealousy that comes with her dating another guy. He really came into his own with this book, desperate to find a solution to beat the Marlowes without relying on anyone else’s help, and I really admired him for that.

I didn’t like Nori much in House of Destiny, I will admit. I found her quite rude and annoying at times, and wished she tried to see Chase’s point of view instead of just shooting whatever he said down in flames. She really got under my skin at points, which may have been the point, but still. She annoyed me a lot.

That being said, the ending for House of Destiny was ridiculously cliffhanger-y in all the best ways, and has left me desperately pining for that fourth book. I need to know what happens next. Need. To. Know.