Title: Wish Trap
Author: Linda Chapman
Illustrator: Lucy Fleming
Series: Star Friends #2
Age Range: 7+
Do you believe in magic?
Ionie and her friends do! When they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of adventure unfolds. Ionie and her star animal, a wildcat called Sorrel, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic.
When a young girl, Paige, wishes she could be on the gym team, she doesn’t realise that a Wish Shade hiding in her garden will make it come true – in the worst way imaginable. Can the Star Friends stop the girls from getting hurt and send the Wish Shade back to where it came from?
Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.
Source: Review copy from Little Tiger Press via NetGalley
This second Star Friends adventure is every bit as cute and enjoyable as the first one. If you know a young reader who loves animals and magic, then this should delight them. Lucy Fleming’s illustrations are lovely, the story is fun and the mystery continues to deepen as our four friends – and their magical companions – try to stop yet more dark magic from entering the world.
From the cover and the description I was expecting this to be Ionie’s book and for everything to focus on her this time. So I was a little sad to find that Maia remained the main character, just as in the first book. Not that I don’t like Maia, but I wanted to know a bit more about Ionie’s own struggles to try and fit in – which often lead to her trying too hard to show off and simply annoying the others. Ionie did play a very important part and her friendship troubles with the other three girls are definitely improving, but I would have liked to get to know Ionie a little better. It might also have been nice to have seen a softer side to Sorrel, her star friend wildcat, because that cat is a snob and I don’t like her much.
This slight disappointment aside, the story was great. There’s some mystery, a bit of danger, more magic and a little bit more about friendship and trying to understand others instead of always thinking of yourself. In all, another good read for young lovers of animals and magic and reading and adventure.