The Books of Elsewhere series by Jacqueline West This award-winning, New York Times bestselling series is bursting with humor, magic, and suspense. Readers first meet flawed yet endearing heroine Olive Dunwoody in The Shadows, when a pair of enchanted spectacles revealed a magical world known as “Elsewhere”—a world that exists inside the paintings left behind by the McMartins, dark witches who once lived in Olive’s house. In later books, Olive’s insatiable curiosity carry her from one danger to the next: a sinister spellbook, magical yet perilous paints, and strangers who creep in the night. Luckily, she has some amazing friends to help her along the way—Morton, a boy-turned-painting searching for his missing parents, Rutherford, a young witch-in-training who also happens to be an expert on the Middle Ages, and the three gigantic, immortal cats who protect the secrets of the McMartin mansion. These books are fantastic—the perfect precursor to future fans of Harry Potter, it’s just the right mix of magic and mystery without being too scary, and it’s really funny. Furthermore, Olive is a realistic, relatable role model for both boys and girls. She’s an average girl with no special powers or remarkable talents. She struggles with the same things so many kids struggle with: loneliness, bullying, bad decisions and accepting one’s mistakes. But she learns—and throughout the course of the series, she becomes this self-reliant, courageous and mature young person, but also a loyal, thoughtful friend.
Find the books online: http://www.booksofelsewhere.com/
I’ve been hearing about this series for ages and I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet! It looks and sounds fantastic! Have you read this series? Or if not, what about it excites you most? Let me know in the comments :)