Book Reviews

Throwback: Like A Charm by Elle McNicoll // Book Review


Edinburgh is a city filled with magical creatures. No one can see them… until Ramya Knox.

As she is pulled into her family’s world of secrets and spells, Ramya sets out to discover the truth behind the Hidden Folk with only three words of warning from her grandfather: Beware the Sirens.

Plunged into an adventure that will change everything, Ramya is about to learn that there is more to her powers than she ever imagined.



Review originally posted in 2021! – V

This story is exactly why I read middle grade books. It’s something new, something special that doesn’t feel like any story I’ve read before. A magical realism story set in Edinburgh, this has enough of the world we know to feel familiar, while also introducing us and Ramya to the world of the Hidden Folk.

I was quite reminded of The Spiderwick Chronicles that I read when I was much younger, as the story introduced us to trolls, fae, kelpies and the feared Sirens. I loved the modern take on Sirens, that growing bored of the ocean environment, they evolved, travelled to land and thrived.

As Elle’s previous two books have been standalones, I was worried that this one would be too, as I wasn’t ready to leave by the end of the story. Happily though, a sequel is planned for next year that I’ll be pre-ordering as soon as it becomes available.

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

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