Children of the Red King #1: Midnight for Charlie Bone Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"So my sister was able to read Harry Potter right when it came out. Being a few years younger, I was so happy when the Charlie Bone series came out. It was MY turn to have my OWN series that I could be excited and invested in! I started reading the series and anticipated each new book as the series unfolded... around the fifth book, however, I stopped reading. I think I became a bit too old at that point and there was too much space in between the books being released for me to stay in tune with the magic of it all.

HOWEVER... fie! Fie, I say! Now that the books are all out and done, I want to finish the series. And reading this first one again, I had the same fun joy as last time. I remembered most of it. I guess it wasn't that long ago. But I'm into it still and will press forward through this next week and a bit to complete the series! Once and for all!

I hope I don't regret it...
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"This was a beloved book series from my childhood that I recently decided to pick up and re-read. And oh my goodness, I wasn't expecting this, but IT'S STILL SO GOOD.

This was honestly so much fun to dive into again, after all these years, and fall in love with the story all over again. Considering everything and considering all the books I've read since reading this, I can say that this is actually a really, really good book series. The writing is lovely and incredibly descriptive and gave off very warm, autumnal vibes for me—flickering candles and windy days and quaint old bookshops. The characters are all memorable and you quickly form attachments to many of them. In that way, it reminded me of the Harry Potter series, where you pick up the book and become acquainted with all the characters and get warm fuzzies just thinking about them.

Granted, this is a middle grade book and there are definitely times when this comes across with the dialogue and such. But all in all, this is a damn good middle grade novel, and one that I personally think is vastly under-appreciated. I'm so glad that I've re-read this book, and I'm just as hooked into the story as I was when I first read it in elementary school... and now I kind of have to read the rest of the series!
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" My 10 year old recommended this one and I can see why.There’s certainly a Harry Potter vibe to it, plus maybe a few other popular books, yet is still distinguishable in its own right. All in all, it’s pretty good for a middle grade book. " said.

" I got to page 167 and I couldn't finish it. The characters in this story are so mean that it's not even an enjoyable story. Part of the lure of reading a book is enjoying the world that the characters live in - being in a world different from your own. I don't want to be in Charlie Bone's world! His world sucks. There is nothing in this story that makes me want to finish it. I was really looking forward to this book so I'm pretty disappointed with the outcome. " said.

"Another one kind of hard to rate.

I didn't love the book in the beginning. Wait, that's a lie, I did. I loved the prologue. From there on, I didn't love the book in the beginning. Once we started to meet the people in the academy, though, it really got going and I went all in.

There was something about the writing that felt, for lack of a better word, clunky all the way through. Certain things were too obvious and seemed too simple. Those gripes didn't bog me down too much though, because I really loved most of the characters and the plot in general was very good, not to mention I am highly intrigued for things that are sure to come in future books.

A good, solid read. I won't be surprised if the series gets better from here out though. Loads of potential.
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"This book/series is just as great as I remember thinking it was when I first picked it up in middle school. I love the characters and the plot and everything about it, however, there a lot of parallels to Harry Potter. I mean, a main character with dark, messy hair that people complain about. A family full of ginger-haired, freckled-faced people. A dog with four names, two of which are Percival Pettigrew, I mean I could go on, lol. Maybe it was drawing inspiration but I know this might annoy a few people so I feel the need to point it out. I think this was always the part of the draw for me, though, why I was so invested in it in the first place. It's a great series, especially for middle grade students. Quick reads (even if the books are a little lengthy) that keep interest, for sure!" said.

"The comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable, and sometimes Nimmo steps dangerously close to plagiarism. A young boy discovers he has powers and ends up in a old school that teaches him to develop these powers. Sound familiar yet? If not there is an evil teacher, a nefarious plot and a dark forest. Harry Potter may be all over this book, but it has to be said that Charlie Bone does have some originality. His powers aren't necessarily magic - he can listen to what the subjects in photographs are saying, and the school is definitely not Hogwarts.
This is a middle grade book, and its clear in the writing. The style is relatively simplistic, but that doesn't stop this from being an enjoyable read. The brisk writing style makes for an equally brisk pace and there is plenty of adventure and action along the way to stop this from being a boring re-tread of Potter. The characters aren't all that interesting, though Charlie Bones ties to the school and his past offer intriguing set up for future books.
It's lack of originality stops this from getting any higher than three stars, but i did enjoy it and it's great for middle grade readers who enjoyed Potter and are looking for another world to explore.
Recommended, but not a must-read.
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"Review by Jill Williamson

Charlie bone had a special picture blown up for his best friend’s birthday present. His mom picks it up from Kwik Foto, but when Charlie opens up the package, it’s not his order. He stares at the photo of a man holding a baby, mesmerized. Then a conversation floods his mind. He can hear a woman and a man talking about the baby. Charlie convinces himself that he imagined it, but Grandma Bone has her own theory.

His grandma enrolls him at Bloor’s Academy, a school for gifted children. She thinks that Charlie is endowed with special abilities. Charlie doesn’t want to go to any special school. But since Grandma Bone supports him and his mother, he doesn’t have a choice. Life at Bloor’s is different, and soon Charlie discovers that there are other students in his class who have equally mysterious powers.

The people in the photo and a mysterious gift set Charlie hot on the trail to solve a mystery of a missing girl. Can Charlie find her at his school? And what other secrets might the Bloor’s hiding? Could any of them have to do with Charlie’s past?

This series has some parallels to Harry Potter. A British author. A magically gifted boy away at boarding school. Some kids are good, some are bad. Charlie has wicked relatives. But these students aren’t studying magic. They are born with their endowments which are anything and everything including: shape shifting, mind reading, controlling the weather, speaking to animals, and flying. I found the book fun. It was a little predictable, but entertaining. The characters are amusing and real, sometimes choosing to do what’s right, sometimes not. There is no strong element of faith, but the story is clean and the plot centers on righting a wrong. I recommend this for younger readers who love fantasy.
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