I will admit that I've become more flexible when it comes to reading books out of order but I think this will be the first and possibly only time where I say if I read the first book I likely wouldn't have read this one. I did enjoy the story but I didn't like the way it was told if that makes any sense at all. It felt like I was taking a journey where everything was smooth until I hit a pothole when all of a sudden the author was part of the story and giving commentary.
It makes me think of how I felt about the show How To Get Away With Murder. I watched the first two episodes and decided that it wasn't the show for me because I hated the way the story was told although I did enjoy the actors and the story. It was just too jarring and jumped around. This book is kinda like that for me but without a crazy timeline. Personally I could have done without the author being a part of the story. I don't know if that's something the author does all the time. If it is sadly I don't think I'd try out other books because that's just a deal breaker for me.
Now I did like the story which is why it was kinda tricky for me to rate it. Aside from the big elephant in the story that kept popping up AKA the author I thought this was a fun middle grade book. I've been getting into them more and have read some really good ones. Brett is a kid that's on a cruise ship that his dad has just bought. He loves parfaits but that love of them leads to him making a crazy discovery in the hold of the cruise ship. He ends up going overboard and ends up at Price Island. This place is basically summer camp for magical kids. I'm not sure if it is year round or what but when I think of camp I think to think of it taking place in the summer. Clay finds him and two outcasts become friends. I found it easy to relate to Brett and to Clay. I'm sure many of us have felt moments of not quite fitting in. I did like that there was friendship and I do love magic.
I also liked that the bad guys weren't all the type that you can see from a mile away if that makes sense. One bad guy was more subtle which I liked and found refreshing. Brett and the kids at the camp go off on a adventure against the bad guys. Crazy stuff goes down. Come on I have to admit that a flying tepee sounds cool. Just think Tardis minus the ability to travel through time and space but it does come in handy when stuff is going down in the middle of the ocean on a cruise ship. There was a part at the end of the book that made me gasp but it made sense so I didn't really have an issue with it because while it was disturbing it made sense unlike this sentence I'm thinking. So I have to say that I'm not sure if I would pick up another book from this author unless I find out that another series isn't told in the same sort of way but I'm thinking this just might be a case of me not clicking with the writer's writing style even though I enjoyed the story.