Book Review of Wizards by John Booth

Title: Wizards
Author: John Booth
Publisher: Pfoxmoor Publishing
Publication Date: November 2010
paperback, 196 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9829791-5-0
Book available @ Amazon | Smashwords

Summary: Jake has a secret hidden in his bedroom, under the carpet. It is a game that every child knows and plays. But for Jake, there is one small difference. This game takes him to strange and wonderful worlds. He calls it hopscotch and it helps him find missing people. It helped him find Jenny. 
Jake is a wizard but he doesn’t have a clue. 
But that’s not all; Jake has yet another secret, hidden away in the attic. It’s an accident, a strange object from another world. Jake has forgotten about this secret, but that’s all about to change. Because this secret is about to hatch! 
Jenny doesn’t think Jake is weird - she likes weird. Princess Esmeralda of Salice thinks Jake should repay past mistakes. Evil wizards, kingdoms at war, chases, rescues, an offer he can’t refuse … 
Jake is a wizard and his life is about to get interesting.

Wizards by John Booth is a charming story about a young wizard named Jake. Jake is an average guy except he's, you know, a wizard and has a dragon for a pet, other than that completely average. Jake has a lot to learn about the wizarding world and makes a ton of mistakes learning how to be a wizard. Jake finds that he has the awesome power of traveling between worlds. This is where the trouble starts as well. You see nobody taught Jake how to be a wizard. He just has to wing it, which gets him into even more trouble. 
Wizards is a unique tale. I really liked that Jake had to figure out things on his own. There was no 'Hogwarts' or mentor to show him the way. In fact in this book, wizards tend to kill first and ask questions later. This element added so much to the novel. Jake's character changes throughout this book. He has to 'grow-up' and find a way to rectify all the damage he causes in his journey to becoming a wizard. He has the help of his girlfriend,Jenny and his loyal pet dragon.  One of my favorite things was the dragon. His name is Fluffy. Fluffy doesn't seem like a very suitable name for a dragon at all. However despite his name, Fluffy is full of attitude. I really liked the dynamics of the characters in this novel. They seemed to work okay together. Although there were times that I thought Jenny was a too hard on Jake. She's suppose to be in-love with him but at times she acted like she couldn't stand him or thought he was an idiot. Granted Jake had made quite a few mistakes but I thought she could ease up a bit. 
The storyline in Wizards was entertaining. John Booth lets us in on Jake's earlier years as a young wizard but the book takes place mainly when Jake is an adult. The story is pretty fast paced. It has a lot of action and adventure, evil characters, a princess and a dragon. I can honestly say that this book was not predictable at all. I do hope there will be a sequel because I still have some unanswered questions. 
Overall I thought this book was an enjoyable read. This book has a fresh outlook on the world of wizards. Parents, I wouldn't recommend this book for young kids. I would definitely say it's for an older YA audience. Wizards has violence, sexual situations and language. 

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*picture and summary taken from goodreads
*book received from publisher in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book.