A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

I don’t know what I was expecting after reading the cover of A Match of Wits by Jen Turano, but I didn’t anticipate a pet pig as part of the plot, which seemed over the top. Turano presents a variety of characters in her new book which are entertaining and strong in their own ways, but I found Agatha and Zayne, the main characters a bit exaggerated.

The storyline of A Match of Wits held my attention well enough and I really thought some of backup characters like Mr. Blackheart and Drusilla were well-developed and believable. Piper was entertaining and helpful in her own way, but her conversation was too mature and formal for an eight year old.

While Turano’s story had some delightful moments, most of the book’s humor was derived from the ridiculous antics of Agatha coupled with Zayne’s egotistical responses to her behavior rather than witty, adult conversation among the main characters. Turano is an excellent writer but I finished her novel wishing there had been a bit more depth to her main characters.

Overall, A Match of Wits was not bad, but it was not my favorite. Bethany House sent me a complimentary book of A Match of Wits by Jen Turano to review.


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