Clover's Luck: 03/31/17
Clover's Luck by Kallie George is the first of the the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. It was recommended to me by my seven year old niece who is a reluctant reader but loves animals and fantasy.
My niece is Canadian — born and raised in Vancouver. So is the book, although with the magical aspect of the forest, I picture the story taking place on Vancouver Island. The forests on the islands come up on you quickly. Though the island is small in the grand scheme of things, it's big enough to get lost and big enough to hide an entire forest of magical creatures and people.
Clover believes she has the worst luck in the world. Her latest example is that her best friend got into horse camp for the summer but she didn't. She's still on the wait list.
And that's when Clover ends up off the usual path and lost inside the forest. She knows not to go there but she ends up there. She ends up at an animal shelter full of unusual creatures. By the end of the day she ends up being hired to care for the animals over the summer.
The first rule of the shelter is to make sure to adopt the magical creatures to the right owner. It's a matter of finding the owner who will love and care for the animal on the animal's own terms. Unicorns, for instance, might be something that princesses always end up buying but that doesn't mean a princes is a good fit for a unicorn.
Clover gets put to the test when she's left in charge of the shelter. As she's matching up the animals with new forever homes (and in the case of one creature, reuniting it with its owner), she also has to contend with a witch who is up to some sort of no-good.
It's a solid start to a series. I can see why my niece likes them. There are currently three books total in the series. Book two is The Enchanted Egg and book three is The Missing Magic.