Review: Hooky by Míriam Bonastre Tur

Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur

Hooky (Hooky #1)
Míriam Bonastre Tur
Clarion Books
Published September 7, 2021

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About Hooky

Two twins, one prophecy, and a whole lot of hijinks. From WEBTOON, the #1 digital comic platform, comes a fantastical story about twin siblings Dani and Dorian who have missed the bus to magic school and scramble to find a mentor to teach them before their parents find out. Perfect for fans of THE OKAY WITCH and the 5 Worlds series. 

When Dani and Dorian missed the bus to magic school, they never thought they’d wind up declared traitors to their own kind! Now, thanks to a series of mishaps, they are being chased by powerful magic families seeking the prophesied King of Witches and royals searching for missing princes.

But they aren’t alone. With a local troublemaker, a princess, and a teacher who can see the future on their side, they might just be able to clear their names…but can they heal their torn kingdom?

Based on the beloved webcomic from WEBTOON, Hooky is in stunning print format for the first time with exclusive new content sure to please fans new and old.

My Review

This is such a cute book! I felt like the original premise got a little lost at first. Dani and Dorian are technically playing hooky from school, but they keep looking for a mentor so they can still learn magic, so are they actually, truly playing hooky? I quickly gave up pondering this question in favor of following the twins through their goofy, fun adventures.

There’s a bright, quirky cast of characters, from the princess who used to be scared of witches and dreams of rescuing her true love to the troublemaking boy with abandonment issues. It’s definitely a wild ride.

Some chapters of the book felt more episodic than others. I’m not sure if that’s simply a function of its origin as a web cartoon, but I didn’t mind the transitions much at all. I didn’t realize when I read the book that there are two more in the series. I’d like to follow the story in the next book, but it might be a little bit before I get to it.

On the whole, this was just the silly, fun romp in a fantasy world that I was hoping it would turn out to be.

Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 10 up.

Major characters are white.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used very infrequently.

Romance/Sexual Content
Some hints at attraction between male and female characters.

Spiritual Content
Some characters have the ability to perform magic and are called witches.

Violent Content
It is now illegal to execute witches by burning them, but that wasn’t always so. A prophecy predicts a powerful witch will come to power and cause mayhem.

Drug Content

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