I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Clara Voyant is a fun, light hearted middle grade brook which I really enjoyed. It had an interesting, tightly written plot and fun characters which all brought something to the story.
Clara is new to her school, and as an aspiring journalist, she is keen to impress Wesley Ferris, the editor of the school newspaper. She joins the team, but is gutted to find that Wesley won’t assign her to any investigative pieces, instead relegating her to the horoscopes section. Clara is gutted, not least because she doesn’t believe in horoscopes. However, when Clara’s horoscopes begin to come true, she wonders whether she was wrong to dismiss them. When a crime is committed at her school, Clara decides to use her newfound mystical powers to solve the mystery and prove herself as a brilliant journalist.
The plot of this book keeps you interested from the beginning, with multiple storylines and mysteries unfolding at the same time. There is the mystery of the stolen school mascot, Clara’s potential new powers, her best friend Maeve’s audition for the school play, and many more smaller storylines unfolding in the background. It really was a perfect cosy crime novel.
Despite the book having a wide range of characters, it never felt convoluted or busy. Each character stood out and played a role, however small, and added something to the book and plot. Clara is clever and ambitious, her best friend Maeve is bold and driven and the pair’s friendship was very entertaining. I also enjoyed the adult characters in the book, such as Mrs Major, the school’s custodian, and Clara’s mother with all of her quirks.
Overall, this book was a really enjoyable read that would be perfect for children and young teenagers. I think that this book is a standalone, but Clara definitely has the potential to lead her own series and I would happily read along.