ARC Review: A Bigfoot’s Quest by Mel Braxton

A Bigfoot's Quest: A Coming of Age Story (Alice's Shapeshifting Adventure  Book 2) - Kindle edition by Braxton, Mel. Children Kindle eBooks @  Amazon.com.

Alice accepts a mission from the Fae: help her ma return to the Bigfoot village. But nothing is as it seems, and soon Alice begins a different quest. This time it’s in search of the truth.

Through months of hard work, Alice has learned to be both human and Bigfoot. She’s ready for rest, and spring break has arrived! But when Jaria shares new information, they begin a new adventure—one that yields more questions than answers.

Frustrated and confused, Alice takes it upon herself to uncover the truth. But when someone she loves follows her into danger, she must find a way to protect them. If she fails, she’ll never forgive herself.

What price is Alice willing to pay for the truth? Read A Bigfoot’s Quest to find out!

I really loved A Bigfoot’s Gift, but to my astonishment, its sequel, A Bigfoot’s Quest, was somehow even better!

In this book, Mel Braxton does an excellent job of crafting deep and complicated characters that you simply can’t help but root for. Our protagonist, Alice, definitely matures a lot throughout the story. I loved her in book one, of course, but it was wonderful to see a new side of her in A Bigfoot’s Quest as she grows up and gains strength, wisdom, and maturity. Alice is definitely a character that snuck up on me… In book one, I rooted for her, but in book two, I connected with her and empathized with her as well. I felt all of her emotions so very deeply, and by the end of the book, I found myself loving her more than ever. There’s a big difference between liking a character and connecting with a character, and I’m happy to tell you that I both liked Alice AND connected with her in A Bigfoot’s Quest!

Alice’s relationships with other characters in the series also went through some incredible development. Take her relationship with Jaria, for example. The two started out as frenemies, but as they grew and matured together, they slowly became friends. It was beyond beautiful to see tension and coldness turn into understanding and warmth. Alice and Jaria’s friendship is definitely a special one, and it’s come so far from their strained relationship in book one!

Another relationship that I enjoyed getting to see unravel was the one between Alice and her mother, Evie, who had previously been absent from her life for years. Obviously, Alice’s feelings towards Evie were, and still are, very complicated. When she reunites with her mother after years of detachment, Alice feels a dramatic range of emotions. She feels angry at her mother for abandoning her, but she loves her unconditionally as well. It’s a complex dynamic, one that I’m looking forward to seeing more of in future books!

With all of these beautifully developing relationships, the tone of this story is much more emotional than it was in book one. Yet, it’s written in a way that young readers can easily connect with, as this IS a middle grade novel! I just know that my elementary/middle school self would have DEVOURED this series, just like I’m devouring it now! And that’s the thing… even if you’re not a middle grade reader, you’ll still enjoy this book. I myself typically gravitate towards YA and NA, but regardless of that, Alice’s story is one that I absolutely loved!

This series has been wonderful so far, and I’m so stoked to read what I think will be the final book, once it comes out that is! Reading about Alice and all of her adventures has been such a pleasure, and I can’t wait to see how her story comes to an end… Even if I’ll be sad that the series is over!

In sum, A Bigfoot’s Quest is an absolutely fabulous book that you won’t want to miss! If you like lovable characters, beautiful friendships, a fascinating magic system, and a fast moving plot, this is the series for you! I can’t recommend it enough!

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