The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton, reviewed by Leontine

 The mask of Aribella- I was really interested when I read that it would have magic, adventure and Venice in this book-The mask of Aribella – three things I like. I wasn’t disappointed.

There was lots of heart-racing and spine-chilling moments that made the book irresistible for me.

 The detail of life in Venice at the time there were Doges -in Venice- was one of the many things I enjoyed about this story. Some things are still the same now!

 A few things you will read about if you decide to try it are: the island of the dead, a powerful mask, a hidden painting and a black cat.  

 The setting, Venice, caused it to be even better, with the canals and intricate masks, the characters even travelled by gondola!

I thought the characters were really well imagined, especially the evil one whose part in the story I found really fascinating.

4.8/5 stars from me.

Now one of my favourite books, I would recommend it to people who like the harry potter books.

I hope Anna Hoghton (the author) writes a sequel!

My name is Leontine, I’m 10 years old and I live in Hove with my French mum, my Italian dad and my annoying little brother, who is 7 years old. I love reading books especially books about adventure, magic, myths and mysteries. I also enjoy reading comics with my brother.

About the book

Perfect for fans of The Thief Lord!

Aribella lives in Venice, the daughter of an impoverished lace-maker. But she has a deadly secret: when angered, sparks shoot from her fingertips. Unable to keep her power hidden, she flees – but when dark spectres rise from the lagoon, the fire in her hands saves her life. A stranger witnesses the attack – and through him, Aribella leaves her old life behind and discovers the world of the Cannovacci, magical warriors sworn to defeat the strange spectres menacing the city …WINNER of the North Somerset Teachers’ Quality Fiction Award 2020