Monday, January 11, 2016

The Candy Shop War- Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing The Candy Shop War book 2- Arcade Catastrophe, by Brandon Mull.

The Story- (goodreads)
Something fishy is going on over at the new amusement centre in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dart, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover they discover kids feverishly playing arcade games in an effort to win enough tickets to redeem one of four stamps: jets, tanks, submarines and racecars.

Rumour has it that the stamps are definitely worth it. But what do they do?

The kids soon discover that the owner of Arcadeland is recruiting members for four different clubs. When each club is filled, he will begin his quest to retrieve a magical talisman of almost unimaginable power. With John Dart and Mozag sidelined, will Nate, Summer, Trevor, Pigeon and their new friend, Lindy, find a way to save the day?

My Thoughts-

Such a fun and perfect book for middle graders. I loved the first book and this one is just as exciting. We have a new villain, Mr. White, the brother of the previous bad lady in book one. He is able to use wax figures of people to control them. He is a great evil character who stops at nothing to win. As a reader, you know his threats towards our main characters are real. What is also fun is that the previous villain, Mrs. White, is also in this book. She is now Lindy, a young girl with no memory of her former deeds. I liked seeing her character revamped and the ability she now has to start over.

The quest for Uweya, an artifact of great magical powers, is at the heart of the book. It is fun to see the kids with their magic stamps with the abilities of flight, strength, speed and under water breathing. They have to use their powers to solve individual quests that lead up to the big one. I like how they use their wits and work together, even while on different teams.

The setting, an arcade, enough said, kids will relate.

Another score for Mull. 5 Stars!


  1. Always good to hear of a new middle-grade that will keep kids entertained. Thanks for the review.

  2. I have read some of his other books. Not this...yet! Thanks for the read.

  3. Yes, this is originally one of his older ones, but he has continued to add to the series. It is really good.