I really liked reading this book. The characters in this story were very relatable, especially the main character Sam. From her love of reading to her mild annoyance with her little sister, the author's descriptions of Sam were very realistic for a twelve-year-old girl. I also liked how the author was able to maintain suspense throughout the story. For example, instead of just having Lily get kidnapped, the author comments on how creepy the woods seem to Sam before this incident occurs. I also liked the pacing of the story as no one part seemed boring or slow. This is a perfect book for readers looking for a chapter book full of adventure, suspense, and magic!