This action-packed book tells the tale of 12-year-old Kestrel as she hunts grabbers, monsters that build themselves out of people’s stolen objects. With her weasel, Pipit, and her sharpened spoon, this free spirit is a formidable opponent to the evil creatures. But her own grabber grows in strength, as she tries to find her way out of the woods and things from her past reemerge. Why is her mom hated by the town but her dad treated like a town hero? Who was Kestrel’s grandmother and what happened to her? Mystery and action combine, bringing the reader to a climactic ending.
This book kept me hooked as Kestrel makes friends and battles enemies throughout her journey. The characters have individual personalities and their own quirks. This book is full of mystery and drama, mostly about Kestrel’s family. Kestrel’s back story is not fully explained until the middle of the book, with mysteries about her parents and her grandmother unfolding slowly. It would have been nice to find out more about her family earlier on, and we never really understand what the grabbers are or why they hunt people. Questions about Kestrel’s family are also left unanswered, which is a bit frustrating, but we are left wanting more, making this book a contender for a good series.