Book Review: Brightstorm

Book Review: Brightstorm

Will Arthur and Maudie find the answers they seek?

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.


Series: Brightstorm #1
Author: Vashti Hardy
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Scholastic
Page Count: 352
Format: eARC
Genre: Middle Grade, Steampunk, Fantasy
Cover Artist: 
My Rating: ★★★

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Norton Young Readers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

Wow! This is the first time I’ve received an ARC for a book that I “Wished” for on Netgalley. Thanks so much Norton Young Readers!


Content Warning: Death of a parent, Attempted murder, Plane Crash

Twins Arthur and Maudie are children to a famous explorer. Their father had been on an expedition to the South Polaris when his airship presumably crashed and the entire crew perished. With his death and the children now orphaned, Arthur and Maudie are thrust from a life of comfort, to one of destitution. Their father, blamed with stealing fuel from another airship before his ship crashed, violated the laws of explorers, and therefore, lost everything in his name.

With nothing left, Arthur and Maudie are sold and enlisted for servitude by an unpleasant family. Unable to believe that their father would do such a terrible thing as steal, they decide to do everything they can to investigate further. Their eagerness lands them with a crew of explorers racing to South Polaris. What’s to come is an icy terrain, suspense, mind-talking wolves, and the truth behind their father’s last exploration and who is to blame for the stolen fuel.

Reminiscent of The Series of Unfortunate Events, these twins find themselves in one precarious situation after another as they try to prove their father’s innocence and redeem the Brightstorm name. Brightstorm is a story for adventurers into the unknown with an appreciation for truth and justice.

Vulgarity: None.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: Moderate.

My Rating: ★★★

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