Book #80: Savvy by Ingrid Law

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy” -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.

As if waiting weren’t hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs’s birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman’s bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up-and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

I used to work at Borders. During the time that I did, Ingrid Law’s Savvy had just been published. From the beginning, I wanted to read the book. I did not buy it that day. Nor did I buy it a year from that day. In fact, it took about 7 years from Borders for me to finally get the book.

I bought it during a Goodreads Deal and nabbed the audio in the process. I’m glad I did.

Savvy is one of those coming of age books filled with magic. I loved the concept of a Savvy, a know-how that only the Beaumont family have (and their relatives). It is a magical gift brought to them on their thirteenth birthday. For example, one of Mibs’ brothers is able to start hurricanes. Another can bring forth lightning. Even her grandfather is able to make land where land wasn’t.

It is Mibs’ thirteenth birthday and her Savvy is about to happen. At first, you think her savvy is what she believes, but when it actually comes out, it is amazing. I loved her savvy and began to wonder what it would be like if I was in that world.

On top of Mibs trying to work out her own savvy, her brother Fish is also trying to work it out. The rest of the secondary characters even have their own problems they have to deal with. It is a hodge podge of faulty characters finding themselves and each other in a mistake road trip.

I really liked this book and I do plan on reading the other books in this series. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another seven years before I crack open book two.

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