The Luthier's Apprentice Review

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Title : The Luthier's Apprentice
Author : Mayra Calvini
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Release Date: May 15, 2014 ebook; August 15, 2014 print
Formats Available, e-book, Paperback, Hardback: ebook and paperback
Publisher Information or Self-Published:Twilight Times Books
ISBN Numbers: 
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-029-6
*eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-028-9
Prices of Each Format: ebook $2.99, paperback $15.95

When a psychopathic violinist starts kidnapping other violinists around the world, 16-year old Emma must hunt her down before her own beloved violin teacher is killed!

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…  

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms. 

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?  

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…


When I first came across this book, my mind was completely blank as to what it was about, as I had no clue what a Luthier was, never mind what an apprentice to one did, so I I was hasty to start reading it, and how glad I am that I did. The Luthier's Apprentice is a YA fantasy/ mystery novel, which I absolutely love so I couldn't wait to read it.  

This ya novel follows a determined, headstrong violinist called Emma ( already love her from the fact that she plays violin) as she tries to investigate her teacher's disappearance with her deductive skills she has gained from The Sherlock Holmes ( again Sherlock Holmes, solving crimes, music, what's not to love with this book) with the equally Sherlock obsessed Corey, until they come across a centuries ago mystery, male violinists have been going missing and Emma's teacher is the newest victim.

Personally I enjoyed it, the mystery, fantasy, the references the Sherlock Holmes and a lot more factors made this book very enjoyable to read. It is very quick paced, never a dull moment and surprising plot twists when you don't expect them. I recommend this book to anyone from ages 13 + and any fans of fantasy and mystery.

Write again soon

Holly x    

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  1. Thank you so much for the great review, Holly! I really appreciate it! Do you think you could post it on Amazon? I'm really trying to increase my reviews there. In any case, thanks again for taking the time to read and review the book, and for supporting my work! Warm regards, Mayra



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