Book Reviews

The Apothecary- Maile Meloy

Happy January!

Well what a week it has been, the craziness of 2020 continues and with plans slightly changing this week, it means I have more time to create content for All Things Gee. So just bare with me whilst I figure out a more put together schedule for things over here. I thought today I would give you a little review on a book featured on Mondays Weekly TBR because it turns out I finished it a lot quicker than I thought I would.

My Pre-read thoughts:

This is a book that I figure will be up my street because who does not love a little bit of magic and a little bit of drama. I am looking forward to learning a little more about Janie Scott and her story!


Janie Scott has just moved to London from sunny lA, and she’s finding it forbidding, dreary and cold. That is until she meets Benjamin Burrows who dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father – a mysterious apothecary – is kidnapped, he entrusts Janie and Benjamin with a powerful book, full of ancient spells and magical potions.

But there are others who seek the book’s secrets- spies in possession of nuclear weapons that could destroy the world…

My Review:

Firstly this book is magical not only is there magic there is a case to be solved and a little mystery. We all know that this is something I love within a book. I must admit I was not expecting to enjoy the book as much as I did but I was hooked from the moment I started reading. Resulting in a late night and finishing the book within a day. Whoops. This being said due to the book being set in 1952 the magic is somewhat over taken by the explosions and the issues they face possessing The Apothecary book. However, it is very interesting to read children’s book set in these times it is not something we see very often.

This children’s book is one that may not be the favourite of many adults due to the amount of questions you are left with but I have to admit I love that it is a little quirky and something different for people to read. This is one that could be easily shared among the family no matter your age.

The book includes the most charming pencil illustrations by Ian Schoenherr’s which open each chapter and are sprinkled throughout the text. The reason I think they work so well is they bring the story to life whilst leaving the depictions of the main character completely up to your imaginations.

One thing I love about this is that there are both male and female characters who equally have their share of the story allowing it to appeal to more people.

Yes the book does leave you with a few questions but if you are willing to ignore this and just enjoy the book for the story provided. You will love it. Again another book I would be happy to recommend to my nephews in a heartbeat.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Have you read The Apothecary? What did you think?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

4 thoughts on “The Apothecary- Maile Meloy

  1. It sounds like such a cool book! I’ll have to add it to my never-ending ‘to be read’ list 🙂

    All the best, Michelle (

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