Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
After Parker and his friends destroyed the evil genie, Xaru, they awoke an even greater threat: Vesiroth. An immortal sorcerer who was frozen for centuries is now free, and he’s determined to finish what he had started—taking over the world. In order to accomplish his goal he must find the Elicuum Helm, an ancient object that will grant the user extraordinary powers. But the helm was broken into three pieces many years ago, and now Parker, along with his genie, Fon-Rham, his cousin Theo, Reese and Vesiroth’s former protégé, will have to travel the globe to find the helm first before it's too late.
This second book in the Rebels of the Lamp series was just as exciting, but a bit darker in my opinion. I liked it, but I am struggling with labeling these as middle grade.
The story opens up with Parker, Reese, and Theo enjoying the benefits of having a genie for a friend. Everyday they get to go on adventures and live life to its fullest. Lurking in the shadows those is Vesiroth and he is ready to take back his life and wreck havoc on all of mankind.
Rebels of the Lamp itself was dark and like I said in my previous review had quite a bit of killing within its pages. Finders Keepers has the same, but it felt like the killing numbers were doubled and there are a few scenes I am struggling with. I think the authors could have chosen a different way to get rid of certain characters that would have kept this book more in the middle grade lane. That being said though I do think middle school boys will devour this one just as much as the first and will probably all love the way certain characters met their demise haha.
My favorite part was how exciting the story line was. I loved seeing all the magic and never knowing when the next strike from the Path or Vesiroth would be! It was so fast paced and exciting!!
I still very much liked the characters. Parker showed he was loyal to his friends and I appreciated his loyalty. I think he grew up a bit between the last book and this one and it was nice to see. I also really liked Professor Ellison. She is tough and cold, but I am very intrigued by her and I can't wait to see where her story goes next. Theo puzzled me a bit though and I am very curious where his story line go probably the most out of all the characters. He has some issues going on that need working out and I hope he figures things out soon.
All in all this was another fun addition to the Rebels of the Lamp series and that ending definitely set the stage for a great third book. I am attached to this series and I can not wait to see what happens next!! I think the next book will be the best one yet!