Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel

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Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

 

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on November 24, 2015 by Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 1594748039
ISBN-13: 9781594748035
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  • felicisowl
    felicisowlSaturday, September 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm55 starsFeatured
    "Welcome to the Warren Hotel.." Prepare to enter the secluded world of Warren the 13th, an odd-looking errand boy at the Warren Hotel. Warren can remember much better days at the Warren Hotel - generations and generations of Warrens took care of the hotel, with guests coming all over the world to stay at the famous hotel. But when Warren's father, Warren the 12th, unfortunately passed away, Warren's uncle Rupert inherited the hotel. Needless to say, things went downhill fast after that, and Warren's days became a living nightmare - especially because of Uncle Rupert's wife, Aunt Annaconda. Even though Aunt Annaconda acts lovey-dovey and perfectly sweet in front of Uncle Rupert, Warren knows the real reason she's here - she wants to find an old myth, the All-Seeing Eye, which is rumoured to be hidden somewhere in the hotel. Warren the 13th has been living a horrible life for twelve years.. but that possibly might change when the first guest in years stays at the hotel! It's a mysterious man covered in gauze, coats, and hats. But when Warren gets sent to the hotel hedge mazes as a punishment, he discovers Warren the 2nd's diary.. which is first of the many clues Warren discovers as he realizes that the All-Seeing Eye has the immense power to destroy the hotel.. or maybe even save it? But what Warren doesn't know that Aunt Annaconda is a very wicked witch, and is set on destroying the hotel and him along with it. Will Warren find the most unlikely allies and have a great adventure to save the hotel, or will he go down as only a pawn in Aunt Annaconda's master plan? I can't deny it - when I first picked up this book, I did not know what to expect. But when I finally decided to open it, I was transported into a world.. like ours, but in another dimension, almost. This book is almost like a manuscript straight out of someone's imagination, with all those fantastical creatures roaming around and secrets around every page! Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is an incredibly, incredibly creative book - it keeps you on your toes on every page because of the mystery surrounding everything! This book is delightful and charming, and when you think of those words, I think you think of a book that's sort of lightweight, but this book has deeper elements. It has horror, a bit of mystery, betrayal, and things that seem to "highlight" the book and give it depth. Another thing that surprised me was that I thought it was going to be strictly fantasy based on the cover, but it surprised me! It was a blend with nearly all of the genres - even romance (very, very, very corny romance) between Annaconda and Rupert! Even though this is aimed at children, I think all readers can enjoy this amazing read.. And I almost forgot to mention that there is a character named Sketchy, and he is such a sweetheart!
    • ravermccare23
      ravermccare23Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm
      great review felicisowl! all your reviews of books are really well thought about and i agree with mostly everything you say!!
      • felicisowl
        felicisowlWednesday, November 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm55 stars
        Wow, thank you so much ravermccare23! It's really great to find someone who agrees with my opinion and your kind words mean a lot to me - again, thank you so much!
      • taniadelrio
        taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm
        Thank you for your in-depth review, felicisowl! I'm happy you liked it! :)
        • felicisowl
          felicisowlTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm55 stars
          Thank you so much!
      • pipermc11
        pipermc11Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:07 pmFeatured
        This book was wonderfully written and the art style was absolutely stunning. Warren, a twelve year old who has descended from multiple Warrens (he's the 13th,) lives in a hotel with his Uncle Rupert after his father passed away. His uncle has a new, seemingly kind wife, Aunt Annaconda. But she's more than just a first glance. Warren's family has hidden the All-Seeing Eye, and Aunt Annaconda is after it. While the perfect wife around Warren's uncle, she's horrible and cruel to Warren. Warren eventually can't put up with her anymore, and escapes to find the treasure by himself. This book is full of action, and cliffhangers at each chapter. It was a refreshing read from your standard "Stepmother is evil but nice around the father" story line. Highly recommended!
        • taniadelrio
          taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm
          Thanks for the review and recommendation, pipermc11!
        • peakreader
          peakreaderTuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:08 am55 starsFeatured
          This was an awesome book! It begins with Warren, a strange looking 12 year old boy with crooked teeth. He comes from a long line of other Warrens [it's a family name] but this Warren, Warren the 13th probably has the most boring and then exciting life of them all. I don't want to tell you the whole story so I'll give you a summary. Warren is a waiter, groundskeeper, errand boy and valet at his family's old mysterious hotel. Then his father passes away and his uncle takes over with his new creepy wife and everything gets pretty strange. Aunt Annaconda is digging around for an All-Seeing Eye and acting totally insane and then all lovey dovey around his uncle. Then Warren goes on his own adventure trying to find the secret treasure all the way to the end. There are amazing pictures, riddles and secret codes on almost every page. I'd recommend this book to anybody. Warren the 13th was crazy, very exciting and action packed. Read the book to find out the whole story!
          • taniadelrio
            taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm
            Thanks for the awesome review, peakreader!
          • mosea1234
            mosea1234Friday, September 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm44 stars
            This was a fantastic book, that was full of mystery and adventure. I really liked the triple crossing with the perfumierer's daughter and Aunt Anaconda, that was really suprising. Warren a boy with a toad-like face discovers the secret of his ancestors hotel and must beat his aunt (the witch) to it!
            • taniadelrio
              taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm
              Thanks for sharing your review, mosea1234! :)
            • mimibell
              mimibellMonday, September 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm55 starsFeatured
              Warren The 13th and The All Seeing-Eye is a mystery/fantasy about a young boy who's name is Warren. I thought 256 pages was long but it went by super fast; I couldn't put the book down. I read for two hour straight. There are many interesting and puzzle-like illustrations that really showed how the characters live and what life was like for Warren, the main character. The more you read the more you become interested. The story takes place in an old, abandoned hotel. Warren the 13th is an Orphan whose father died. When Warren turns 18 he can finally own the hotel. Unfortunately for Warren, he is younger than that, so his fat and lazy Uncle Rupert and Rupert’s “loving” aunt become caretakers. But his Aunt Annaconda married Rupert just for the treasure (the all seeing-eye). Aunt Annaconda: The perfect wife to her dear husband Rupert, but with Warren she is a devilish witch. She is so mean she even made poor Warren sleep in the a boiler room. She really has only married Rupert for the treasure (All Seeing-Eye). The major conflict is that Warren and Annaconda are trying to get the mysterious object. We don't know WHAT IT IS and it is a mystery to WHERE IT IS! I really liked this book because it is a cliff hanger within each chapter, so you keep on reading chapter after chapter!! Warning, get cozy before you open the book.
              • taniadelrio
                taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm
                I'm happy you enjoyed it, mimibell! Thanks for the review!
              • maddyrocks13
                maddyrocks13Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4:31 pm44 stars
                This isn't just a book. I mean, yes, of course it's a book, but it's more than that. Aside from the exciting story (which is full of plot twists and mystery) and quirky characters, Warren the 13th also features great art and little hidden puzzles within the pages. I really loved how pretty this book is, which illustrations in black, white and red and a two-column format for the text. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys unique characters, graphic novels, and mysteries.
                • taniadelrio
                  taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm
                  Thanks for the review, maddyrocks13! :)
                • maddyp18
                  maddyp18Monday, September 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm55 starsFeatured
                  I really enjoyed this book!!! Warren the 13th, comes from a long line of Warrens in his family. His father, Warren the 12 died when Warren was really young, so the family business a giant hotel was handed over to Warrens uncle, Rupert. While it had taken 12 years of generations of Warrens to make the hotel popular and grand, it only took 5 years with uncle Rupert to become trashed.But Rupert marries Aunt Annaconda, who does NOT help the situation at hand. Whenever Rupert is in sight she acts so lovey dovey, but when she is alone with Warren she drops the act. As it went the only reason Annaconda married Rupert was because of the all seeing eye. She wants it, and bad but Warren is determined to find it. Who will find the All Seeing Eye first? My favorite character in this story is Warren, because of his nice and helpful characteristics. I think the message in this story is to work hard and never give up!! I hope you enjoy this book!!!!!!!
                  • taniadelrio
                    taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm
                    I'm so happy you enjoyed it, maddyp18! :)
                  • penguin313
                    penguin313Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm55 stars
                    A great book about Warren the 13th, 13th generation of the Warren Hotel. Due to his parents' deaths, the hotel goes into the hands of his lazy uncle and his evil Aunt Annaconda. The hotel falls into disrepair, and when Aunt Annaconda searches for the all-seeing-eye, Warren must stop her.
                    • taniadelrio
                      taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm
                      Thanks for the review, penguin313! :)
                    • borntoswim
                      borntoswimSunday, September 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm55 starsFeatured
                      I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. In only about 3 days I whizzed through this book, start to end. It reminded me of Brian Selznick's books (The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, Wonderstruck) because almost every page has detailed illustrations that helped tell the story and also helped the reader visualize what each of the wacky characters looked like. The book is basically about a orphan boy who inherits his family's hotel. What used to be a lavish resort has turned into a dumpy wreck thanks to his uncle, Rupert, ever since he married Warren's evil Aunt Anaconda. But Warren is convinced that he can restore the hotel's state to it's past glory. However, his Aunt has some motives of her own - she is a dark witch who is convinced of the All-Seeing Eye; a mysterious, mythical treasure that she believed will make her even more powerful. As Warren makes it his mission to stop her from ever finding the All-Seeing Eye he finds unlikely friendships blooming and an even more unlikely end to the chase. This is a great mystery, extremely well-written and illustrated. I definitely recommend it!
                      • taniadelrio
                        taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm
                        I'm glad you enjoyed it, borntoswim! Thanks for reviewing! :)
                      • lsf1
                        lsf1Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm33 stars
                        When I first started this book, I didn't have high expectations. But I was entertained and intrigued throughout for the most part. It was nice to see a character who is unlucky, yet very optimistic. Warren the 13th, an orphan who is the bellhop at his family hotel, has lately been feeling terrible, which was rare, ever since his Aunt Anaconda took over the hotel. Soon, Warren realizes that his Aunt, and the hotel, isn't as it seems. He sets out to find a myserious treasure before Anaconda or the faculty does if he wants to save the family and hotel. If you like the sound of this story, entertaining illustrations, and are around the middle school age, this book is for you.
                        • taniadelrio
                          taniadelrioMonday, November 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm
                          Thanks for the review, lsf1! :)