Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments in this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball | Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords | Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief | Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday

Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures was written by Laura Ellen Anderson and first published in 2019. It is a middle-grade fantasy story about the adventures of a young vampire and her monstrous friends. The novel forms the fifth instalment of the Amelia Fang series, following Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball (2017), Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords (2018), Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief (2018) and Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday (2019). Because of this, I would recommend reading the books in sequence to fully appreciate them.

Amelia, Florence, Grimaldi, Tangine and Squashy have been invited to stay in the Ancient Yeti Pits to celebrate the 350th birthday of Florence’s Grand-Yeti. It’s not long before the party is in full swing, with plenty of dancing, presents and bumping bums. However, due to the excitement, Amelia is struggling to find time to break some bad news to Florence. The Pumpkineers’ Club is also having a party, and so Amelia will have to leave early if she wants to go.

Yet, it’s not long before strange things start happening in the Yeti pits. First, someone uses all of Tangine’s Everyking Sparkles cream. Then, the precious treasures belonging to the Yeti’s also start to vanish. Worse still, something goes wrong within the pits and the homes of the Yetis all begin to collapse.

If the mountain is declared unsafe, Amelia knows that it will mean that Florence and her family will potentially need to move away. Due to this, it’s up to the group to solve the mystery of just what is happening in the mountain and ensure that it can’t happen again. Yet, with the mountain falling apart around them, Amelia knows that they need to be fast and careful. One wrong step could mean that they are trapped underground forever… 

We are five books into this series now and I still thoroughly look forward to their release dates. This is actually something pretty rare and special as, with most long running series, the quality does tend to dip after a while. Yet, there is still just something wonderfully endearing about Amelia and her adventures. The stories just manage to create the perfect balance. While the cast of vampires, monsters and spirits could be creepy, and the stories contain some disgusting things (such as pickled eyeballs and spider-leg sponge cake), the books are always wholesome and completely appropriate for middle grade readers. They contain wonderfully positive messages, upbeat plots and loveable characters. Really, who could ask for more?

Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures focuses on Florence’s extended family and is set in a retirement home (or cavernous mountain) for elderly Yetis. This includes “rare breeds” like Florence, which did come as bit of surprise to me as I always thought that Florence’s insistence on the fact that she was a yeti (and, specifically, not a beast) was a hint that she wasn’t actually a yeti. The fact that she genuinely is was a bit of a surprise!

The story this time is perhaps a little slow to start due to the fact that early chapters are given over to detailing the fun Yeti traditions, but it’s not long before the new mystery rears its head. This was really something that was lacking in Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday, and the stories are certainly a little more focused when Amelia and her friends are given something to investigate. Once Amelia and the gang realise that something is systematically stealing from the Yetis, a new adventure is quickly born!

The plot of Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures eventually builds up to an exciting adventure, putting Amelia and the gang into a time-sensitive situation in which they must find the guilty party before the entire mountain collapses on top of them, which certainly made it a lot more exciting than the previous instalment. Yet, at the same time, the novel also contained a lovely message about the importance of friendship.

The moral this time around was the kids should not be worried about making new friends, or having different groups of friends who share different interests. Just because people may change and make new friends as they grow up, it does not mean that they won’t stay close to their old ones. This message was presented in a heart-warming way, and I especially liked the scene in which a worried Amelia had a very sweet heart-to-heart on this subject with Florence’s Grand-Yeti.

The novel was, as always, also filled with wonderful illustrations on every page. These really capture the personalities of the characters and are sure to delight any young reader, often being very cute, sparkly and even a little cheeky. As with the previous instalments, the paperback is also beautiful with brightly coloured page edges and gilt points on the cover and spine. This means that it looks fantastic on the shelf and so it’s well worth buying a physical copy.

Yet the thing that I love the most about the Amelia Fang series is still, as always, the characters, Amelia and her gang are still all brilliantly colourful and are best of friends despite having very different personalities. While Amelia always takes the lead in the adventures, her courage and gentle personality is complemented by clean and proper Tangine, boisterous Florence and introverted Grimaldi. Even their mascot – Squashy the Pumpkin – is utterly charming and has a lot of character despite communicating purely in squeaks. This wonderfully diverse little group clearly shows that people can still be the best of friends, even if they have very different temperaments.

I don’t really have much more to say about this one. Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures is another fantastic instalment of this series and is certainly one that I would recommend to all pre-teen readers. I really can’t wait to find out where Amelia’s adventures will take her next.

Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures can be purchased as a Paperback, eBook and Audio Book on Amazon.co.uk

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