The Candy Shop War

  • by Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by Emily Janice Card
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies. In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own.
But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? Why are all these "magicians" trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who should they trust? The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four youngsters discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure - one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins....


What the Critics Say

"Brandon Mull... dishes up a crowd-pleaser as delicious as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents

What made the experience of listening to The Candy Shop War the most enjoyable?

The action was quick, engaging, and clear, and the narrator did a very good job. Easy to follow the story and to connect to the characters right away which is good for a younger audience.

Any additional comments?

This was a fun listen for everyone in the family minivan - myself and my 11, 8, and 6 year old kids. Good for both girls or boys, with enough magic (and candy!) to fuel the imagination without getting nonsensical as some stories with magic tend to do. Not a five star classic along the lines of Harry Potter, but a thoroughly enjoyable book and narration.

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- D.R.

Okay, but my least favorite Brandon Mull book

I am a big Brandon Mull fan; I loved his Fablehaven series, am enjoying his five Kingdoms series, but wasn’t a huge fan of his Beyonders series. I was eager to finally read The Candy Shop Wars which I have had on my shelf for awhile. The book ended up being a bit disappointing; I had some trouble engaging in the story and the characters.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent. The narrator was fine and easy to listen to.

Nate has just moved to a new town with his parents and is well on his way to making friends with some of the neighbor kids: Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon. Then a new candy shop opens up in town called Sweet Tooth. The owner of the new candy shop, Belinda White, is a sweet matronly woman who asks the foursome to run a couple errands for her. If they complete the errands she says that she will give them some very special magical candy. However as the errands get more and more sinister, and the magical candy less and less benign, this foursome begins to wonder if they are working with the right side.

This book starts out with a really well done prologue about a man named Jack who can’t hurt people lest that hurt be revisited on him. The prologue doesn’t really match with the rest of the story all that well, but it did hook me right away.

The rest of the story was less exciting. Magical candy seems like a really really cool idea...and it kind of is. I was a bit disappointed in the variety and function of the magical candy and also a little disappointed in how quickly a wondrous item turned into a weapon.

None of the characters really stand out all that much. Our four heroes are pretty stereotypical. Nate is the fearless leader and is rash and mouthy. Summer is the logical one that makes everyone stop and think and plan. Trevor is your basic sidekick variety and Pigeon is the super geeky brainy one. None of them really intrigued me or grabbed me. I guess I did enjoy the other magician in the book, Mr. Stott he is a kindly ice cream truck driver. I also really enjoyed the character of Jack who was introduced in the prologue and wished he had been in the story more.

The plot itself is okay but pretty predictable. I could have told you Ms. White was up to no good right away, but it takes these kids half the book to figure it out. Things get a little mind bending when time travel starts being involved. The magic and how magicians come to be was never explained very well, nor was any explanation given for how they fit into the bigger picture. So, world building was a bit weak as well.

Overall an okay book but felt a bit bland to me considering what it could have been. I love the idea of magical candy and magicians, but had trouble engaging with the characters and the plot was just too predictable. I kind of felt like the story in general was a bit boring. This was an okay read but I would definitely recommend Mull’s other series more than this one. His Fablehaven series is my absolutely favorite.
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- Karissa Eckert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2013
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain