The Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond

The Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy

Three kids. A hotel full of monsters. And a stolen magical artifact that could disrupt the balance between the humans and the supernatural. Welcome to life at Hotel Monster! Stephen’s dad decided to move them across the country to New York City, where his dad is taking over as head chef in an exclusive hotel. A hotel that has the most elite of clientele: monsters! Surprise...

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The Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy Reviews

  • Samantha
    Mar 06, 2017

    When Stephen’s grandmother dies, his dad decides to move them to New York City to The New Harmonia hotel, where his grandmother worked as the chef. Stephen was used to hearing about his grandmother’s interesting clientele, but when he arrives, he discovers they’re more interesting than he knew; they’re monsters (or supernormals)! Stephen is actually half-supernormal himself on his mother’s side, who left him and his father. Stephen’s family is on thin ice at the hotel, and when a magical artifac

    When Stephen’s grandmother dies, his dad decides to move them to New York City to The New Harmonia hotel, where his grandmother worked as the chef. Stephen was used to hearing about his grandmother’s interesting clientele, but when he arrives, he discovers they’re more interesting than he knew; they’re monsters (or supernormals)! Stephen is actually half-supernormal himself on his mother’s side, who left him and his father. Stephen’s family is on thin ice at the hotel, and when a magical artifact is stolen with Stephen as the suspected culprit, it’s up to him and his new friends to get it back and save the hotel.

    After loving Bond’s LOIS LANE YA series, I was thrilled to dive into her debut MG novel, written with fellow writer, Christopher Rowe. The two prove a fantastic team in this hilarious, warm, and exciting adventure. Stephen is a highly relatable protagonist for anyone who has ever gone through several changes at once. He is grieving over his beloved grandmother, uncertain about his new living situation, and shocked at the new revelations about his family. Before he can get a handle on any of that, he’s accused of theft, and his own father isn’t sure if he should believe him. However, what I love about this story is the excellent way Stephen and his friends have a private, outside-of-parental-figures world but also have family members who genuinely care for them, even though they sometimes make mistakes. THE LOST LEGACY captures the nuances of family, both biological and chosen, while providing hilarious comic relief throughout.

    The secondary characters are as fun as Stephen is, particularly a certain dragon who loves art. Sofia and Ivan are already friends when Stephen meets them, and Bond and Rowe do a fabulous job of the slow progression of the three forming a new friend group. The trios teamwork will have you smiling and rooting for them, not to mention eager for their next adventures.

    With a fitting comparison to Hotel Transylvania, THE SUPERNORMAL SLEUTHING SERVICE: THE LOST LEGACY is a delightful tale of monsters, magic, and the meaning of family and friends.

    Originally posted at YABC:

  • Terryann
    Mar 10, 2017

    Gr - 4-6

    First in a new series, this is a fun, character driven, supernatural mystery. When Stephen’s beloved grandmother, Chef Nana dies, his dad suddenly uproots them to move from Chicago to NYC to take over his mother’s job as head chef at the New Harmonio, an exclusive hotel for...monsters? Stephen learns in quick succession that Supernaturals are real, his mother is a missing Fae princess and that her family wants to manipulate him to gain power. Stephen teams up with the other hotel childre

    Gr - 4-6

    First in a new series, this is a fun, character driven, supernatural mystery. When Stephen’s beloved grandmother, Chef Nana dies, his dad suddenly uproots them to move from Chicago to NYC to take over his mother’s job as head chef at the New Harmonio, an exclusive hotel for...monsters? Stephen learns in quick succession that Supernaturals are real, his mother is a missing Fae princess and that her family wants to manipulate him to gain power. Stephen teams up with the other hotel children, Sophia the warrior and Ivan the detective as well as a Bigfoot, a Dragon and a talking elevator in a race against time to save his family from certain doom. Character development in the book is quite satisfying, as the children move from being whiny and distrustful to being brave and resourceful. The authors artfully meld the supernatural with the modern world in the story, for example, the children use their cell phone ringers to scare a ghoul. Black and white, cartoon, line drawings by Glenn Thomas set just the right mood for the quirky setting and characterization.VERDICT: The story is fast paced and full of action, eccentric characters and fun problem resolution. A solid purchase for any sized budget. -Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ

  • Heather Pearson
    May 09, 2017

    A wonderfully creative story that is sure to catch the imagination of any young reader. With a pinch of magic, a dash of insecurity and a heavy serving of whimsy, authors Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe have created a hotel in the heart of New York city at which most children would love to stay.

    Stephen's first visit to The New Harmonia Hotel is on the day of his dear grandmother's funeral. That is the same day that he learns that there are indeed monsters, or supernormals as they prefer, in t

    A wonderfully creative story that is sure to catch the imagination of any young reader. With a pinch of magic, a dash of insecurity and a heavy serving of whimsy, authors Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe have created a hotel in the heart of New York city at which most children would love to stay.

    Stephen's first visit to The New Harmonia Hotel is on the day of his dear grandmother's funeral. That is the same day that he learns that there are indeed monsters, or supernormals as they prefer, in this world and that is is one of them.

    I loved this book. It is funny and then suspenseful in the next moment. With all the different creatures in the hotel, Stephen must quickly learn to be sensitive to their different appearances and manners so as not to offend. At the same time, he is grieving the lose of his grandmother, moving to a new state and learning huge secrets about himself. Wow.

    The story is brimming with amazing characters, two of my favourites being Cindermass and the elevator. Nope, not going to tell about that one other than to say that Stephen shows the strength of his character by his treatment of elevator.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this book to your middle schoolchild. This is the first of a new series.

    #IndigoEmployee

  • Lena
    Jun 14, 2017

    TOTALLY LOVED THIS. SO MUCH FUN OH MY GOD. I can't wait to read later installments in the series. I wish this book had been around when I was the actual "middle grade" age!

    Stephen was such a courageous sweetie and I LOVE that his main talent is art, Sofia is the kind of girl that "middle grade" me would've wanted to be best friends with, and Ivan is an earnest detective boy who reminded me a lot of Angus McDonald from the podcast "The Adventure Zone," which obviously endeared him to me immensel

    TOTALLY LOVED THIS. SO MUCH FUN OH MY GOD. I can't wait to read later installments in the series. I wish this book had been around when I was the actual "middle grade" age!

    Stephen was such a courageous sweetie and I LOVE that his main talent is art, Sofia is the kind of girl that "middle grade" me would've wanted to be best friends with, and Ivan is an earnest detective boy who reminded me a lot of Angus McDonald from the podcast "The Adventure Zone," which obviously endeared him to me immensely.

    If you're in the Business of Books in some way, definitely recommend this book to "middle grade" readers and stock it on your shelves! So lovely.

  • Maya
    May 04, 2017

    All Ages Fun.

    My kids are in High School so I haven't picked up a mid grade level book in a while. I loved the authors previous work and I am a comic book and paranormal fan so this book grabbed my interest.

    This is, as my headline says, all ages fun..I really enjoyed it. I think it is a gift to write for children yet also engage the adult readers ( be it parents, teachers, librarians, etc). This book is one of those which perform this task extremely well.

    This is a story about a 8 year old boy na

    All Ages Fun.

    My kids are in High School so I haven't picked up a mid grade level book in a while. I loved the authors previous work and I am a comic book and paranormal fan so this book grabbed my interest.

    This is, as my headline says, all ages fun..I really enjoyed it. I think it is a gift to write for children yet also engage the adult readers ( be it parents, teachers, librarians, etc). This book is one of those which perform this task extremely well.

    This is a story about a 8 year old boy named Stephen whose life is turned upside down when his Grandmother dies. He and his dad go to her funeral and there Stephen makes a startling discovery. His dad hasn't been telling him everything about his heritage. It turns out Chef Nana is a chef for Supernormals at a hotel. His dad was exiled for a while but now returns to the fold to take Chef Nana's place.

    Stephen isn't thrilled to learn everything he thought he knew wasn't the case. He is uprooted from Chicago to New York City to live in The New Harmonia Hotel. The reader goes on a journey with him as he meets his friends Sofia and Ivan and solves a mystery of a stolen artifact that he is suspected of taking. The friendships are allowed to build as the story progresses which is a really nice touch.

    There are a lot of fun characters that we meet on the way. One of my favorites is the Elevator.

    This is a fun book to read with the children in your life. Or just by yourself and feel like a kid again, which is what I did. Although my teenagers were intrigued enough by the premise and plan to read it for themselves.

    I strongly recommend this book which is the first in a series. I'm looking forward to more adventures from Bond & Rowe.

  • Mehsi
    May 09, 2017

    This book was amazing, not only the story, the characters, but also because it brought me out of a reading slump! I have been in one for 10 days, I did read during that time, but most of the books I read were miss. And I am not even talking about the amount of books I tried reading during that time.

    The premise alone sounded perfection, but in the end it turned out to be so much more. The hotel is wonderfully described, I could just imagine myself there. Walking through the halls that can be cha

    This book was amazing, not only the story, the characters, but also because it brought me out of a reading slump! I have been in one for 10 days, I did read during that time, but most of the books I read were miss. And I am not even talking about the amount of books I tried reading during that time.

    The premise alone sounded perfection, but in the end it turned out to be so much more. The hotel is wonderfully described, I could just imagine myself there. Walking through the halls that can be changed at a whim (or in most cases, on the demand of a guest), talking to the elevator (who was a bit annoying at the beginning, but he turned out to be a wonderful, sweet, kind friend for life), seeing all the different supernormal guests. There is no end to what you may encounter in the hotel. Mermaids, ghouls (God, if I saw that guy I would have an heart attack, Silent Hill much?), vampires, fae, and much much more. Anything imaginable can be found here.

    I loved how our MC went from normal to something more in not quite fast, but how it all felt naturally and normally. Or rather, the progress, the turning was fast, but then it just slowed down and we gradually find out more and more about the hotel, about the owners, about our MC's legacy and what that means. Also I just loved that our MC himself was a supernormal, or a half/half one at least. It gave certain limitations, and new rules that he also had to follow. Plus it also brought new things in the mix. Like his ears. Or talents. Or how being a halfsupernormal works.

    The MC was a pretty decent kid. I have to say it took me a bit to like him. I found him at times a bit harsh, and at other times a bit too much of a rule breaker (yes, we do find out why he is having a hard time with rules, but really, you would think he would at least try a bit harder). But his harshness softened, and also I could understand why he was so angry. I would be angry too if I would find out that everything my grandmother told me was the truth, and that my dad hid a WHOLE LOT of details from my life. Including a very big secret about my mom.

    We see them tip toe and try to regain some semblance of father and son bond throughout the book. It isn't an easy progress, and only made worse at times when his father doesn't believe and trust him.

    Stephen is a brave kid though, I loved how he kept going, even though it was very dangerous at times. He stood his ground, he didn't waver, and that takes guts. A lot of other people would have run if they saw a vampire for the first time, or well, even any supernormal.

    I did worry about his confidence, at times I just wanted to shake him to tell him that people really did care about him, that his dad still loved him, that his new friends are really his friends and that they will not just drop him.

    Ivan and Sofia? It took me a long long time to get used to both of them. In the end I can say that I really like them, and they are kind, sweet, and true friends, but it took me some time to establish this. Quite often I wasn't sure about their friendship and feelings.

    I loved how they complemented each other, and also Stephen. Sofia is kick-ass and will probably defeat you in any match, whereas Ivan is more logical, brainy. And then there is Stephen who is brave and creative. They make a great team.

    There is a lot of sleuthing, and I was also looking back and forth to see if I could see what happened to the book. I knew quite soon who took it, and also the why, but it was still a delight to read and see the characters figure it out.

    You could definitely see a rift between the adults and the children. The adults were all eager to do it diplomatically, even if that meant it took ages. Whereas the kids just wanted to solve the mystery and have everything fixed before the day ended.

    I loved the idea of a cooking book (and a cook) for supernormals. The recipes seem intriguing (we get to see a few of them), and I can just imagine the taste is supernatural/out of this world.

    It was also interesting to see that the supernormals didn't like normal food.

    Then there was a moment near the end that just brought tears to my eyes. I was just nodding my head and squeeing in happiness.

    I was a bit pissed at the way that people treated Stephen. When he was accused, but also later, his half fae-ness is being treated as if it is bad, and I was angry. Very angry. This is a kid, he just found out about him being a fae, and instead of you all helping him transition and ease into this new life, you call him names, tell him he lies, and so much more.

    There was just one big thing I didn't like, well... sure, I liked them in a way, but they didn't match my image of the characters, and that was the illustrations. Yes, they were really pretty and I loved the attention of details, but I was stunned when I saw the characters for the first time. They were totally different from what I read in the descriptions, and how I imagined them to be. With the introduction of the dad I was just looking around for another character, but instead it had to be that person...

    This is quite a rare occurrence, often I totally agree with the illustrator's view of the characters, the world. So that was quite jarring as there were quite a few illustrations featuring the characters throughout the book.

    I am sure that I could go on and on about the book, but I will keep it at what I have said here. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It is magical, fun, has a great cast of characters, and I wish I could visit the hotel myself. Go through the portals. Visit different worlds.

    I hope the next book will come out soon, I need more of this series!

    Review first posted at

  • Teresa Edmunds
    Jun 06, 2017

    Stephen is living a pretty normal life in Chicago with his dad. All of that changes when his grandmother, Nana, dies and Stephen has to move to New York so his dad can take over Nana's job at Hotel New Harmonia. New Harmonia is unlike any hotel Stephen has ever seen. The guests are strange. They range from vampires to dragons! The employees are strange. A girl can turn invisible and the elevator can speak! Stephen is barely starting to adjust to his new life when he is accused of a horrible crim

    Stephen is living a pretty normal life in Chicago with his dad. All of that changes when his grandmother, Nana, dies and Stephen has to move to New York so his dad can take over Nana's job at Hotel New Harmonia. New Harmonia is unlike any hotel Stephen has ever seen. The guests are strange. They range from vampires to dragons! The employees are strange. A girl can turn invisible and the elevator can speak! Stephen is barely starting to adjust to his new life when he is accused of a horrible crime. With the help of two new friends, Ivan and Sophia, Stephen sets off to find the real criminal. Together they elude zombies, outwit wicked fae, and most importantly, Stephen learns who he truly is. A nice start to what could be a fun new series.

  • Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
    Jun 20, 2017

    The story starts out at Stephen's grandmother funeral. Stephen is in for a big surprise on the day they burried his grandmother because he soon realizes that all the stories she told him about her job as a cook for monsters at the Harmonia Hotel was real. Things happen really quickly as his father is knighted as head cook and takes over for his mother. After his father makes a herbal potion and puts it on Stephen it's then that he can see that most of the people around him were actual monsters. 

    The story starts out at Stephen's grandmother funeral. Stephen is in for a big surprise on the day they burried his grandmother because he soon realizes that all the stories she told him about her job as a cook for monsters at the Harmonia Hotel was real. Things happen really quickly as his father is knighted as head cook and takes over for his mother. After his father makes a herbal potion and puts it on Stephen it's then that he can see that most of the people around him were actual monsters. 

    He has a lot to take in as he finds out his father had been exiled and his mother who was a fairy put herself in exile because of everything that happened. What happens you wonder, well you will have to read and find out. :) Anyway so then Stephen finds out he is half fairy and is worried about it but quickly makes friends with a couple of kids whose parents are also part of the hotel. 

    Not long after being there Stephen is accused of throwing the great cookbook (can't remember it's name) into a gateway. Without that cookbook his father can't cook for the monsters and things turn disastrous real fast, especially since a big birthday party is coming up.

    Someone wants his father to fail and he is determined to find the cookbook and with the help of his friends he gets in a spot of trouble a time or two as he learns there are lots of rules when it comes to human/monster relations. 

    This was such a fun book and I really liked Stephen, Sophia and Ivan. Ivan is the son of the detective clan and has all sorts of fun gadgets and bottles of things. Sophia's mom is in charge of diplomacy so she knows the rules more than anyone and how things work even if it doesn't go as she plans. Stephen is still learning the ropes and coming to terms with being part fairy and how even though he is different he isn't any different than he was before he is still Stephen, his fathers son and loved. 

    I am a huge fan of Gwenda Bond after reading her Lois Lane series and so when I seen her name attached to this I knew I needed it and I wasn't disappointed. I can't wait to see what kind of trouble the kids will get into next!

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