Review: Wells and Wong series by Robin Stevens

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Published by Corgi Books
Source: Library

  1. Let’s do this list style because I haven’t done a review in this style and I (I!) miss it.
  2. So Wells and Wong, huh. It has been a while since I read books one and two but I remember them quite clearly-
  3. This doesn’t happen too often, you know?
  4. There are two other books in the series that I haven’t read but will as soon as I can get my hands on them.
  5. Let’s start with the most important thing about this series. Namely the Sherlock and Watson pair, that is Wells and Wong, that is Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong.
  6. Daisy Wells is a smart kid who knows how to manipulate people into seeing her as she wants to be seen and not as she is. Hazel Wong is even smarter because she knows to observe and read between the lines which allows her to see what others are blind to. Therefore, she, unlike other people, is not fooled or rather manipulated by Daisy Wells.
  7. Which is a good thing because it allows Daisy to make one true friend who likes her for who she is and not for what she is assumed to be.
  8. Which is an important thing. It must be why else am I spending so many words over it?
  9. Anyway, I like Hazel. A lot. Daisy can come off as brash and entitled but Hazel, I empathize with. She is Chinese and surrounded by people who look like each other, like the same things, talk the same way. In this sea of heterogeneity Hazel stands out like the light from a lighthouse in the darkest part of the night. The casual racism is discussed but there is no didactic tone to the discussion. Hazel cannot change the way she looks but she files away her foreignness in little ways that would be indiscernible to others–for example, the language and tone being used, the way the socks are worn, little things like that.
  10. Daisy and Hazel have a stormy relationship because Daisy is mostly convinced she is always right and has all the answers. She doesn’t want to listen to Hazel at all whom she considers too cautious for her taste.
  11. And Hazel is cautious; it is in her nature. But sometimes she can be too cautious.
  12. Which is why Hazel and Daisy are an OTP.
  13. The mysteries in the books are not kiddy stuff like someone’s granny’s lacy gloves went missing during the afternoon tea. No, the mysteries involve dead bodies and sinister teachers. A lot of delicious danger and some cakes and tea too. Of course.
  14. The second one is just as tense and thrilling as the first one.
  15. The books are well thought out and the mysteries are interesting.
  16. The second one is a bit more revealing where Daisy is concerned. Her character starts making sense and I can understand why she is the way she is.
  17. But of course Hazel wins all the cakes.
  18. I love the sense of mischief in the books. The humour interspersed with the heavier feelings gives each novel a nice balance.
  19. Themes of family and friendship keep the book from being fluff while Hazel’s perspective gives the reader a unique perspective on what it means to be a foreign person in a place that though not explicitly racist has a systemic racism in its very core.
  20. Rather relevant.
  21. Either ways, if you’re in the market for girl detectives, Wells and Wong are your duo.
  22. The bookstore/library awaits your attention.