Review // The Girl with the Red Balloon


  • The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
  • format: eARC
  • source: netgalley
  • pages: 256
  • genre: historical fiction
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  • goodreads
  • stars: 4/5


When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time trave34448522.jpgl is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.


This book was better than okay, but not the best. The plot was highkey confusing for most of the book. I probably would have not read this as quickly if I didn’t need to review it tbh. The worldbuilding was quality and I love the combo of magic and math. The side characters honestly felt underdeveloped and I think I didn’t understand the book that well because I mixed them up a lot. The pacing was okay, but the ending was really confusing and felt empty and rushed.

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