Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest installment of our monthly feature
where we review Children’s books.
By Lauren Oliver
Illustrations by Kei Acedera
Amazon / B&N / Indiebound / Goodreads
307 pages (Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook)
Published October 4th 2011 by HarperCollins
Audiobook borrowed from library
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice,until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.
Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.
Being a fan of Lauren Oliver’s early YA novels (I ADORED Before I Fall), I had high expectations for what promised a grand Middle Grade book. Sadly, this one fell a little short of my hopes.
This book has so many wonderful things going for it: adorable, engaging main characters, suitably scary, yet not overbearingly so, villains, and a story line that leads them all on a journey of growth. And yet, while I liked all the parts individually, on the whole I just didn’t connect. Perhaps it was the fact that I listened to the audio and didn’t read the physical book, which I’ve read in other reviews is beautifully illustrated, still while I was happy for the characters, I never truly feared for them, one way or another.
I think, however, the story, particularly the physical version, will resonate with younger readers, early middle grades in particular, for whom this will be just the right amount of drama before heading off to bed.