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A Magical Read,
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This review is from: The Grimm Legacy (Kindle Edition)
This book was a lot of fun from beginning to end. Elizabeth gets a job at a lending library which lends out so much more than books--in fact, they primarily lend out objects. Mundane objects like props for plays or dishes for parties. Historical objects like Marie Antoinette's wig. Then there is the Grimm Collection--a secret collection which Elizabeth only hears of after working there a while. The trouble is that a thief has targeted the Grimm collection and its magical items are disappearing--as are some of the lending library pages like Elizabeth.
I previewed this for my ten year old daughter--the characters are in high school and there is a romance B plot. It was so much fun to read I couldn't put it down. When I passed it on to my daughter, she stayed up late many nights, reading while tucked in bed. (Thank goodness this was over spring break. This book led to some sleep deprivation for both of us.)
My favorite part of the book is when Elizabeth gets shrunk and the adventures she has while trying to navigate the big world as a tiny person. (This was one of my daughter's favorite parts too.)
I think that though this has high school students as the main characters it'll primarily appeal to kids 8-12. My one caveat is that the character this age--a younger sister who is 10 or 11 is the least likable character in there in my opinion. My daughter didn't seem to mind. It was really fun to spot the fairy tale references throughout the book (the Grimm collection is a treasure trove of items from fairy tales) and kids interested in fairy tale retellings will love this aspect to the book.
For parents, there isn't any profanity, innuendo, or graphic violence in this book. As I mentioned, there is a romance B plot. There is some kissing and a brief mention of two of their reflections "making out" in a magic mirror. It's all very PG overall and has the same audience appropriate for some of the later Harry Potters.
This was a very fun read that parents will enjoy previewing and kids will read late into the night with a flashlight.