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The Forgotten Book Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"The lore of the two families and . . . descriptions of Stormsay and the library are meticulous and moody, creating a gothic atmosphere that serves this star-crossed love story well." ―Publishers Weekly
"A cool gothic Scottish setting, lots of literary references to please book-ish readers, and a snarky, accessible protagonist who navigates it all with bemused flair―this novel is a well-balanced treat." ―The Bulletin
About the Author
Mechthild Gläser is an award-winning author in her native Germany. The Book Jumper was her first book to be translated into English.
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An overused sort of line that I found unnecessarily repetitive was how, in the first few chapters, Emma was saying that her world was going to change the next day or how little did she know that everything was about to change. Those lines, with little to no difference between them, cropped up several times in the beginning of the book and it was an annoyance to hear them repeated so often and in such close proximity to the previous one.
One thing I want to point out is that there are scenes of teenagers drinking, the main character to the point of drunkenness in one, and if you miss anything, do not forget that this book takes place in Germany and was originally written in German. The legal drinking age in Germany, as far as beer and wine goes, is 16. I admit that I forgot about the setting and was surprised by this, but a quick search revealed it's not the same as in the U.S. (my home country).
I've never finished an Austen novel, but from what I have read, I have to say I could see similarities in the writing style then and in Glaser's here with The Forgotten Book, such as the social commentary and the heroine observing everything and everyone about her. Imitating a similar style and elements from some of Austen's books, there was still a lot of her own voice within the book, from the events that Emma participated in and instigated, as well as the modern air that translates well in this current reading experience.
While there were some pacing issues, I was able to get round those rather quickly and settle down to enjoy the story. I'd recommend this book not only to fans of Glaser's The Book Jumper, but of classic Austen novels as well, plus anyone that loves a good fantasy adventure.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Then someone trashes the abandoned library Emma and her friends have taken as “theirs,” and Emma finds an old book hidden there. The book is filled with pages written by many different people over the years. A diary of sorts, Emma thinks, and she starts writing in it as well.
When the things Emma writes in the book come true—sort of—Emma realizes there’s more to the book than she thought. But someone else knows of the book’s power, and will stop at nothing to take it from Emma. Emma must unravel the mysteries hidden in the book—and the school—if she’s to figure out what the book is—and who’s after it.
The Forgotten Book is labeled as YA, but that seems a tiny bit too old for this book, to me. Or maybe Emma’s led such a sheltered life that she seems younger. And, considering this is a boarding school, there is surprising little conflict or animosity between a group of students who all live together. Everyone gets along. That was the most far-fetched part of this book for me. Not the magic book.
I enjoyed the mystery, as Emma tries to figure out the secrets of the book, as well as the mysterious creature mentioned in the book. The school sounds like a fantastical place to live, or at least to visit. Emma is an interesting character: she’s very innocent and oblivious to some things, but she’s inquisitive enough to make up for her naivety.
(Galley provided by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
I thought this was an interesting book - it was like Pride and Prejudice, Inkheart, and European legends all rolled into one book. It did seem more like a middle grade novel than YA at times, but it still interested me enough that I hurried through to find out how it ended. I didn't care for the profanity or alcohol use, but other than that it was a unique story.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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