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The Forgotten Book Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"A satisfying and engrossing outing, this German import will leavereaders thinking long after they’ve turned the final pages." ―The Bulletin
"This is a satisfying blend of gothic mystery, supernatural intrigue, and boarding-school drama, sure to thrill readers who believe that books hold the best magic." ―Booklist
"Mystery, magic, and danger jostle together in this romantic fantasy with its well-described gothic setting of monastic ruins and secret passages." ―VOYA
"A clever book with winks at Jane Austen novels, this boarding school story will also delight fantasy fans." ―School Library Journal
The Book Jumper:
"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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This whole story fell flat, even though the actual storyline sounded very interesting. The characters were all very contrived and unconvincing. It felt like they were playing a part in a play and all they did was memorize the lines that they would recite automatically. The "ball" scene with Darcy, the "rain" scene where he declares his love for her, the best friend falling in love with her closest friend and then suddenly backing off, all of it just made me cringe so much, because it was done in an amateurish and disbelieving way.
The story with the book that changes events and the different creatures (fairies, fauns etc.) was just...weird. I did stick with it because I wanted to see how it ends and I was definitely curious about the disappearance of Darcy's sister, but honestly...in a few weeks, I probably won't remember much of this book. It will be forgotten, just like the book this whole story revolves around.
Shame. I went into it with very high expectations.
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.
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