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- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hazel Twigg Partnership; Advance Reading Copy edition (November 25, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018JKRQ6S
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are a few holes in the magic that I don't understand. Without spoiling it all I can say is that sometimes the dolls are not physically where the doll bodies are. It's as if the dolls have a magical presence that lets THEM be one place and their doll bodies be another.
I think I understand how this is supposed to work. I will explain at the end underneath spoiler alert.
I liked this book quite a bit. If it weren't for the abrupt cliff hanger ending and the one hole that I think is supposed to make sense after a certain event but remains unclear, I think I would give this book 5 stars.
The illustrations are wonderful. I bought the Kindle version but am thinking of buying the print version for the illustrations.
I am going to wait awhile to see if a second book comes to fruition before I do that.
The dolls seem to physically remain wherever they were.last carried by their human. Then, when they walk themselves they're apparitions or something.
The first time this happens the doll bodies are in bed while the live versions of the dolls are downstairs helping with breakfast.
The second time the dolls remain at the house while the live versions go on a car ride. Then the magic that is controlled by the pendants as opposed to by sheer childhood, is revealed to be confined to the town of Reliance.
It's at the end of this book that it's revealed that the live dolls are not physical when a non believer/seer walks right through them.
I see how this makes some sense. My problem is that their physical location gets muddled. If the dolls walks herself to a location far from her own body and then the girl needs to pick her up and take her somewhere does the body suddenly disappear from its location and transport to her location? Let's say the girl takes her doll to the yard to play, then she sets the doll by a tree. THEN the two run into the woods to play hide and seek. They end up well away from where the physical doll body is left when the girl is called inside. Can the girl pick up the doll from where she is and go in or does she have to go get her? What if she picks up the doll from there?
It's possibly moot question for children, as the magic is, well, magic. No need for an explanation. But even as a kid, I would have been bothered by this problem.
So, I took one star for that. But I read the book in two sittings so I liked it quite a bit.
"Childhood magic is fleeting. Once you outgrow it it cannot be fully recaptured no matter how much you try or how much you want to believe. Which makes it all the more precious."
I hope I haven't outgrown my childhood magic. But if I had, this book launches me back to that innocent and magical time.
Going along on this adventure with Hazel and Aunt Ruth so reminded me of my childhood--how I played with my dolls, creating a world where we could play together. There is so much adventure in this book, and as this is part 1 in a series, I am sure there will be more adventure to come!
Amazing novel by Ruth Agle! What a talent she has for immersing the reader into the world she has created. Loved every second!