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Best for Ages: 13 - 18
I have to say, I didn’t have high expectations for this book, but I came away very impressed. This wasn’t one of those books that I picked up because of the cool concept, read it, and then wished the author had spent more time developing in. Willis came up with an imaginative concept and developed it to its full potential.
To me the whole book had a Narnia feel to it. The story was very different than any of the Narnia books, but it had about the same level of fantasy, and some of the same allegorical feel without being overly allegorical. Since I liked Narnia, having a Narnian feel was a good thing.
There were a couple of moments that were a bit scary (skeleton people, and the mermaid castle). If you have read all the Narnia books and liked them, you shouldn’t have a problem with anything in this book. Parents might want to read through the book before handing it to their young children or reading it aloud.
The characters were pretty awesome. Posy and Kyran were both well developed and interesting. Posy was the perfect mix of sweet and strong, skeptical and believing. Her emotions were all relatable and well shown. While the romance was a bit heavier and shallower than I normally like, the rest of the story more than made up for it.
While there was a large cast of supporting characters, I was never confused as to who was who. Willis did a great job of cementing in your mind who the characters were in a matter of a few sentences. It is not often that you find a book with so many characters, but makes it easy for you to remember them all.
The ending is bittersweet, but satisfying. While some hope for a sequel to this book, I think the story is completed just as it is. However, if Willis writes a sequel, I will be one of those who pre-orders a copy.
I highly recommend this book for those who like romance, YA fiction, and imaginative fantasy stories.
Either way, The Word Changers is a completely unconventional story that you will fall in love with and not want to let go of :)
I was not disappointed. The concept the author used was fascinating. The characters came to life brilliantly, and I honestly had NO idea where the book was going at all. Which is a good thing, since I've read enough fantasy to be able to guess about 90 percent of the time.
It's the story of a girl who literally falls into a book and is asked to take the place of one of the characters - one who apparently doesn't have a good fate. In this world, time holds still, repeating itself over and over, with all of the characters aware of this. Even if you die, you don't stay dead ... as long as you stay within the Plot.
But outside of the plot, things are different.
I loved the world building in this book, how many layers there was to it. I wanted to go live in this world, and honestly felt I could, it was so well-thought out. The only thing I was left wanting to know was what, exactly, the official "plot" was. I wanted to read the story as it stood originally, but we never did find out exactly what it was.
Since so many people have addressed it, I will mention the romance. Because I had been warned of it ahead of time, I didn't mind it as bad as I might have otherwise. As it was, it felt a bit cliche and rushed. And a bit awkward. Not only was Posy a bit young for it at only fifteen, but she was filling in for the guy's sister. Um, yeah.
But that aside, I loved the book, loved the message it presented. I highly recommend it.
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