A really bizarre story with lots of strange, surreal elements. There's some fantasy in there, strange powers and magic, but there are also more subtle...moreA really bizarre story with lots of strange, surreal elements. There's some fantasy in there, strange powers and magic, but there are also more subtle strangeness going on with lots of seemingly psychologically induced hallucinations and lots of places where the reader is left wondering what exactly was real and what just happened inside someone's head. It seems mostly focused on teenage readers, and perhaps especially female ones.
I manly borrowed it at the library for the spectacular artwork, and instantly got the feeling that the content wasn't really for me. There are bits about young girls coming of age, something which strengthened my previous judgement. In the end though, there was plenty of weirdness to make me feel it was definitely worth a read. I'd recommend it to anyone to whom this brief review seems interesting, even if you feel, like me, that you may not be in the intended demographic. The only annoying thing about it is that I found out, after finishing it, that this was a follow up to this, which I'm now going to have to go back and look for at the library. Sigh...(less)