**spoiler alert** I didn't really enjoy this book. Cornelia Funke wrote a series that I really enjoyed, Inkheart and I thought I would give this a try...more**spoiler alert** I didn't really enjoy this book. Cornelia Funke wrote a series that I really enjoyed, Inkheart and I thought I would give this a try. The book jacket was intriguing, and the illustrations are beautiful. What I liked was how she weaved in Fairy Tales and made a world out of that. The plot is about a boy, Jacob Reckless, who disappears into a world through his fathers mirror. His brother follows him once, and is attacked, turning him into a Goyl, one of the most ruthless creatures out there. Jacob then goes on a race against time to save his brother along with clara, his brothers girl friend.
The story launched straight into the middle, after Will, the brother is slowly being turned into a Goyl. There are little details on the attack, Which might have been a high point.
Clara and Jacob seem to have some attraction, especially after they kiss under the effect of Larks water, which might not be morally right. Jacob goes to the red fairy and the witch, kind of seeking favors and ends up spending the night, as suggested. Strange. So it is not exactly suitable for younger readers.
My favourite character would be Fox, who seems to be infatuated by Jacob, and is ever so loyal. Yet she is also bitter to the world, and she makes the idea of being a carefree vixen rather appealing. ("Does it make the world easier to understand?" "foxes dont try to understand it")
A good point would be that it is rather original, and has little clicheness. The characters aren't weak or anything, but the relationship between Will and Clara seems to be hanging on a thread, with little affection. Again, the kiss with his older brother doesn't help matters, and the only thing that makes the reader believe that they love each other is the kiss that broke the sleeping spell over Will.
It wasn't very bad and it was actually interesting, with its own good points and hey, what isn't right for me might be what is right for you, so don't let me put you off. I also thought the ending was pretty ingenious, though She did not tie up some loose ends
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I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Jane as a character is really fantastic, and I actually see a lot of myself in her, at some points, an...moreI liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Jane as a character is really fantastic, and I actually see a lot of myself in her, at some points, and I appreciate her development to become a person who has such a high level of maturity. I enjoyed all the elements of suspense and romance in the book and it really was captivating. (less)