I had planned to feature SAMANTHA SUTTON AND THE LABYRINTH OF LIES but some logistic hiccups made it so I didn’t get the review copy in time. So I apologize for that, and hope you will still enjoy today’s feature. One of my favorites this year.
From Goodreads: Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice,until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.
Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.
Why I recommend it: First of, the voice in which the author told the story sent me straight back to my younger days when I would sit by some friends and listen to them tell a story. It’s in how they impersonate each character so well that you would think you’ve known them for a very long time. You will feel their pain and joy, you will even understand why they were cruel if they happened to be. That’s how I felt when I read this book.
Most of the time it’s a bit jarring when authors switch POVs in a book but this one was done well. At times you even get the narrator’s opinion as the story moves along.
Now the characters. Liesl candor and naivety is refreshing. Po was a lot sharper. He could tell when people aren’t lying or can’t be trusted. They made a perfect pair. Will was puzzling. He started out looking a bit too simple but he gave me some nice surprises along the way. The villains in the book vaguely reminded me of the bad guys in Oliver Twist. And the way they learned their “lessons” at the end was priceless. ;) (I doubt they got it though)
This wasn’t a creepy story at all but it was certainly a bit dark and gloom and very sad at times. When you’re done reading Liesl and Po you will wonder about how much in life is pure coincidence or fate and how much isn’t. I loved it.