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A nice read.
on 8 August 2008
Firstly, it has to be said that this has the most beautiful and eye-catching, not to say the most striking artwork for its cover I have ever seen. (by Kinuko Y. Craft ) This should push hundreds of copies if nothing else!
An eccentric - not to say 'zany' novel in places, set in an undefined era about several girls with vague personalities who live in an old castle in Transylvania who discover a secret portal to another enchanting, but frightening world.
The author wastes no time in getting the reader into the excitement with the first 'full moon' expedition, as the girls enter that other world. Though this novel is listed for 'young adults' (never quite sure what that category means...) it is both too dark for perhaps the younger child, but yet too childish in places for those that are older - especially the bit about the frog which I found rather irritating that I felt spoilt the whole thing somewhat... At first I did not see the purpose of this amphibian character - except perhaps to add a touch of 'fairytale' to the story that would appeal to younger children, but as the story unfolds, it does come out that the frog does bear some significance to the tale and plot.
All in all a nice read that did keep you interested enough to want to continue to the end, but the beautiful and most delightful artwork for the cover does suggest something just a little more enchanting and excitingly magical with characters that had a bit more definition and substance to them.