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A story with no peaks and troughs, it just coasts along the middle somewhere.,
This review is from: Riding Icarus (Paperback)
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A nice story all about Marsha who lives in a trolleybus called Icarus, who one night decides to take her to far off lands, an enchanted place where fairytale and certain corporeal worlds collide. Marsha has a wish to make for her and her mother's safety awaiting the time she can escape forever the forceful hand of her evil Uncle. Is there a happy ever after? Yes, of course if only Marsha would make the right wish, but does she?
I think it is a delightful story for the age group required. The problem is the premise of the book does not live up to the imaginative story outline. You expect so much from the author who has taken quite a time to come up with an artistic promise. However, she barely gets off the mark and leaves little to feed the imagination of a child, sometimes in the book you read it with the clear understanding that a child would have difficulty associating with the metaphors and detail you wish the child to believe in as fact.
It is a story, however imaginative it seems, that has trouble getting off the same level. It just skims along. It never takes the imagination up or down, there is little to get excited about. However, it is a book with the feel good factor, and if your 9 year old can take the pace, they might emerge from the after end of this book with an enchanted smile. The ending chapter works well and does have a little surprise. If only you could feel that through the entire book, it would have been a whole lot more enjoyable. It is not a bad book. It is a book worth reading, if only for the final instalment of the story. It just needs a bit more adventurism.