This is a supernatural thriller by Ransom Riggs, and I think that it is best if you go into the book without knowing anything about it! Just know that it is absolutely fantastic, and go and read it.
“I had always known the sky was full mysteries – but not until now had I realised how full of them the earth was.”
- Writing quality: 4.5/5
- Pacing: 4.5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Enjoyability: 4.5/5
- Ease of reading: 4.5/5
- Thought-provoking: 3/5
- Merit and originality: 4.5/5
- Overall love: 8.5/15
DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK – SPOILER ALERT!
This book really pleasantly surprised me, it was a fantastic novel. It’s the first YA book I’ve read which has pictures, and though I was sceptical about them at first, they made the book even more enjoyable and engaging.
“We cling to our fairytales until the price for believing them becomes too high.”
It was a creepy book. Not particularly scary as such, but close; which is very impressive in a book. The scenes were so easy to imagine, it made sense when I found out Riggs has degrees in movie making.
“Someone’s got to be the hero.”
The characters were very good, I liked the main character especially, and the peculiar children were intriguing. I am looking forward to reading more about them in the sequel!
“If you must fail, fail spectacularly!”
There was a plot twist which I did not see coming (the identity of the wight), and I loved the idea of the time loops in many different places, spanning almost the entire length of time. It was a very thought out concept, with a good plot and good characters, making each page you turn a mystery!
“Stars, too, were time travellers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take for us to realise that we were alone?”
A splendid book.
Thank you for reading!
– Catriona x