The planets aligned and conspired to get me to read this one. First, Joey’s review on Bookworm impressed me enough to put it on my “to-read” list. But, the exact same day (see what I mean about planets aligning?) my daughter brought it home from the library. She never got to read it.
I absolutely loved this book. I had read Cornelia Funke’s first book, Thief Lord, and wasn’t all that impressed. It was good, but it just didn’t captivate me. So, while I was aware of Inkheart (and her most recent one Dragon Rider) I just wasn’t impressed enough to pick either one up. So, thanks Joey.
First and foremost, this is a book-lovers book. I think that’s what I enjoyed most about it. I loved the way the characters loved books. I loved the fact that there were little quotes at the beginning of each chapter from books that I’ve (mostly) read. (Though my husband spoiled this one for me — to a certain extent — by mentioning that Stephen King did that too. Ugh.) I loved that the whole premise of the book is that characters could be brought into this world from books. (There’s a great little bit near the end about Tinker Bell…) Probably, if I really thought about it, I would find plot holes and loose ends, and if I really wanted to be a spoil-sport, would complain that then ending was messy. But I didn’t care. This book had me captivated from the first page, and I couldn’t wait to pick it up again after I’ve put it down. If my daughter didn’t have to return it, I would have started it again right after finishing. And I never do that.