One of my aims for my blog in 2016 is to make it more personal and more about me. Yes theres the side of me that loves make up and clothes and that will always be a big part of my personality. But deep down I’m also a huge ‘nerd’ who adores books, art, cheesy emo music and so much more. So today I thought i’d start introducing some book reviews onto my blog. I’m that person loves buying books but doesn’t always have the time to read as many of them as i’d like. But I am trying to get into the habit of less Netflix more reading this year, so watch this space.
‘The Book of Lost Things’ by John Connolly
“High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.”
I can’t remember what initially attracted me to this book, knowing me it was probably the cover. But I picked it up in my local charity shop (my favourite place for bargains) and I’m really glad I did. Initially I didn’t think it was the typical book I’d normally choose to read, however I was pleasantly surprised. I hate to admit it but the majority of my bookshelves consist of a lot of vampire books and YA fiction – mostly because I started series when I was younger and am yet to finish them. But mystical, supernatural types of fiction are right up my alley, and in a way this falls into it.
As a story of a 12 year old boy struggling to deal with the death of his mother and the idea that his father has moved on and started a new family, you’d think the book is full of sadness and hurt. Which in ways it is, however this is overtaken by aspects of imagination and fantasy as the story takes many influences from ‘The Brothers Grimm’ and fairytales. Being an homage to a number of famous fairy tales such as Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs with a dark dark twist. This aspect of the book is what I enjoyed most, all the fairy tales and stories you heard as a child with a sick adult friendly twist.
A definite recommendation for anybody who loves fantasy, folklore and creepy ass stories.
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