"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free from NetGalley.
Haley Spade is a 15 year old who, after her parents die and her grandparents take her in, is shipped off to an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut. Several students believe that the angry ghosts of six students who committed suicide decades ago still haunt its halls. Haley doesn’t believe in ghosts, so on a dare, she spends the night wandering through the “haunted” building to prove they don’t exist. What she doesn’t realize is that someone has convinced Oliver, a fellow classmate, to sneak into the building as well to scare her. She figures it out pretty quickly and she and Oliver decide to investigate together. Unfortunately they end up taking a wrong turn and next thing you know they are on an adventure where secret doors take you into stories within stories and worlds within worlds. They encounter magical creatures like the King of the Cats, a shapeshifting crow, elves—and a menace far more terrifying than any ghost.
A young adult fantasy novel, this book started off really well and sucked me right in. It continued to hold my interest until the last half of the book. Although I still enjoyed it, the second part wasn’t as thrilling as the first part and I felt myself not quite as captured by it as before. There was quite a bit of action and enough magical creatures to satisfy one’s fantasy thirst however. There were moments though when I would have to go back and re-read paragraphs just because there are so many twists and turns that at times I would become a little confused on how it all tied into one another, but the story was an enjoyable one and I would definitely recommend it.
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