By Erin Morgenstern
Out: September 13, 2011
Review Copy: Edelweiss (thank you)
Stars: 5 out of 5
This is quite possibly the hardest review I have ever had to write, because nothing I can say will do this title justice. It is perfect.
I was sucked in on the first page, and I cannot remember the last time I was this obsessed with a book (Harry Potter comes to mind, as does Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell-another masterpiece).
I did not just want to read this book, I wanted to crawl into it and not leave-ever.
This book just made my top ten list, and as someone who has read hundreds of books over my lifetime, that is saying something.
It has orphans, magicians, clock makers, circus performers, tents filled with dreams, and a love affair to rival Romeo and Juliet. In fact, Morgenstern's love of Shakespeare is alive throughout the entire story.
I cannot wait to see what Morgenstern does next.
This will appeal to more mature YA audiences. Highly recommended for Ray Bradbury fans, Lev Grossman fans, and anyone who wants to go somewhere completely new.