MK. I love a book that leads me around by my nose and then suddenly surprises me at the end. BUT, that just didn’t work here.
Madlyn is a recently-fired, recently-dumped, back-home-with Mom, young adult. She takes a job as a reader with a wealthy family, and then something quite unexpected starts to happen with a boy and a novel and a quest to save the world.
It’s a wonderful premise. I love the idea of The Sorcerer’s Garden, I’m just afraid it missed a little on the execution. There is a lot of back and forth between the here-and-now, and the world in the novel Madlyn is reading. Then, things start to unravel. Are we in the novel or are we not in the novel? I just could not figure out where I was for the majority of this book.
If you note my status updates, you’ll see I was incredibly confused. I’m pretty sure that’s because Madlyn was confused, but that shouldn’t spill over into the reader’s mind. Even if the MC doesn’t have a clue, I want to at least have an idea of where I’m at in a book.
Things did become clear at the end, for which I was very grateful. Without that, my rating would have been much lower. Now, let’s highlight some of the positive. The writing is well done, I got a very clear picture of who the characters were as people and what was motivating them throughout the story. However, I have some real issues with Caleb-in-the-novel’s characterization. Can one be both fearless and reckless and yet also afraid of small, dark spaces??? I dunno. I found that a bit odd.
The whole thing left me feeling a little like throwing my hands up in the air.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.