Friday, September 30, 2016

Fairytales & Dreams: The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill // Book Review

The Beginning Woods
by Malcolm McNeill
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Source: NetGalley
Buy It: Amazon UK / Book Depository


A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVE
The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air - just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace.
A BABY NO ONE WANTED
Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings.
A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURE
To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods. A realm of magic and terror, life and death. But can he bear the truth - or will it destroy him?
A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD
Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods...
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Reasons Why You Should Read The Beginning Woods:

+ Perfect for readers who love magical places, fairytales, mystery and tales of children looking for their lost parents. 

+ The ambiance of the Woods and the areas in London is well crafted. You will feel the curiosity and panic Max feels when he crosses over from London to the Woods and what he experiences once there. 

+ Great characters- all are intriguing, including the wind giants and evil witches.

+ The world-building is well developed : a world with it's own creation story, massive dragons, fairies, witches, ghosts (who preferred to be called "cold people"), wizards, and more.

+ McNeill's writing is wonderful and at times satirical. The my favorite part was in the beginning of the book when the Vanishings started happening and McNeill humorously wrote about how everyone waited for the scientists to figure it out.

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I think everyone should give this book a try. The pace is a little slow, but it is rich with atmosphere, characters, world-building, and is well written.

-Katie

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