Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Review #488 - The Book of Days by K.A Barker


Most people believe the best way to forget someone is to throw them down a well. Or lock them in a room with eight keys, or bury them at a crossroad in the thirteenth hour. But they’re wrong. The best way to forget someone is for them never to have existed in the first place.

Madame Marisol’s Unreality House was where you brought people to make that happen.”

When Tuesday wakes from sleep for the first time at sixteen, she opens her eyes to a world filled with wonder – and peril. Left with only a letter from the person she once was, Tuesday sets out to discover her past with the help of her charming and self-serving guide, Quintalion.

Along the way she runs into one-legged mercenaries, flying cities, airships, and a blind assistant librarian. But danger lurks amidst the steam. The leader of the merciless Daybreakers is hunting her, convinced that she killed the only woman he ever loved. Tuesday will need all her wits about her to survive long enough to find out who she is and her connection with the mysterious Book of Days: a book that holds untold power…

My Rating: 3.5/5

I received this book for review from Pan MacMillan Australia.

This book was very enchanting and I found myself absolutely engrossed in it from the very first page. It just had a certain quality to it that just sucks you in.

The characters were all very intriguing and they all had tremendous depth to them considering this was only the first book (I'm assuming there will be a sequel?). The villains in this book also had depth which is rare in YA literature.  

I loved the geographical landscape of their land although it was a little confusing at first especially when some places mentioned were not included on the map at the front of the book.

The plot was very adventurous and magical although there were a number loose ends that didn't get tied such as Quintalion's father.

The book begins with Tuesday awakening in a strange and magical house where she has no memory of her past. She then goes on a journey to discover who she is even though everyone tells her she probably forgot everything for a reason.

Jack and Quintalion were both fantastic male characters. Jack had a rather vulnerable and sensitive quality to him and Quintalion on the other hand was very self assured but not in an arrogant way.

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