Do you ache for that scene in Willy Wonka when they enter the room made of candy? With the chocolate stream and the lollipop plants? Everything in gorgeous color. Everything a little…more. If that’s your moment then this is your book.
It’s a YA fantasy book. Prolly most appropriate for 11-12 year old girls. And slightly overwhelmed 36-year-olds who absolutely adore a good sentence. There were phrases in this book deserving of my highest praise – “tattoo-worthy.” Invoking imagery both so lovely and so moving that i could read them on my skin forever.
It was like Through The Looking Glass, like a Tim Burton movie, like something Neil Gaiman would write – but simpler, brighter and more pared-down. I’ve not read a book with such colorful, abundant, evocative imagery since James and the Giant Peach. This book was bright colors, beautiful phrases and sparkling images. I am excited to read more by Ms Valente – an imagination like hers is a rare treat.