- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Toadhouse Books (July 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615644570
- ISBN-13: 978-0615644578
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
- Stars: 5
- Flames: 0
Aine believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.
As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds... if she can stay alive.
"Lourey never slackens the pace!" --St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Readers will, like the protagonists, literally get lost in this book. Beautifully written and unquestionably entertaining, this projected trilogy truly does have the potential to become a young adult classic." --Paul Goat Allen (Chicago Tribune reviewer)
“Lourey's wonderful way with words will whisk readers away to an amazing new world!” --Anthony and Agatha Award winning author Chris Grabenstein
I loved this book! I love the characters, I love the idea! I love the books that are mixed into the plot! I'm not giving ANYTHING away. Aine is a strong female, but you also see her softer side. Spenser is tougher than he lets on- even if his sister doesn't see it. I love Tru. Can I keep him? Biblos is FREAKING scary! He's like the book monster living under your bed after you've read until the wee hours of the morning and you imagine things. Believe me, I was imagining him. *Shivers* To the point of me waking up my husband to come sleep on the outside of the bed. Yes, I was a chicken! LOL! This book leaves you wanting more, more, MORE now, now, NOW! I wanna know what happens!!! Jess has crafted an amazing book, in a world that many of us avid readers are familiar with, yet they are new and exciting all over. You don't have to have read the classics to be wrapped up in this book- you just might not recognize the locations right off. A little mystery never hurt a story! I recommend this book for all people that like YA reads. I think it has a bit of everything in it. I want to know more of Gil! Please, and thank you, Jess!
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Jess Lourey is the author of The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One, the first in a young adult series that celebrates the danger and excitement of reading. She also writes the critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month Mysteries for adults with a sense of humor. She's been teaching writing and sociology at the college level since 1998. When not gardening, writing, or hanging out with her wonderful kids and dorky dog, you can find her reading, watching SyFy-channel original movies, and dreaming big.