Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.
This is kind of a staple book and I figured it was about time I read it. I loved the bookish-ness of the book! This book was also incredibly imaginative!
Meggie lives with her father, Mo, who is a book doctor and fixes books. It isn't until a stranger comes to them one night the Meggie ends up caught up in her father's secrets. Mo has the power to read characters, and things, to life from the pages of the book. Years ago, he accidentally read a villain to life and now the villain is searching for Mo, so that he can use Mo's power.
Being a huge booknerd, I love reading books about books. This book is like bookception, it's a book within a book, and I loved it. Also, what booknerd hasn't dreamed of having the characters come to life? But this book definitely shows the downside to that. The overall imagination of this book is astounding as well! Still, this book does have flaws. I've read one other Cornelia Funke book and noticed that her writing seems to be a bit long at times and a bit slow-paced. This wasn't a big problem, but I felt like the book could've been shorter. I also expected more magic, even though there was some, but it took awhile for t to appear.
The cast of characters was great, both the good and the bad. I liked Meggie. For one, she loves to read, but I loved how strong she was for one her age. I also liked Elinor and her house of books, even though it took awhile to like her. I had a hard time with Dustfinger, because I liked him and felt for him, but he has a lot of flaws.The villains in this book are also all especially evil.
Overall, I think this book is a great read for booknerds and fans of fantasy. This book was very imaginative and I enjoyed reading it. This book did have it's flaws, but I still liked it and I plan on continuing the trilogy!
I hereby give this book
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.