Title: The forgotten Book
Author: Mechthild Glaser
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Is this part of a series? No.
Published: January 20th, 2018
After a trying summer vacation traveling with her mother and listening to the same lecture a dozen times, Emma is ready to be back at Stolzenburg. The castle-turned-school has been home to her as her father is headmaster, and she just knows this is going to be her year. She is going to fight for the post of Head girl, and take over the never -used West Wing for a hangout for her book club. Who knows, maybe she’ll even work up the courage to talk to Frederick! Yes, things are definitely going to go her way!
While cleaning the West Wing, She and her friends come across an old journal. It looks like it started as a written account of the lives at the castle, and then the school as different people pick it up. Some were dry, some were stories filled with fauns and words come to life. When Emma begins to take over the journal she begins to notice something interesting. What she writes comes to pass… though not always as she would wish. Enter Darcy DeWinter, arrogant heir to the family that owned the castle and still retain certain rights. Deciding these rights include the West Wing, he and Emma butt heads immediately. As time goes by, though, she learns more about him and his past. His sister disappeared from here four years ago, and he needs to find answers. She can’t leave him, not when she might actually have Gina’s last words… Filled with magic, intrigue, and nods toward Austen, this is going to be an instant favorite for many.
I fell madly in love with this author last year upon reading The Book Jumper, so when I saw she had another book it was an instant buy for me. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous cover, and was intrigued by the premise. From the first chapter you get a good feel for Emma. Loyal, sweet, a bit goofy and at times immature…. But insanely loveable. I loved what she tried to do with the book, showing her care for others; and her need to make things right. I rooted for her, this is a character that I connected with from the start-even when she did foolish things.
The premise of the book, a magic journal that can influence the future was interesting; as was the way she showed what would happen when different types of people had it. It was an interesting, fast read that kept me enthralled to the last word. A lot of people are liking this to Pride and Prejudice, I can say nothing of this as I haven’t read it. The starting line of chapter one does nod to it, though (I know that much!). I like the little surprise at the end, and I felt like the book was wrapped up well. It left me feeling warm and entranced, like any good fantasy. For me this was a five star book.
On the adult content scale there was some language and two side characters had a sexual relationship that never got talked about in any sort of detail- extremely mild and suitable for any age. I give it a two.
The book is out now! Have you read it? What are your thoughts?
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Also, here is a link to my review of her other book, The Book Jumper, Mechthild Glaser in case you’re interested in it. I highly recommend both books!