Monday, June 15, 2015

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy

Happy Monday!  It is a hot one here today in Dunedin, Florida.  It is 92 degrees!  I think I will stay in the air conditioning (after I refill the bird feeders).  We have a beautiful cardinal couple that visits our backyard bird feeder.  I believe they have a nest in the tree over our house.  I challenged the squirrels in our yard recently by changing the bird feeder.  They used to climb down the chain to the feeder, eat, drop seeds down to their friends, and then hop to the ground.  The new feeder looks like the bowl of a bird bath (glass).  It has three chains on it.  It took them a couple of hours to figure out how to get down to it and then out of it.  It looks like they enjoy the way it swings back and forth!

I just finished The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy by Elizabeth George (talk about a mouthful).  Janet Shore was the sixth child born and was very sickly throughout her childhood.  When she was home sick, she was provided with many books from the local library.  This is when Janet discovered her talent.  She could go into the books (Janet would actually go into whichever scene in the book she wanted and participate).  Janet discovered she needed three things to go into a story:  emotional or physical connection to the book, solitude (difficult to find at her house), and a tether or anchor to the world (dog and leash).  Janet then spent many afternoons immersed in her stories.  She could go into any scene and take part (like having tea with the White Rabbit).  One day a girl in school did not believe something in a book, so Janet decided to show her.  Janet took Monie Reardon until the little shed she had found in the cemetery.  Monie was then transported into the book with Janet.  Unfortunately for Janet, Monie had a big mouth.  Soon Janet had a line of friends who wanted to go into books.  Janet had principles.  She would not take them into just any books (preferred the classics), but was happy to give recommendations.  Fifty Shades of Grey was out of the question!

One day Janet went off to college and fell in love.  Janet thought love would be like in her books, but she was soon disappointed (he was a cheater).  Janet did not return to her home town for fifteen years.  She received a letter from Monie Reardon Pillerton (the blabbermouth).  Monie now had four children and wanted a break from reality.  She convinces an unenthusiastic Janet who is now Annapurna to come back.  The first time that Monie and Annapurna journey into a book, they are discovered by Mildred Banfry.  Mildred has big plans for Annapurna’s talent (I have a feeling Annapurna’s not going to enjoy this new venture).  To find out what happens with Annapurna and her unique talent, check out The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy.

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy is a cute story, but I found it lacking.  It read like one long monologue instead of a story.  I wanted more magic and fun, but I did not get it.  Great idea but lacking in the execution.  I give The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy 3 out of 5 stars.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have such a talent?  The ultimate book experience!  The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy will be out Tuesday, June 16, 2015!

I received a complimentary copy of The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I appreciate you visiting and reading my latest review!  I am currently reading Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor:  A Novel by Melanie Dobson (it is quite good).  Enjoy the rest of your day and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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