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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.
I had high expectations for this book. I had been waiting to read it for years as it was difficult to get my hands on a copy from the library. It had also been turned into a movie, so that means the book should be good right? Not necessarily. While it was an entertaining read, it didn’t hold my attention all the way to the end. I had no problems setting it down for hours, and even days, at a time. I found the scenes with Capricorn (the villian) to be interesting, but repetitive. I also had no problems guessing what was going to happen next.
To me, Dustfinger kept moping along all through the book and refused to accept his circumstances. Not that anyone would like being ripped from what they know and flung into a crazy world like ours, but still. It’s been 9 years. Get over it already! Aunt Elinor was quite the unlikeable woman through 95% of the book. I got to the point I’d flinch any time she’d talk because it was always so rude. One of my favorite characters had to have been Farid. He appeared later on when read out of another story. He accepted everything quite well and never wanted to return. Also, Capricorn’s men were written as being mean and horrible, but you never saw that in the story. Of course, it was written for a younger audience and some of that would be inappropriate, but to constantly imply it without any observable action backing up the words, that’s all they are, just words.
There are definitely other YA books I’d recommend before ‘Inkheart.’ My opinion definitely doesn’t stop this book from being liked by a lot of people though. Not to mention holding its head high in Germany as one of the best books for young adults. It’s competition is the likes of J.K. Rowling and R.L. Stine. That’s high company for a book. So while I might not have particularly liked it, many others do and will enjoy it.