Genres: Childrens, Fantasy
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 14th 2015
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program.
“Existing can be brave enough some days, don’t you think?”
Lottie Fiske has only one friend, Elliot. Two if you include apple trees. Three if you include a mysterious letter writer who sends her gifts on her birthday. This year Lottie has only one request, she wants Elliot cured of his incurable sickness. Getting the cure might be a little more complicated than she hoped. Through an apple tree and into another world Lottie will have to brave magic, kings and beast in order to get a cure for the otherwise incurable.
A very sweet, whimsical adventure. It glides over heavier themes, perhaps leaving out some of the weight they could have been given. However there’s only one very noticeable deus ex machina, and the rest of the story is quite enjoyable. Lottie is a wonderful female heroine, strong and brave without sacrificing her emotion. The three supporting heroes are all vastly interesting and the world is neatly built in the short time the story spans. The ending feels a little rushed but it’s a quite a lovely novel.