Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Abducted by Inkheart

HEADLINE: What if the power of reading aloud could bring our favorite characters to life?

TIME IN CAPTIVITY: I always find it easy to be abducted into books that are filled with characters who love books. And this story is no exception. The father Mo is a book binder and he has raised his daughter to love and cherish books. However, he has never read to her himself because when he reads out loud, strange things begin to occur. The characters and objects begin to appear before him, brought to life in our world. And although this gift may sound wonderful it also comes at a heavy price. Whenever an object from a book is brought to our world, an object from our world is sent to replace it. Unfortunately this goes for humans
too. When a character is read out of a book, a person from our world enters there story never to be heard from again.
I haven't seen the movie yet but I love Brendan Fraser so I hope to very soon
One night while Mo is reading aloud to his wife, three men escaped from a story called Inkheart and Mo's wife vanishes.
Now, nine years later, the men who originally escaped Inkheart are back looking for Mo. They capture him, but Maggie, his daughter, refuses to be left behind and she sets out on a jury with her aunt Elinor to find him.
Maggie, Mo, and Elinor meet some truly heart warming people along the way (those of the human variety as well as the characters from books). The story is a wonderful adventure that takes you on many twists and turns. There may have been a few scenes when I started to feel like maybe the story was starting to slow down a bit and I couldn't believe how much I still had left to get through, but right when I was starting to feel that way another twist would come along and we would be off on another adventure.
I listened to the audio version which was read by Lynn Redgrave who truly did an amazing job with all of the different voices and accents. I mean we are talking about on the level of Jim Dale here!

THE ABDUCTOR: Maggie was the perfect perspective to be brought into this story. She has all the innocence of a child but she is also very strong and brave. She has an amazing relationship with her father where you can tell that he raised her to be self sufficient but also to feel quite loved. As the story moves on you do start to follow many of the other characters, but Maggie starts it all.

POINT OF ABDUCTION: I was pretty much abducted by the writing from the beginning but one scene that completely hooked me was when Mo and Maggie went to meet the author of Inkheart, Fenoglio. He lives in this little village and his grandchildren come to play at his house every day and he is so great with them. Those scenes were adorable! I'm a sucker for sweet old grandfather types in books, so to have one who was also playful with his grandchildren totally got me.
It was also around this time that the story started to calm and then a twist came that stirred everything back up again! I loved it.

If you take a book with you on a odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it...yes, book are like flypaper - memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.
A very magical story with tons of action and adventure and truly wonderful characters!


Anonymous said...

I listened to the audiobook of Inkheart, too, but it was quite a few years ago. Although I liked this book, I wasn't madly in love. I thought it was too long, and after a bit my interest waned. However, I did love the whole concept.

I'm glad you liked it.

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said...

This sounds like such a cute book! I've read a couple Middle Grade novels now, and although I don't love them as much as YA books overall, some of them have been fantastic! I need to read some more! I'll have to add this to my TBR list! Great review, Courtney!

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