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The first novel M. L. John ever read was Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, and she has had a love of fantasy ever since. As soon as her handwriting was good enough to write full sentences, she started writing stories about beautiful princesses who spent their time rescuing princes and slaying dragons. Very little has changed about her writing style since that time, with the possible exception of her penmanship. She lives in Colorado with her true love, their three children, an obnoxious baby brother who still won’t let her change the television channel, and a small menagerie of yippy little dogs and cats big enough to saddle. These days, she spends most of her time explaining different mythologies to her kids until their little eyes glaze and roll back in their heads.
on March 30, 2011 :
What an intense ride! This book took me from high school to a Tim Burton directed Seelie underworld. It was a fascinating mixture of folklore, high school, and the Wizard of Oz.
My favorite part was where the heroine loses her name and becomes trapped in a black and white emotionless world without any loss of pace or my attention. I love how the writer manages to make wherever Karen is feel real however imaginative and unreal they may be. These are realistic and complicated characters in a rich and subtly portrayed world.
I think people would like this who like Holly Black's Faery world, Or Carrie Jones' Need series as well as Brenna Yanoff's "The Replacement".
I think that for a YA it has more adult themes and would recommend it for older teens or adults.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 18, 2011 :
I Loved this book!!
(reviewed long after purchase)