Series: Ashtown Burials #1
Source: ALA 2011
I received this book for free from ALA 2011 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Yes, yes, yes and yes. Next semester especially I should have time to read, after they’ve all come out of course but I’m glad this one was on the top of my list. Why was it on the top? Well I’d heard about the 100 Cupboards books and was curious. The title and this amazing cover that becomes eve more amazing when you realize just how accurate it is. Aaron Becker props to you. There are so many things that are simply amazing in this book. I’ll admit Antigone does drive me a little nutty sometimes especially early on, but I am definitely warming up to her. A lot of times the 12 year old boy characters just don’t strike right, but Cyrus held me to the end. Wilson has woven an intricate mix of history, mythology and his own breed of magic that absolutely floors me. The ones that struck me giddy when I caught on were the references to Treasure Island. There were others too but much of it is done in such a way that it is like the tickle in the back of your brain when you see a familiar face but can’t recall the name, like the whiff of a smell from your childhood. I know there are tons of references I missed and that I could spend hours trying to track them all down. See I have this issue when I really really love a book. I sit here staring at the screen because I can’t decide what to talk about: interesting steampunk style magical weapons, tiny immortal snakes, animal and human hybrids, lightening bugs (fireflies), magic keys and that is just scratching the surface. I don’t say this often but this is definitely goes in a MUST READ category. I suppose it’s too early to preorder the next one, huh?
Scheduled Release Date: 8-23-2011