Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Book Review | The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill

Malcolm Mcneill the beginning woods review
My Rating: 7/10
Published: September 1st 2016
Pages: 448
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The Beginning Woods is set in a world similar to ours, except in this version of the world all of a
sudden people started vanishing without a trace, leaving nothing behind except a pile of clothes.
A scientist believes that Max, a boy who was abandoned in a bookshop as a baby is the key to finding out what is behind these strange vanishings and follows them as they embark on an adventure to uncover the mystery behind it all.

The language used in this book is lovely. Without giving too much away The Beginning Woods referenced in the title is a place of fairy tales, and the language used in this book reflects that with lovely long descriptive passages that really help create an atmosphere of whimsy, although at times may have been a bit too long as I did find myself a bit confused at times. The language used also made the book feel a bit slow at times too, not necessarily a bad thing but if you are looking to read this prepare yourself for a long lazy afternoon, not a run away adventure.

Max, the main character is bit of a tricky one. At first he is presented to be an unwanted baby so you feel almost sorry for him, but as he grows he ends up being a bit bratty, and as a character I didn't actually like him. There are however quite a few really likable characters in this book who seem a lot more solid than Max is.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I think it will be like marmite, either you will love it or hate it. It is slower paced than most things I have read recently, but it makes for a nice rainy day read to whisk you away to another world. One thing I can say for sure is this is unlike most things on the market today and that may be because it was originally written in German and has been translated to English.

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