received for review
R- 2 ish
The information that accompanied this book has this to say about it: "The physics-bending charm of The Time Traveler's Wife meets the curious mischief of The Eyre Affair in this unconventional and utterly enchanting debut novel..."
And it's a great description.
This book was fun. The fantasy element was interesting, the mystery satisfying, and the characters! Oh, the characters. A goofy cast of misfits that somehow cobble themselves into a family.
If nothing else, read it for the characters.
There were a few passages that seemed to be missing crucial details.... I'm hoping that either that's because I was reading an uncorrected ARC or I was more tired than I thought when reading. Could also be a hint of "first novel" trouble, but overall this didn't read like a first novel. (That's a compliment, I promise.)
There is (itty-bitty spoiler ahead, though really with how early I caught it, it can't be THAT much of a spoiler...) a somewhat subtle gay rights message, but it's not a hit-you-over-the-head-propaganda type and honestly even if you disagree with the choices of a gay lifestyle, I don't see how you would have anything but compassion for the character's implied backstory. What a terrible burden to bear-- I say that largely because to that character it clearly was.
Anyway, I very much enjoyed this one and recommend it. :)