I read, I write, and I majored in German and Muggle Studies. my favorite genres are historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. Lookout for reviews of the YA and MG persuasions!

Nearly So Perfectly Marvelous

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy - Karen Foxlee

It's not as if I could possibly ignore it if I tried--the cover is simply beyond charming, which was more than likely the reason why I clicked on the Netgalley email months ago, without realizing that the ARC would expire within hours. But I have finally gotten my hands upon the book courtesy of the local library.


As the title implies, the story focuses on one Ophelia, a young girl driven by a curious yet scientific and observant mind. After losing her mother to recent tragedy, she, her older sister, and her father find themselves spending most of their days in an extraordinary museum, which houses amongst its numerous possessions, a strange boy locked away in a room.


Adventure, of course, ensues.


The story was witty and altogether delightful--there is a rewarding, modern fairy-tale feel to the story. I enjoyed the read,  and I felt I would have loved it even more had I been perhaps ten years younger.


The plot and storyline are predictable, perhaps even so for the younger folk, but still imaginative enough to keep me reading until the end. I would recommend this book to younger readers who are looking for a light adventure story enhanced with magic reminiscent of classics like  "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."

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Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary
J.R.R. Tolkien
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