Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Far Far Away

"It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm.
Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings....
Young adult veteran Tom McNeal (one half of the writing duo known as Laura & Tom McNeal) has crafted a novel at once warmhearted, compulsively listenable, and altogether thrilling - and McNeal fans of their tautly told stories will not be disappointed."

Far Far Away is literary beauty with such string writing. However, I believe the summary is misleading. I was hoping to get a magical adventure. Far Far Away is more of a mystery a story of warning. Which I guess is clever, since that is the point of the Grimm Fairy Tales.  As mentioned the book isn't really a fantasy, since it takes places in modern times, but in a fictional town and with very tiny magical elements. Although, a slow story and slightly drawn out Far Far Away is an enjoyable read and one I would recommend. I believe it is a book that you need to be in the mood to sit down with your cup of tea, cuddle in a blanket sitting by the fire to read. 

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