Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara

I loved these sorts of stories when I was a little girl and I so wanted to like this book as an adult; the illustrations are lovely and the story starts so beautifully – and then about halfway in it starts to lose its way and continues downhill from there. I don’t really know how to describe what I feel, except in saying that for me the story is inherently flawed. A story, even one that challenges the outer reaches of the imagination, should flow and make sense; there are some great lines, but these are followed by sections that…just don’t read right! As always my review is entirely subjective based as it is on my personal interpretation.
I give this book 2 stars.

 

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