I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.
- 4/5 stars
- Release date; September 1st
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This book was so good I enjoyed the story and liked the magic system everything made sense even the time traveling was not at all confusing. I liked the characters, and I liked their relationships with each other and how there is no annoying cliches. However I did have some quibbles with this my biggest issue is the writing I can’t quite explain why but the writing wasn’t for me. I always struggle to describe writing styles and this one was unusual it’s not crisp, lyrical, flowery or any of the words I would usually use when describing a writing style. However you would describe the writing it didn’t work for me but it could also be that this is a debut novel and just needed more refinement, Lock’s writing could improve.
This book is interesting, thought the ending will probably be unsatisfactory to many people. You don’t really get answers, I usually like open endings but I do want some more closure. I felt like there should have been an epilogue or something I needed just a little more. There is going to be a another book and I’m glad there is but it isn’t a sequel which I am a little sad about, but then again it doesn’t really need a sequel it needs an epilogue. The companion novel is going to have one one character from this book in it I don’t know who or anything else about it but I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve never read anything quite like this it’s only the second YA book I know of that takes place in the 80s and the only book I’ve read that’s set in Berlin. I like how it’s about two time periods it’s unique and flawlessly done. Most of the book is set in 1988 then there’s one pov that takes place in Germany the way both time periods connect is amazing. Overall this is a great read if you’re looking for something a little different and like historical fiction, and imaginative, thought provoking stories.