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In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.
When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.
Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever
This is the saddest book I’ve read in a long, long time there’s been many times that I haven’t cried while reading tearjerkers but this time I sobbed and I don’t see how anyone could not cry while reading this. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a book hits me as hard emotionally as this one did. I’m in awe of the skillful writing it’s utterly captivating and thoughtful there was passages about taking care of yourself and finding reasons to smile. The whole book is just so well executed it’s a book that’s impossible to forget I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.
Many people might not want to give something so sad to young readers however even though it is very sad it handles the tough subject of loss wonderfully and it was hopeful, I often found it to be bittersweet. Books are a great way to escape but also a great way to understand something better and to find characters who are going through the same thing as you. Emmaline is such a strong character that I think many will find inspiring or even comforting. For those reasons no one should hesitate to recommend this to middle grade aged children and to everyone, this book is timeless, and can be, and should be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review this in no way effects my opinion.Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.
But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?
- Rating 4 /5 stars
- Releases on May 30th (in the U.S it’s already out in the U.K)
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This book is basically just a love letter to chocolate and it’s amazing! Even if it makes you want to eat way more chocolate then you probably should. What an I talking about there’s no such thing as too much chocolate the characters certainly agree with me chocolate is practically all they eat. You wouldn’t think making chocolate concoctions would be that interesting to read about but yet that’s what most of this book is and I loved it. The author crafted such a lovely world and charming story, it’s a classic fantastical tale but the chocolate adds a fun twist that combined with the characters make the book unique.
Aventurine the protagonist whose passion in life is chocolate which is the best, is both feisty and adorable but she would definitely hate being called adorable she considers herself the most fearsome creature there is. I love all the characters in edition to the wonderful protagonist you also have her friend Silke who is basically a tiny con artist. Then you have Marina the bitter chocolatier who just wants to live in peace with her one true love chocolate which is totally relatable. There’s basically not anything to not love about this splendid book there’s Dragons, chocolaty goodness and great characters. If your looking for a good middle grade or you just really love chocolate then you should definitely consider picking up this adorable gem.