Saturday, October 1, 2011

Danny's Review on Liesl & Po

Liesl & Po
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Format: E-book
Pages: 176
Source: NetGalley
Extras: Book website, Trailer, Author Interview
Buy at: Amazon

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.


Rating – 5/5 stars

Judge the Cover – Love, love, LOVE this cover! The Illustrator did an awesome job creating the pictures for the story.

Selecting – This book was provided by HarperCollins and NetGalley. If you haven’t, check out the trailer for the book because not only is it great illustration, and music, it made me want to buy this book even more.

Review – I was really anxious to read this book. I love reading juvenile fiction because the worlds that the authors create are places I want to be. In this book, I really want to go to the Other Side just to see the wonders that it has to offer. Once it comes out, I buying myself a copy and one for an upcoming giveaway.
I have not read any of Lauren Oliver books but if they are as good as this one then I’m going to go check them out. You get a new type of fantasy, one with adventure but also sorrow and heartfelt moments that was such a joy to read.

Liesl’s stepmother has locked her away from the world in a tiny little attic. In the attic, Liesl draws pictures from her memories or imagination. But after her father passes away, she doesn’t draw anymore. This is what brings Po to her.

Po is a ghost that has a shape of boy but on the Other Side, Po is neither boy nor girl, it is just Po. Along with him, Bundle is neither cat nor dog, just a pet that follows Po everywhere. The Other Side is where ghosts go to when they aren’t ready to go to Beyond. Po came to Liesl to ask her why she wasn’t drawing anymore. They end up making a deal. Po will search for Liesl’s father on the Other Side, while Liesl draws him a picture.

Below Liesl’s window, a boy named Will watches her. He is an apprentice to alchemist and who sent Will out that night to do errands. Will has watch Liesl draw many nights. That night he was hoping she would be at the window again. After he sees her appear, Will goes back to do his errands. He is very tired but has to finish his errands. Will is holding a very important box that needs to be delivered, but before he makes the delivery, he goes to Mr. Gray’s home to pick up items. There he leaves the magic box and picks up the wrong box, which leaves to a train of events.

Because of the mistake, Liesl, Po, and Will are mixed up into an adventure that involves Liesl’s father’s ashes and a box of the most powerful magic.

Lauren Oliver gives you a set of characters and great adventure that everyone can grow to love. Highly recommend for young, old, and the in between, to pick up this unforgettable book.

Favorite Character – It was hard not to fall in love with the children of the book. Liesl, Will, Po, and Bundle were great characters to read about. Also, Mo and his cat Lefty were also fun to read.

Least Favorite Character – The adults of the book were actually the most evil. That is every adult was evil except Mo and Liesl’s father of course.
Favorite Part When Po and Bundle explore the Other Side and meet Liesl’s father, you get an inside look of what happens when you die.

Author’s NEWS – Lauren Oliver’s recent release for children. Check out her website for more info on her young adult books.

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