The first book I have chosen to review is Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. I was drawn to this book a while back in my usual book research because of the cover. It is brown and gold, there is a circle of people around a little girl (Liesl), and a bright light coming out of the box she has in front of her (which makes you wonder what is inside.) It is one of those covers I want to just run my hand over. Yes, I judge books by their covers!
The story is about an orphan girl, Liesl, and her adventure to put her father to rest. Along the way she befriends Po, Bundle, and Will and they manage to find themselves in all kinds of sticky situations. The story deals with death and healing, but also with friendship and doing good for others. It was a very cute story with lots of adventure, some supernatural beings, and, of course, magic. I feel sorry to say, I do not have much else to say about this book. It was fun, it was well-written, and I enjoyed it, but it was not jump-out-of-your-seat amazing. The story flowed well, made complete sense, and has the ever expected bad guys. It was a quick read and I am glad I read it, but it is not one that I would read again. This story is for readers age 9-12.
The link above is where you can check out the book on amazon.ca. It gives you a book description, as well as many reviews from people who loved the book. Make your own decision, and if you read it, let me know what you think!