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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

Goodreads Summary

Amy Lennox, the main character, literally lives my dreams. When her mother and her head back to where her mom's family resides, she discovers that she has the ability to jump into a story and watch the action unfold (even talk to the characters!). As Amy becomes more and more comfortable with her jumping abilities a dangerous presence is slowly leaching the life from the books and damaging them. Amy must find who or what is causing all the harm in her beloved book world. 

Amy's character is so-so. I like her for her bookish ways, but I didn't like how she seemed to have no confidence in herself. I wish she was a little less stereotypical mousy. Will and Betsy are brother and sister and book jumpers, as well. Will is a little stand-offish and Betsy is stuck up. The pair act slightly as antagonists. I wish the characters were a little more fleshed out and likable. The plot was fast-paced and the book could easily be finished in less than a day if the reader is as excited about the story line as I was. I liked the setting and the descriptive writing style of the author. Teens/young adults/adults will find this book an absolute joy to read.

4 Stars

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