Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)
“A magical bubble transports Alda through time and place to a realm of witches and curses, pirates and princes, and the lost worlds of Shakespeare. She, along with a cabin boy called Dreng, must navigate the conflicts and characters of Macbeth, Hamlet and The Tempest. But will they escape with their lives? Or will they become lost and forgotten?”
(Young Adult / Magical / Mystery)
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Two word review: truly mesmerising.
Ok, this book seriously had me gripped from the start. Elby has done an amazing job writing this book and I cannot praise her enough.
Now, in all honesty, this isn’t something I would usually read but I just couldn’t put it down after I’d started! Every part of this book is just magical and grabs at your curiosity.
I think this is an amazing book that should be implemented in schools as a stepping stone to learn Shakespeare. It’s a brilliant story that I truly enjoyed reading, I’d highly recommend it and I’m super excited for the sequel that is due out in a few months!
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oh my god, this book! I just can’t get over how mesmerising it was, I was totally hooked! The book focuses on two main characters, Alda & Dreng, who end up following this crazy magical adventure. Both stories are separate but they interlink through the whole book, honestly, Elby has done such an amazing job writing this book.
Alda made me feel like I was following the story with her, from start to finish, I was right there. Dreng Just kept me curious, and I still have un-answered questions about Dreng that I’m hoping will be answered in the next book.
The story is so fascinating and again, the way Elby has wrote it is amazing. I mean, years go by in the book, yet no time goes by at all? There’s so much magic in the book and everything is so detailed that I felt like I shouldn’t understand it all, but the way Elby has wrote it made sure I did understand it. It’s really hard to explain but she just did an incredible job on the details in every aspect of the story.
There were so many twists and ‘what’s going to happen next’, Elby kept you constantly curious. For example, when Alda keeps switching between worlds, why did she turn up on Drengs ship? What on earth did happen to Miranda?
I want to say a huge thank you to Amber Elby for sending me out this book to read and review. It was an absolutely amazing adventure and I would highly recommend it to anyone, of any age! As I mentioned above, this book should definitely be read in schools and I really think people will enjoy this book once they give it a chance.