The Phantom Forest - Review

The Phantom ForestThe Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seycia grew up hearing about the Forest of Laida. Its where your soul goes after you die and it keeps all the memories your soul has during its many lives. She is raising her brother Miko after her parents were killed. She tries her best to raise and keep him safe. That includes keeping him from being the yearly sacrifice. Someone found a way into the Underworld and opened a rift years ago. When she watches the eye of an evil man, she finds herself a sacrifice. Now in the Underworld with a Demon named Haben she is still trying to find a way to keep her brother safe and to put an end to the evil.

Seycia is a very strong character and even when she is sacrificed she still never gives up. She makes a bargain with Haben to destroy the evil within the Underwirld and on the real world. Haben is a demon with a huge secret that he doesn't want anyone to know. He is being punished for his secret and just wants his afterlife to end. Miko is a headstrong boy who doesn't think things through before he acts. It puts him in danger and others some of the time.

This was a great book with lots of darkness. It was a great way to look into what the Underworld may be and I really enjoyed it. It has lots of a tons and very well written. You get to see how everything came about. The world was easy to see as you read. I'd recommend it to my friends to read.

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Pan's Labyrinth:The Labyrinth of the Faun Review

Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the FaunPan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew as soon as I saw this book I would want to read it. Pan's Labyrinth is a favorite movie of mine. This book just brings more to enjoy for the old or new fans. It's a dark story and even if it tore my heart out at times I still loved it.

We follow Ofelia as she moves with her pregnant mother to their new home with her new stepfather Vidal. Vidal is a very cruel man who really is only concerned with his unborn child. There is a war going on and times are hard. Ofelia is left alone most of the time as her mother grows sicker. She meets Pan who ask her to complete task to get her hearts desire.

As Ofelia completes her task you meet a collection of characters who stick with you. You get to go on a journey not only of now but you also get to find out the past. The book has amazing illustrations in it. I loved seeing them all. The world in this book is fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. I would recommend this to any and everyone. Come visit the labyrinth for an intriguing tale or two.

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