Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy - Foxlee

*This book was received free of charge for review  from Netgalley for my honest review and opinion.  All comments in this review are the honest opinion of the blogger.

Ophelia is a sad little girl. Her mother died three months, two weeks and seven days ago. Her older sister, Alice, is not acting normal. And to make matters worse, Ophelia and her sister are being forced to visit a very cold, very dreary city with their father, a sword expert working on a soon to be revealed museum display. And her father's boss, while very pretty, makes Ophelia very uncomfortable despite Alice's obvious approval of her.

While Ophelia tries to keep herself entertained and out of the way, she can't help but be bored. She wanders the very large and strange museum by day and returns to their empty hotel room in the evening.

Then, one day Ophelia finds a friend. She discovers a young boy who has been locked in a hidden room, for 75 years, who calls himself "The Marvelous Boy".  He tells her that he needs her help saving the world and sends her on a hunt to find a missing sword and "The Other One", the person who is to help the Marvelous Boy and the sword save the world from the evil Snow Queen.

But how is a little girl to protect herself from a Snow Queen? And an evil one at that?!

In Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, Karen Foxlee presents a wonderful fantasy for all ages. Though the initial chapter or two is a bit slow, once you get into Ophelia's story you can't help but be sucked in and enjoy the fantasy being woven. The final battle is a bit simplistic, but remember this book is for kids. Despite that, I found it fully engaging and entertaining. A great read for all ages!

4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.