My Rating: 3 Stars
This book was recommended to me by my fellow bookseller and I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed.
I lot of this book reminded me of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" where the children jump from orphanage to orphanage, living adventures and misadventures along the way. In this story, you just change a mean uncle for a good one and mix magic with it. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The story of "The Emerald Atlas" is about three siblings that are forced to leave their home and have their memories almost completely erased. Without memories of their parents and no last name, the children go from orphanage to orphanage, ending up with a mysterious man, Dr Pym and end up finding out a world across time and space where magic is real. As they discover the existence of three very powerful books, The Books of Beginning, they are faced with the task of having to find the Emerald Atlas to return home. The thing is they are not the only ones that need it desperately.
It's a very easygoing reading, flowing nicely and you really get to know the three main characters, Kate, Michael and Emma that are thrown in a world they don't understand. The story builds up quite nicely and I really enjoyed reading how events affected each sibling differently.
I wouldn't say that it arrives to the level of Harry Potter, not even close in my opinion, but I still want to read the next book.
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.