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The Girl of Ink and Stars: winner of the British Book Awards' Children's Book of the Year, perfect for Christmas

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Il linguaggio è semplice ma non per questo banale ed elementare, anche se è un romanzo fantasy la vicenda sembra quasi realistica, fatta ad eccezione per alcuni casi.

When I read it, it was quite fast paced and that was one of the main things that kept my attention. I was never bored because there was always something going on. Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, and the British Book Awards' Children's Book of Year 2017 Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in Surrey in 1990, and her earliest ambition was to be a cat, closely followed by a cat-owner or the first woman on Mars. She has achieved only one of these things, but discovered that being a writer lets you imagine whatever you want.Despite societal expectations for her gender, Isabella bravely forges ahead. When evidence surfaces that suggests something sinister is poised to devastate the island, Isabella could run for safety. Instead, she defies presumptions about her gender and delves into the darkest parts of the island, moving toward danger, rather than away from it. At this terrifying turn in her adventure, Isabella’s knowledge of maps and the stars is more important than ever. This extraordinary fantasy is the first book in Philip Pullman's multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy A strange, ungraspable kind of book. It definitely held my interest throughout, though a few times, I was a little confused. Who was Yote? What was all that fire demon stuff all about? And where did the giant wolves come from?. There are not a lot of better things to get in a book when the cover is as beautiful as the story but this was just that. I really loved this because it was just purely about magic, friendship, adventure and bravery. Isabella’s quality of character is further enhanced by her friendship with the Governor’s daughter, Lupe. Though both girls are quite different in personality, Isabella strives to see the good in her friend and, unlike everyone else in Gromera, refrains from holding her strident father’s actions against her. Their first real disagreement occurs on the cusp of peculiar events disrupting the lives of everyone on Joya, and Lupe goes missing before they can make amends. Though she’s always longed to chart the Forgotten Territories, Isabella’s primary motivation for joining the team of island explorers is to save her best friend.

The night was hauntingly clear. The stars revealed their places in constellations and the moon’s pull felt physical on my short hair. Something was happening to the very air we walked through. It was tense, alive and threatening, the island in the grip of forces shifting imperceptibly beneath my feet. I think Hargrave uses the island myth to great effect and is consistent and steady with her modern (within the book's context which has a 19th-century feel) parallels and revelations. She describes things perfectly, as one might expect from a poet, without overdoing the language, giving the reader just enough detail to share her vision. Many times, this vision becomes horrific, and we can feel the terror that Isabella and Lupe and Pablo must feel, but never is it graphically spelled out in grotesque detail. I find this blend of talent with restraint rare these days when so much in books and films is overdone so that absolutely nothing is left to the audience's imagination. La vicenda narrata è molto simile a quelli di altri romanzi dello stesso genere ma alla fine si è rivelato piuttosto originale e diverso dagli altri, lasciandomi piacevolmente sorpresa e invitandomi a proseguire la lettura. The Girl of Ink and Stars is one of those rare treasures that is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. After initially eyeing this up as a cover buy and then hearing nothing but incredible things about this book I finally jumped straight in and I loved every second.This book is absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end. Set in a beautifully imagined parallel world, The Girl of Ink and Stars is Isa’s tale. She is such a strong and fierce character and I’m sure that she will be an inspiration to many young girls. This is truly a tale of strength and love whether it be family or friends both of these themes run throughout this book. Dočteno, knihu jsem zhltala za dva večery a nemohla jsem se od ní odtrhnout. Já prostě miluju Middle-grade dobrodružství, tady navíc byl místní folklór, mytologie, trochu nedpřirozeno, ty španělská jména, ostrov, z velké části neprobádaný. Prostě kouzelná knížečka s kouzelným, napínavým, nenáročným samozřejmě, příběhem. I was really happy when Isabella wasn't one of those special snowflake characters who find out she has magical powers. She was a normal human that had a magical way with maps. It wasn't the case where its only her to save the day but her best friend Lupe also played a massive role in saving Joya (the island). This is definitely a book that younger readers will be captivated by but there is plenty to like about this magical tale for people of all ages. Il ritmo della narrazione è travolgente, incalzante anche se a tratti molto lento e noioso, rendendoti difficile rimanere concentrati a lungo.

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