Monday, November 07, 2011

Review: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Title: Liesl & Po
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Source: Publisher

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.
Review: I think it’s no surprise that Lauren Oliver is one of my all time favorite authors. Before I Fall and Delirium blew me away and I couldn’t wait to read Liesl & Po, her third book and first middle grade. Beautifully written, achingly sad but wonderful at the same time, Liesl & Po is one of the best middle grade books I’ve read.

Oh, the characters of this book was so, so wonderful. They had so many different traits to them and different backgrounds and stories that you would expect to get confused. But no, you don’t! Oliver’s way of putting the stories of these characters together into her story without confusing anyone. Liesl, Po, and all the other characters were written really well. I saw from the eyes of these characters to get a great, full view of this story.

Lauren Oliver said that this was the most personal book she had ever written and I can understand why. There was so much emotion in this book but it wasn’t over done and it didn’t skim over any of it. Throughout the book, the emotions and the characters seem to work in harmony making the plot flow without problems. Her writing is once again amazing. The writing had a lyrical, harmonious feel and the words seemed to flow off my tongue without hesitation.

Liesl & Po was an enchanting, heartbreakingly beautiful book about losing someone you love and making it out alright. You HAVE to read this book. There are beautiful illustrations in this book that makes reading this book all the more fun!

Overall: 5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—GEORGOUS. Lauren Oliver has some of the best covers out there. This cover goes so well with the story and I LOVE how all those people are people from the story!

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