Imagine being able to jump into any novel, to get to walk side-by-side with your favorite characters as they work their way through the plot of a beloved tale. Is that not the coolest idea ever?! Does that not just make your bookish heart ache with longing to be able to do exactly that?! Well, The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser will give you a taste what that might actually be like.
I recommend pairing The Book Jumper with The Scribbler Yalumba Wine, purely for the fact that the bookish themes of both perfectly compliment the other.
Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.
Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.
I fell head over heels in love with the concept of this book as soon as I read the description. The idea of being able to literally waltz right into my favorite novels is beyond a dream come true for me, as I’m sure it is for all you book lovers. While I didn’t like the book itself QUITE as much as I liked the concept, I did enjoy it.
Amy Lennox is a very likable main character, and the beginning of this one started out very strong for me with the unconventional relationship she has with her mother and the trauma she encounters while being bullied at school. All of which drives them to spend some time away at her mother’s mysterious and magical childhood home.
There were some incredible world-building elements. I loved the magic of the henge that played a role in the magic of book jumping. I loved the hidden library. I loved the feuding families. I just felt like the author touched on all of these elements, but didn’t delve quite deeply enough into them to really suck me into the story.
I also really enjoyed the way that the Amy skips through the various classic novels that she visits in this story. While I would have liked to have seen just a little bit more of each of them, I thought that part was well done overall.
My main criticism with this book was that there are several characters and subplots introduced that are left hanging at the end. I feel that with another hundred pages of world-building and subplot wrap-ups, this book would have been truly incredible.
As it is, I did enjoy it and would certainly recommend it to any book lover.
I LOVED this cover. Not only is it perfect for the book, but it reminded me A LOT of all that GORGEOUS book art that is all over Pinterest right now.
While Will has his swoon-worthy moments, I just don’t feel like there was enough romantic tension built up throughout the novel to really consider him literary crushable. Again, another hundred pages of development could have done the trick!
I would like to thank NetGalley and Feiwel and Friends for giving me the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
*Wine Recommendations are, of course, for those of legal drinking age only.*