Magical middle grade: Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen #BookReview #Fantasy #MiddleGrade

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GIFTED / Today I am bringing you (finally) my review of a fantasy novel Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows. This book was published in February 2019 by Elandrian Press and the paperback version has 352 pages.
I want to say thank you to Kelsey Butts from Book Publicity Services for sending me a copy of this book.

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About the book:

FROM GOODREADS / Thomas thinks he’s an ordinary twelve year old, but when a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes gives him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows, the world he knows is turned upside down. Suddenly he’s faced with a secret family legacy, powers he can hardly begin to understand, and an enemy bent on destroying everything he holds dear. The more he reads and discovers, the deeper the danger to himself and the people he loves. As the race to the final showdown unfolds, Thomas must turn to trusted friends and uncertain allies as he seeks to prevent destruction at an epic scale.

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Review:

I’ve been a bad blogger. A very, very bad blogger, I admit.
I read Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows in early May, and it took me over a month to write my review.
The thing is, this book was my next-to-review pick last month before I had a bad experience considering my blog and reviews, so I took a step back from everything and stopped blogging for a while, so I could decide whether I want to continue with it at all.

So unfortunately, this little fantasy paid the price without it’s fall.

The good thing is, I am back and Thomas Wildus is now getting the review it deserves.
Unfortunately, since it has been a while since I finished it, this review will be short and simple.

Here are my feelings in five words: I really, really liked it.
My favourite part of the story was the humour. I find Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows to be funny and I can imagine it could make so many middle graders fall in love with reading if it finds it’s way to their hands.
When I better think about it, it could remind older generations why they fell in love with reading in the first place.

The main character, Thomas, was my favourite and at some points his sense of humour and the way he acted reminded me of Gio from Hard Love, who is one of my all time favourite book characters. They are very different, but still I could see the similarities.

I loved Thomas relationship with his best friend Enrique and every scene with them was a blast.

The book is written in third person and it is really easy to follow.
I’ve seen someone complaining that the dialogue was outdated, but to be honest, I didn’t notice. I guess I’m outdated too!

Anyway, I would recommend this book to every middle grader who likes fantasy, but also to adults that would like to read an urban fantasy novel that’s simple and fun.

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5 Comments

  1. Sometimes a great book only needs a short review to show your love for it. Your enjoyment of the book shines through in this review.
    I think you gave the author the ultimate compliment by saying this book could make people fall in love with reading.
    Amanda xx

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