Monday, November 18, 2019

MMGM on Tuesday - Liesl & Po

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Liesel & Po
by Lauren Oliver

Goodreads Blurb:
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.
I was in love with this book by the time I finished reading Lauren's note to readers at the very beginning. That's right--BEFORE I had even read page one! It's no secret that I struggled with the endings of both Before I Fall and Delirium (although I LOVED Delirium) but this book is a whole different flavor.

Liesl is so utterly loveable; I adore her. And Po is . . . wow. And Will? I love him. My heart ached for him at first. The characters in this story feel like they could just walk off the page and into your heart forever. 

The writing is just as wonderful as the characters. Her world building is powerful, but it felt effortless. Her descriptions and dialogue flow like water. Some of my favorite lines are almost like afterthoughts or asides in their simplicity, yet they are incredible and powerful and musical--deep thoughts at their best

Happy Monday!


Anna Staniszewski said...

This books sounds right up my alley (and I loved Oliver's other books). I can't wait to read it!

Joanne R. Fritz said...

Great choice for MMGM, Shannon. Can you believe I have the arc sitting on my TBR stack and haven't read it yet? I'll be sure to get to it soon. Thanks. I love the way you talk about the characters walking off the page and into your heart. Lovely!

Carolyn V said...

One of your favs? Okay, it's on the list. ;)

Carolyn V said...

Oh...and that was a great trailer! Wow!

Abby Annis said...

Sounds awesome! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review! :)

Karen Harrington said...

I can't wait to read this book. It's on its way to me now.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I neeed this book :)

bfav said...

I've been excited for this book too. I'm drooling now that I've read your review. Blast I was just starting to dent my TBR pile.

Old Kitty said...

HAPPY DANCE for Shannon!! Yay!!

And thank you for the intro and review of this amazing book - it sounds so lovely, I went "oh wow!" after reading the blurb! Take care

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss shannon! hooray for the other miss shannon!!!! :) this sounds like a pretty neat book. i like magic and friend stuff.
...hugs from lenny

Jonathon Arntson said...

The trailer BLEW MY MIND. I cannot wait to read this book. Holy kapow!

Maeve Frazier said...

Thank you for the intro and the review. I can't wait to read this book.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I so can't wait to read this. It's already on my reserve list at the library.

And I'm so excited for Shannon.

Jemi Fraser said...

I don't have this one yet! Next trip to the book store I'll fix that!

Catherine Denton said...

This book sounds inspiring! (Love the name) And now I'm off to read Shannon's awesome news...

Janet Johnson said...

This one sounds really good! I love Middle Grade books so much, I should really join the MG Monday thing. :) I'm just terrible at reviewing books.

And isn't Shannon's news awesome?! So excited for her. :D

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