My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sophie is a 12 year old girl who lives with her grandmother ever sense the death of her parents. She desperately wants to take the trip up north to the City of the Dead not to send them over to the next life but to take them back to the land of the living. Her grandmother willing to take her along as she goes to send of her husband but only if Sophie can pay for her half of the trip.
I really don't know what I think to be honest. I was expecting something TOTALLY different then what I read. And I mean totally. I was expecting something a little more fantasy like I think. Yes it had elements of it, with the City of the Dead. But this book is more about the journey Sophie takes as she learns how to deal with the death of her parents. It's a story about different ways people cope with loss and finally being able to move on and let them go.
See I thought it was going to be a story of a young girls adventures in the City of the Dead not the means in how she got there, in fact there is not a whole lot of time or attention on this place once we finally get there which isn't until the end of the book pretty much.
So I was a little disappointed, but I have myself to blame as I was envisioning a different kind of story. But for what it was a journey, a coming of age story it was alright. I don't get how it's called a fairytale though, that part baffles me a little.
I was given a paperback copy for review from the author as a part of :
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