Sunday, March 24, 2019

Let's Talk: "Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows" by J.M. Bergen

Title: Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
Author: J.M. Bergen
Series: "Thomas Wildus" #1
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: February 2, 2019
Date Started: March 20, 2019
Date Finished: March 22, 2019 
Rating: 4.25 // 5 stars

*I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own*

I was super excited to read this book when I got a copy of it. I've been reading a lot of very high fantasy, a lot of dense books for school, and just some books that have been disappointing. I was hoping that this would be a bit of a palate cleanser between books.

This book was so fun and lighthearted, yet tackles current issues in a way that makes them accessible to younger readers. I found that I couldn't put the book down by the time I was a little over halfway. I ended up reading most of this in a day and it was so fun!

The main thing I enjoyed about this book was just how fun it was and how quick of a read it was for me. I liked reading about Thomas and his adventures. He was such a good character and his interactions with those around him were spot on. My favorite thing, I think, about this book was Thomas's friendship with his best friend, Enrique. Just the unrequited excited friendship that these two share isn't something that we typically read about for older male characters. It was nice to see that younger readers are getting a good model.

The magic was also interesting. I would have liked to explore it a little bit better, but again, as this is a middle grade it made sense to not overload the book with complex descriptions of how the magic works. I honestly would love to have the magic that Thomas has. There's a lot of different aspects of it that were really fun to explore.

The plot was pretty good. I was able to read the book pretty quickly because the plot moved at a relatively fast pace which I enjoyed. I am excited to see where things go in the next book and how little things that were mentioned in this book play into the next few books.

Overall, this was a fun read and I had such a good time experiencing this story. I felt a wave of nostalgia the entire time I was reading this book for middle grade books and I'm glad that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. I'm super excited to see what happens in the next book, though I'm a bit sad I have to wait almost a year for it! I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers everywhere!

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