How can I even express my disappointment? In Cornelia Funke. In the book. In the fact that the story had so much potential. I mean, come on. The setting is amazing, and it sounded amazing and I was so excited to read this book. After all Inkheart had stolen MY heart. Immediately. And my thoughts were YES another world, another book to whisk me away from reality.
So I suppose you want to know what I did not like about this book – because it wasn’t the story. The story was amazing. If it had been told better…well I am sure that my eyes would have been glued to the page. Alas, this was not the case. The narrative felt flat. Also little miss Funke threw me into the story and I started out with thoughts like WHERE AM I? WHO IS JACOB? WHAT IN THE NAME OF THE JEEPERS IS GOING ON? I was so confused! And then there was the mirror, and suddenly Jacob was grown up, and his brother was grown up and there were so many things that could have been amazing, but weren’t. The main reason: I had absolutely NO connection to the characters. I knew that Jacob and Will’s father was missing. I knew that they were brothers. That is pretty much it.
So there they are in this Mirrorworld, and all at once Will is turning to stone and Jacob has a weird second narrative in his head. Oh yeah and Will is hopelessly in love with Clara, who suddenly appears with absolutely no mention before the fact. SO CONFUSING. SO anyways. I could not connect to the characters, because Miss Funke wouldn’t let me. At times it felt like a play by play. He opened the latch. Then there were lizards. The lizards were brown. The brown lizards jumped. (For the record, I made that up, but that is pretty much what it felt like.) There were no FEELS in the writing. Don’t get me wrong, the characters had feelings, but I was just kept faaaar away from them. The writing felt cold and distant, as if a detached third party were telling it, who did not care about them at all, and did not care about what was happening.
Now that I have started the series, I must finish. I already have the other two books. But at this point I am just hoping that Cornelia gets more in tune with her characters as the story goes on.