Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

, 307 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by HarperCollins

Book Description:

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.

My Review:

Now that's classy. A good whiff of adventure and fantasy, that it was. Liesl & Po had so many elements of a great story I was practically drowning in them. Liesl is lonely and probably the most lovable character I've read in a long time. She soon becomes introduced by characters that made her and the story so enamoring to the point where any reader would long to have their world transformed into such a place.

Kind of.

All the characters: Liesl, Po, Will...every single one of them were so great and so alive. They came together like thunder clouds in a blue sky because the story had sorrow and hope so bright it was almost blinding.

Above all, my favorite part about the book was the writing. Lauren Oliver has the gift of sharing stories that appeal to most readers and I'm proud to be one of her newest fan.

Oh, and great job



  1. Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. I also really liked the writing style. This was my first book by Lauren but it won't be my last for sure!

    Xpresso Reads

  2. I can't wait for this to get in for me at the library! I'm in the queue now! I loved the cover art and actually had no idea until recently that there were actual illustrations inside! It sounds and looks like a beautiful story! Great review! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  3. I love the look of this book- thanks for the review. I really liked the other books by Lauren Oliver but have been on the fence about this one because it looks like a children's book, but I've seen a few glowing reviews of it now- gotta get it!