I absolutely LOVED Anne Ursu's The Real Boy. This fantasy novel was wonderfully charming. I definitely loved the characters. My favorite being Oscar and Callie, of course. I thought the world-building was wonderful. It was just different enough to be strange and delightful without being overwhelming. I liked discovering the differences between The Barrow and the city of Asteri too. I thought the premise was mysterious and compelling. Secrets. Lies. Monsters. Magic. There are so many reasons to recommend it, but, the most powerful reason of all is Oscar's narrative itself. I think Oscar alone should prove powerful enough to hook readers.
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