First Line: Once upon a time--for that is how all stories should begin--there was a boy who lost his mother.
Summary: That boy is twelve-year-old David. Grieving for his mother, David turns to his books for comfort. But the stories whispering through their pages want something from him in return. As his mother once told him, "Stories wanted to be read. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours." Only this time, they manage to lure David into their world instead--a world full of strange creatures, twisted fairy tales and dark magic. Now David must somehow find his way back home.
My Thoughts: David is a great character--still only a boy, lost and alone and having to battle his own fears, anger, and jealousy, all while struggling to grow up; I liked him a lot. I also liked the characters he meets on his journey, especially The Woodsman. In many ways, this book reminded me of the second half of the musical Into The Woods. Parts made me laugh, other parts made me sad; but altogether, this book has an ending worth reaching. Despite its premise and fairy-tale aspects, it is shelved in adult fiction. Go figure. So, if you want to lose yourself in a good read, check this one out.