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Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog: Book Review ~ The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Review ~ The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Finished ~ The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
Completed 03/28/15
4 of 5 stars
280 page Kindle book

I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

The Nowhere Emporium is a cute children's book about a magical store that moves around in both geographical locations and time. Daniel stumbled across the store while trying to run away from some bullies, and is drawn into it's magical world.

This book was quite cute, even though it tried really really really (times 100) had to be The Night Circus. It was most definitely NOT The Night Circus. It lacked the beautiful language and flow of the The Night Circus. But it tried very hard.

Everything about it drew inspiration from TNC. I could list dozens of ways, but don't want to take the time plus it'd be spoilers, but some include ~ the whole thing existing because the rooms are described in a book, it opens at night and closes at dawn, a winter room, a room for wishes, an older ageless bad guy and a hotel that is lodging for the performers, that moves around with the shop. If you have read The Night Circus, you'll understand these, and if not, well lets just say, is very similar, or the same.

The Nowhere Emporium lacks in the real world feel of The Night Circus, but still is a cute story. The characters are likable enough, though there's really not a whole lot of character building. The building itself, and the rooms within are really neat, but it leaves you wanting more. The rooms are described in just the briefest of ways before moving on.

I still did really enjoy the book. It was cute, and a light easy read. It's definitely more geared for kids, though some adult fans of Middle Grade books may enjoy it as well. What it lacks, it makes up for with charm, though I'd love to see it with a lot more detail, and a little less exact ripoffs from The Night Circus.

Setting = A
Plot = B
Conflict = B
Characters = B
Theme = A

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