Pages & Co: Tilly and the Lost Fairytales by Anna James (Book Review)

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Lost Fairytales by Anna James

Published by: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Released: 19th September 2019

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. The curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a series from a uniquely talented author.

Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc . . . 

On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after?

The second enthralling tale in the bestselling PAGES CO series.

Thoughts

After reading book one (Tilly and the Book Wanderers) in this delightful series earlier this year and loving it, I was so desperate to read book two and was over the moon when I received an early copy! I was so excited to get back into Tilly’s world of book wandering once more.

Tilly and the Lost Fairytales picks up just after where book one ended and does a great job at reminding you of what happened in Tilly and The Book Wanderers, which in my opinion is great for those of us who tend to forget what’s happened in a previous book in a series. We see how Tilly’s mum is adapting to her new life, how the underlibrary is adapting after the events of book one and ultimately how Tilly is adjusting to life as a book wanderer, with some fairy tale magic woven in.

First up, I just want to say that the main setting in this book was just beautiful! We are put right into the heart of Paris at Christmastime as if I’m being honest, it got me into the festive mood despite me reading this in August at the height of summer. The descriptions of the city and it’s bookshops had me aching to plan a trip there during the winter and I know I’ll have to visit it at christmastime someday.

In the first book of this series, despite it being amazing I felt like not everyone knew the book characters that were featured. However, as Tilly and the Lost Fairytales focuses on yep you guessed it fairytales, I feel like all readers will know the book characters involved in the plot line. This, in turn, will help readers become immersed in the magic of book wandering and make them wish they could book wander too.

The plot in Tilly and the Lost Fairytales certainly took you on a big journey and yes, there were many twists and turns and at times, shocks. The fact that you got to visit different fairytales and meet characters such as Prince Charming and Rapunzel just made it for me. You get to see an almost different side to these fairytales characters that you have grown up with and it just makes the whole book that little bit more unique.

The dynamic between Tilly and best friend Oskar was just, well, lovely. Usually in fiction the secondary character is just seen as a sidekick but this wasn’t the case. I felt like both characters came into their own a lot more in book two and their character development just grew tremendously. I got to know both of them personally and their strong friendship is one that I’m sure will continue to develop during the next book. Tilly and Oskar are certainly a dynamic duo!

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Lost Fairytales was a great sequel to what is looking set to be one of my favourite middle grade series of all time. It was beautifully written with book lovers in my mind, and you can really tell how much passion Anna James has for literature through this incredible world.

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