So the video version of the Sticky Note Review is back online. And, as I say every time I take a break from making videos, I forgot how much I enjoy the filming and editing process. I’m glad to be back at it.
Before we get to the review, can I take a second and gush over the cover? I don’t know whether it’s the deep blue or the contrasting oranges and pinks, but I quite love the cover of this book. (I know, I know, the photo, itself, is in black and white. For full color glory, press play below.)
There’s a brief synopsis at the beginning of the video. It’s a 3 min watch. And I left some bonus commentary below.
I did feel like the knowledge demands for this novel were pretty high. The world building hinged on, at the very least, a basic understanding of Neverland (Peter Pan), Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland), and Avalon (King Arthur), among others. There’s a rich context that is also slightly obscured if you aren’t familiar with how the narratives from Disneyified fairy tales are also represented in cultures from around the world.
That isn’t to say that someone without these contexts couldn’t enjoy the story.
I know that at one point I was having serious geographical issues because my knowledge of Avalon places it behind the veil at Glastonbury (in England). Of course, the way the crew reaches Avalon could be equated to crossing behind a veil…
I know that as I read there were references to fairy tales that I missed – that I don’t have knowledge of. And if my reading life weren’t so fast and furious right now, I probably would have looked them up, making my reading experience just that more rich and nuanced.
Now I don’t say all that to say I didn’t enjoy the story, because I really did. I’m excited for the next installment. (This is the kind of thing I really like, btw.) I’m hopeful that when the second book comes out I won’t have other reading obligations and will be able to savor the narrative in a way I wasn’t able to this time.
Until next time, readers: Happy reading, and don’t forget to be awesome.