Review: “Liesl & Po” by Lauren Oliver
Review Copy: NetGalley
Description From Goodreads:
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable
Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Let me first start off by saying that this is the first book I’ve read by Lauren Oliver. I’ve had “Delirium” sitting on my shelf to be read since its release day, but for some reason or another, I have yet to start it. After finishing “Liesl & Po”, however, her MG debut, I’m going to have to work on finding time to read “Delirium”.
“Liesl & Po” is a fantastic MG novel. It’s about Liesl, a young girl forced to live in the attic by her stepmother after her father’s death. One night, Po and Bundle, both from the other side (ghosts), appear in the attic after noticing Liesl has stopped drawing. When Po tells her that it’ll try and locate her father on the other side, she promises to make him a drawing. Which brings us to Will, an orphan and the alchemist’s apprentice. On his way to make a delivery for the alchemist, Will stops to stare up at Liesl’s window. It’d been days since he’d seen her face in the window and he was starting to become alarmed, so he waits, hoping to see her face even though he’s running late with his delivery. When Liesl appears in the window, Will is elated. They don’t know each other, but Liesl is almost like a light that shines on his dark life. When Will accidentally mixes up the box containing the alchemist’s greatest power with a box full of ashes, he will set off on a journey that will lead him right to Liesl.
The characters are wonderful. The illustrations that go along with the text allow the reader to easily envision what is taking place. Overall, this was a pleasant read and I’d recommend it to those looking for a great MG novel.