Emma, der Faun und das vergessene Buch

Emma, der Faun und das vergessene Buch

Als Emma beim Aufräumen in der Bibliothek ihres Internats ein altes Notizbuch findet, denkt sie zunächst, es wäre eine Art Chronik der Schule. Aber es ist genau umgekehrt: Alles, was man in dieses Buch hineinschreibt, wird tatsächlich wahr. Natürlich beginnt Emma sofort damit, den Schulalltag auf Schloss Stolzenburg ein wenig zu „korrigieren“. Doch nichts geschieht so, wie...

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Title:Emma, der Faun und das vergessene Buch
Author:Mechthild Gläser
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Emma, der Faun und das vergessene Buch Reviews

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  • Danya

    Updated (January 4, 2018) with full review:

    : I was on the fence for the first 5 or 6 chapters of this book, but really ended up enjoying it (and polishing it off in a day!). Initially I kept trying to figure out which character was supposed to represent which Austen character (as I knew the book was Austen-inspired) and I was seeing all the parallels. This was kind of distracting for me, especially considering that it pulled from both

    and

    , which seemed disco

    Updated (January 4, 2018) with full review:

    : I was on the fence for the first 5 or 6 chapters of this book, but really ended up enjoying it (and polishing it off in a day!). Initially I kept trying to figure out which character was supposed to represent which Austen character (as I knew the book was Austen-inspired) and I was seeing all the parallels. This was kind of distracting for me, especially considering that it pulled from both

    and

    , which seemed discordant, since it wasn't following one story or the other, but a mishmash.

    However, once the magical book was introduced, this became its own story (just with elements of Austen).

    : The fantastical, magical aspect of the story. The premise of a book that makes whatever is written in it come true was explored in interesting (and sometimes bittersweet) ways. I loved the connection to fairy tales and folklore, and the messages in this story about the power of words, and the danger of trying to make wishes come true (that could end up having unforeseen consequences!). It certainly showed magic to be a double-edged sword. Plus, the whole idea of this magical book totally gave me

    vibes!

    I'd flesh out some of the side characters. Charlotte and Hannah seemed very similar to me, and apart from their alignment with their Jane Austen counterparts (

    ) I didn't feel like they had much personality. I also felt like Darcy fell into stereotype, and could have been explored more. I was okay with the romance but I wasn't crazy about it — while I liked their initial bickering dynamic, I thought it moved quite suddenly to an "Oh, I'm in love with him" realization without a smooth transition.

    I'd also tighten up the middle of the story; it felt a little drawn-out, where for a while they kept getting clues but not getting any closer to solving the mystery! (However, I liked the mystery itself, which was very intriguing and kept me hooked, and when the reveals happened, they were well done and unexpected.)

    and you want to read a story set in a boarding school with magical elements (a la

    or

    ), but tinged with a haunting, bittersweet mystery, then this book could be what you're looking for.

    did I miss something, or did the storyline involving (

    ) get totally dropped?

    I liked Emma's voice. She was a little immature and made mistakes, but she wasn't

    immature; she realized when she made mistakes and was willing to admit it.

    This is the sort of book that both makes you want to believe in magic and fear it at the same time. Definitely recommend!

    I received this as an ARC for review from the publisher.

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    Initial reaction: Polished this one off in a day, and really enjoyed it! I liked Emma's voice, and the mystery was engaging and kept me hooked. The premise of the book that makes whatever is written in it come true was explored in interesting (and sometimes bittersweet) ways. This is the sort of book that both makes you want to believe in magic and fear it at the same time.

    Fuller review to come, but I definitely recommend it!

  • Margaux

    This was definitely a new twist on

    for me. I've seen zombies, but I've never seen magical books.

    Emma discovers an ancient tome in her boarding school's abandoned library and soon finds that everything written in it comes true. Whether she likes it or not, the things she writes can't be un-written (believe her, she's tried to cross them out), and while some situations she finds herself in are unbelievable (like the lion in the middle of the forest in Germany), some are very g

    This was definitely a new twist on

    for me. I've seen zombies, but I've never seen magical books.

    Emma discovers an ancient tome in her boarding school's abandoned library and soon finds that everything written in it comes true. Whether she likes it or not, the things she writes can't be un-written (believe her, she's tried to cross them out), and while some situations she finds herself in are unbelievable (like the lion in the middle of the forest in Germany), some are very gruesome. When a flip comment affects the health of those around her she starts to take it more seriously. Darcy is in this one, and while Emma doesn't have any siblings, she does have best friends at boarding school that fill the Jane and Charlotte roles.

    Emma is a great character, and the main flaws I found with her were in her maturity. I'll chalk that up to the fact that I'm not 16, and she definitely acts her age. It's also important to remember that they're in Germany, and the drinking/dating ages are different than they are in America. Certain situations (Darcy's age, for example) could be a little uncomfortable otherwise. I wish he was maybe 17 or 18?

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    I give this book 4 out of 5 Magical Stars! I really enjoyed this book! First off, the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS! This was slow at first but once I got into it, I couldn’t get enough of its magic!

    This book was a retelling of not one but two Jane Austen books and I couldn’t help myself but to try and figure out who was compared to whom at certain points. When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I crossed my fingers and toes that I would get approved for this title.

    I mean what bibliophile woul

    I give this book 4 out of 5 Magical Stars! I really enjoyed this book! First off, the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS! This was slow at first but once I got into it, I couldn’t get enough of its magic!

    This book was a retelling of not one but two Jane Austen books and I couldn’t help myself but to try and figure out who was compared to whom at certain points. When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I crossed my fingers and toes that I would get approved for this title.

    I mean what bibliophile wouldn’t be allured by a story with a magical book, throw in some romance,and have a setting of a beautiful castle?

    I loved the characterisationin this book besides I felt a couple characters were underdeveloped. I loved the subtle mystery and definitely loved the setting! I am definitely looking forward to what this author has in store for us next!

    To find the rest of this review and others please visit touchmyspinebookreviews.com

  • Kayla

    This book was so good and nearly as good as its companion novel. The book is so magical and whimsical and I'll definitely be looking out for more books by this author.

  • Avni Gupta

    *I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway* 3.5/5 When I read the summary for this book, I was super excited to read it- a magical book and a boarding school in Europe, what could be better? I had a really hard time getting into it at the beginning- Emma came off as a shallow, whiny teenager at the beginning and I hated her voice, but as the book got more plot heavy, I either got more used to her voice or she got less annoying. All in all, I think this is one of those 2017 reads you shouldn't miss

    *I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway* 3.5/5 When I read the summary for this book, I was super excited to read it- a magical book and a boarding school in Europe, what could be better? I had a really hard time getting into it at the beginning- Emma came off as a shallow, whiny teenager at the beginning and I hated her voice, but as the book got more plot heavy, I either got more used to her voice or she got less annoying. All in all, I think this is one of those 2017 reads you shouldn't miss.

  • Amy

    Roommate: "Pride and Prejudice."

    Me: "Say no more!"

    *reads synopsis*

    "Just kidding! Say more! What?"

    Despite the slightly odd description, I gave this book a try and found it rather charming. It reminded me of a

    book, minus Gier's super immature heroines. (Yay!) Is it just the nature of German YA to sound similar? IDK, GO READ THE BOOK AND TELL ME.

    I loved the heroine, Emma. She's spunky & sunny and somehow breaks the usual YA heroine mold. She felt like a real extrovert. She a

    Roommate: "Pride and Prejudice."

    Me: "Say no more!"

    *reads synopsis*

    "Just kidding! Say more! What?"

    Despite the slightly odd description, I gave this book a try and found it rather charming. It reminded me of a

    book, minus Gier's super immature heroines. (Yay!) Is it just the nature of German YA to sound similar? IDK, GO READ THE BOOK AND TELL ME.

    I loved the heroine, Emma. She's spunky & sunny and somehow breaks the usual YA heroine mold. She felt like a real extrovert. She also

    and figures things out fairly fast. I love her relationship with her friends (I'm always going to be a sucker for strong female friendships) and with her Dad. Pretty cute.

    The fairy tale/fantasy element also added immensely to the story. It took a bit to get going but, especially as the book neared its climax, it really developed things. Very creative and imaginative!

    Yet the very imaginative and creative nature of the faun and the book leaves me extra frustrated with the thing that drew me to

    in the first place...the P&P retelling. Or the Jane Austen references in general. They weren't needed. This author has plenty of originality to tell her own story. No Darcy needed. Copying the romance from P&P just made things predictable. I like the way author tweaked his first proposal. That seemed more realistic....but still kind of stupid (and unlikely). Darcy and Frederick echoed their literary counterparts too closely. They lost the originality of the other characters.

    I will keep an eye out for more from this author! Thank you for sharing, Michelle!

  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

    . —Darcy

    Ever since I watched the 2005 film adaptation of

    , Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have been one of my favorite couples to root for. It even came to a point that I watched it after every exam week in college as a means of refreshing myself. Basically,

    holds a special place in my heart, so I am wary about reading its modern retellings.

    Unfortunately, when I requested this book f

    . —Darcy

    Ever since I watched the 2005 film adaptation of

    , Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have been one of my favorite couples to root for. It even came to a point that I watched it after every exam week in college as a means of refreshing myself. Basically,

    holds a special place in my heart, so I am wary about reading its modern retellings.

    Unfortunately, when I requested this book from the publisher, I didn't expect it to be an actual retelling of

    . (The name of the male protagonist should've been a red flag.) I previously enjoyed

    , so I was excited to enjoy another unique and wonderful novel. Little did I know that I would be burdened by jadedness after each chapter of

    ; it was frustratingly easy to predict the plot, particularly the outcome of Emma and Darcy's relationship and the identity of the villain.

    To be fair, this book was not a complete replica of

    in that its main conflict revolved around a magical book/diary that supposedly made Darcy's beloved sister disappear without a trace. Also, the German setting was vivid, endearing, and quite reminiscent of Hogwarts. I bet it would be so much fun to study in a castle surrounded by such beautiful nature.

    I didn't care a lot about the characters in

    . In retrospect, Darcy and Emma paled in comparison to the original Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. The miscommunication between them was kinda shallow, and their romance blossomed instantaneously. I honestly wouldn't have minded if Darcy and Emma had hated each other throughout the book because their "love" was so unconvincing. All in all, the "recycled" plot points in

    were unsuccessful because they didn't evoke the giddy feelings that I had had when I watched/read

    .

    I'm sorry, but it's hard not to make comparisons because this book is indeed a retelling. Looking at the bright side, I guess people who haven't read nor watched

    would find this book enjoyable (and hard to predict). Also, it's whimsical plot and writing style might appeal to fans of middle-grade fiction.

    To conclude, 15-year-old me (who couldn't understand

    ) would have given

    a higher rating. I wish that it had done justice to dear Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, but it's futile to cry over spilled milk. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book became

    someday.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Like the synopsis, love the cover, therefore, I am sold

  • Mary H

    Yeah, I'll read it. These covers are stunning, and also, I quite liked The Book Jumper.

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