#bookreview The beginning of the world in the middle of the night by Jen Campbell published by @TwoRoadsBooks

‘I’m fascinated by storytelling, and particularly fairy tales. How humans have always tried to explain things that they can’t possibly understand with, sometimes outrageous, stories‘ ~ Jen Campbell

From the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book.

Amazon blurb:

‘These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.

That’s why I bought her heart online.’

Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.

A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.

A boy is worried his sister has two souls.

A couple are rewriting the history of the world.

And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

My reading experience:

As a lover of fantasy stories; mystical creatures, curiosities and an exploring the human psyche, this book fulfills all of your wildest most colourful dreams …

The first story is a fairytale in the style of the Grimm brothers. Hearts that are like pets, that can be bought online and tended to like plants.

This is just the beginning. Twelve magical stories unfold is an easy to read but mind-opening way that leaves the reader stretching their imagination, curious of other realities and astonished at the fantastical wonders our author brings.

Highly recommended. Thanks goes to Two Roads and Jen Campbell for my ARC.


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