Friday, 18 December 2009

The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

From Amazon: While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies...

I haven't been this excited about a book for quite a while. The Thirteen Treasures is absolutely fantastic, and I can't believe it took me so long to read it.

Michelle Harrison's writing is brilliant, and I now see why she won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. It's quite rare for a book to appeal to me on every level possible, but this one managed it. I loved the characters, the setting, the mystery and the extensive faerie mythology. I was hooked from the first paragraph, and didn't want to put it down for anything.

The quaint-sounding Tickey End is a great location for this adventure to unfold, and I could easily imagine faeries roaming the vividly described woods and surrounding areas. The faeries themselves were fascinating, and I loved the different types that Tanya encountered. My stand-out favourite would have to be Brunswick, an ugly little goblin with a kind heart and thoughts for someone other than himself. I've always been drawn to little creatures, and as soon as he appeared on the page, I was firmly on his side.

As a main character, Tanya was everything I'd hoped for. She was endearing and likeable, and didn't have any irritating qualities or traits. She was trusting and helpful to those around her, and always treated the faeries with respect. Her loyalty and friendship to Fabian was sweet and innocent, and his unwavering dedication to her really shone through at the end of the story. Without him, things would have turned out very differently.

The Thirteen Treasures is a magical, enchanting read, and I can't wait to read The Thirteen Curses. It's about as perfect as a debut novel gets, and is a book that should be on everyone's radar.

11 comments:

Becky said...

Goodness, I hadn't even thought about reading this. I shall add it to my to-read list on Goodreads and order a copy for the school library.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

OHH sounds like it's a great book, I already added it to my "to read" pile on goodreads :) Thanks for the awesome review!

Thao said...

Sound like this book appeals to you a lot. I so want to give it a try. The synopsis seems great.

Cat said...

Yay! Yay! YAY!!! I am so happy you (finally - ha!) read this and loved it!! It's one of my *treasures" from this year. Not only is this book brilliant, the author is a fantastic person.

I already have 13 Curses on preorder with the Book Depository - only a couple of weeks to go!! Can't wait!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I LOVED this book. I can't wait to get stuck into the next one either. Great review, Jenny!

Chicklish said...

Great to hear how much you enjoyed it!

I Want To Read That said...

Glad you enjoyed it - I really liked it too:)

Andrea said...

Sounds so great, I will have to check it out.

Kate said...

I loved this book too. I think the cover was the reason it took me so long to read this book!

Lauren said...

Fantastic review! I'm planning to read this one during this week, and you've definitely gotten me even more excited about it. Recommendations don't come better than 'perfect'!

Anonymous said...

OMG! This looks awesome! Can't wait to get my hands on it!