My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For as long as Lottie Fiske can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot’s getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless.
And then a door opens in the apple tree.
Follow Lottie down through the apple roots to another world—a world of magic both treacherous and beautiful—in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.
This is such a richly-imagined book with a world that's so easy to fall into (pun intended). I didn't want to leave! The characters are complicated and likable, Lottie in particular. I also really loved Oliver, who speaks mostly in poetry. The use of language is enviable; this book is amazingly well-written. Highly recommended for those who love a good escape into a fantasy world!
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