The Forest in the Hallway

 
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The Forest in the Hallway
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November 13, 2006
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The afternoon of the day before her fourteenth birthday, Beatriz comes home from school to find her parents missing without a trace. After a brief, futile search, she is shipped off from her home in Des Moines to her uncle’s New York apartment, where she finds a portal to a peculiar magical land, and the starting point of an even more peculiar journey. Beatriz forms unlikely friendships with Death, a family of people with wings, assorted innkeepers, and two nameless orphans. After hair-raising encounters with a malevolent witch and her unpleasant assistants, Beatriz discovers that she has been much closer to home—and to her parents—than she initially believed.

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You know how sometimes really strange can be cool and different? That wasn't this book. It was weird from start to finish; one of those where I turned the last page and thought "what was the point?"

It started out promising with Beatriz walking down a little-used hallway in her uncle's apartment and ending up in a different place. Shortly after, she meets Death. Interesting, right? Well, Death was the most interesting part of the story and, sadly, he doesn't play a huge part.

There are some interesting characters and happenings, but they don't really make any sense. And by the time they do make sense, it just feels kind of lame. Of course, there's also the other "world" itself. It was basically Normal Land with some random things thrown in to make it feel a little different.

The Nutshell: Honestly, I didn't really care for The Forest in the Hallway. I was hoping for a magical story about a girl traveling to a magical forest/world on a search for her parents. What I got was a sometimes stupid/sometimes heroic girl traveling through a world similar to our own only with a witch, some people with dragonfly wings, and life-force vampires.

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