I fell in love with this book the moment I saw the cover. I've never heard of the author - and to be fair the back section about the author says that this is the first of her books to be translated into English - but I loved the idea. What avid reader wouldn't. Imagine being able to literally jump into your favourite novel and watch it play out, even interact with the characters. As an addicted reader and a dedicated writer, there was so much about this story that appealed to me.
Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay. Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House - but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As exciting as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger - someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts - at whatever cost.
I liked Amy and understood all to well about her need to escape from a horrible high school life that had taken a decidedly nasty turn - social media suckathon - and I think this helped me to connect to her and how much book jumping meant to her and would have to me. I too would have plunged head first into finding out what was ripping apart my favourite stories, even if that did in the end lead me into trouble. She is a very well written character. The author sets out the scenes very vividly so it isn't hard to image that you are standing there with Amy and Will on Shakespeare's Seat trying to unravel a mystery.
The only thing that bothered me a little was that book characters were completely aware they were characters in a story and that their story has to play out as it was written - even if that means they die, they just do it repeatedly over and over again - as is testament by the character of Werther who at one point had to leave the adventure because he was late for his suicide.
Although I will happily recommend this book, as it is a completely enthralling read, I feel that I must warn about the ending. This is not a HEA fairy story though it does have some of those qualities to it. I am however, sort of hoping, that we will perhaps encounter Amy again. I don't feel her story is quite over.