Inkheart was the first book I ever read by Cornelia Funke. It’s actually a rather funny story how I got into her books. My sister was dating this guy who had purchased the movie of Inkheart because he thought Nikki would like it. She in turn thought I would like it. After watching it, I came across the book in my school’s library (we had to read books and take tests on the computer for part of our grades in English. I got enough points from the trilogy that I was good for the rest of the year! Haha), and I decided to read it. I devoured it in three hours. It was absolutely incredible! The movie was good, but the book was just absolutely breathtaking.
Author: Cornelia Funke
Rating: 5 stars
One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.
Cornelia Funke is definitely a master at storytelling. Her words can draw you in and make you feel as if your veins are nothing but the ink her books are printed with. I love the idea of a person who can read characters out of books (uhm, can I have Hentzau, please? Or just be sent to his world. Either works.)
Most people love Dustfinger, and I will admit, he was great, but I loved the young heroine Meggie. Cornelia Funke has always written her female characters beautifully (I’ve read a lot of books where the writer tries to make the female strong and they just come across as obnoxious.) The relationship with Meggie and Mo came off the page very well, and it made me wish that I actually had grown up with a father figure like Mo.
Her villians are always spot on as well. I don’t know if I feared Capricorn or Basta more! I'm pretty sure the Shadow gave some people nightmares as well, though!
I loved, loved, loved Elinor. She was the greatest sassy, old bookworm I’ve ever read. I’m afraid I’m going to end up like her…except without the gorgeous library (because mine will just be filled with copies of the Mirrorworld series! With my two sets of the Inkheart Trilogy as well, of course.)
The plot was crazy fast, and you won’t want to put it down. You’ll be dying to jump into the next book…because, trust me, they only get more amazing.