How many times have we wished that we could step into the pages of a book? To wander through Diagon Alley or Rivendell? To walk through Violet Vale with Anne Shirley? Or that our favourite characters would come out? Hanging out with Harriet the Spy or Nancy Drew? Adventuring with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn?

The reality of such an event is almost unthinkable. But Cornelia Funke thought it in Inkheart and added the caveat that for everything that goes comes into our world something must go out of it. And some people have the voice to make that happen.

Meggie had no idea that she lived with such realities. Her father instilled in her a love of books but never read aloud to her. Books and their contents were more her friends then actual people.

Then one night she sees a man standing below her window and her world is turned upside down. She and her father run away to hide at a friend's place - a friend who it turns out is her not-present mother's aunt. Hide from what? Meggie's not entirely sure but it has something to do with an evil character named Capricorn. Taken with them is a book that Meggie's father Mo will not let her see. Mo has never let her not see before. He wasn't the type to keep secrets from her. What is it about this book that makes it special? Why does Mo fear it? And what on earth is he hiding from her?

Magical and enchanting I can see why so many people have loved this book and the series. Inkspell is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. And Inkdeath will be released this fall. Sometimes I like being late on the series train - it makes the waiting so much more bearable.

Great book and I'm happy for the Once Upon a Time II Challenge for kicking me in the butt to read this (and to mark it off my A-Z challenge as well).

(And does anyone else find it ironic that this would be a great book to read aloud???)