My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: October 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Anna of Arendelle wants nothing more than to be helpful to her older sister, Elsa. But as far as Anna can see, ever since Elsa’s coronation, her sister has been doing just fine without her. And now, Elsa will be setting sail for a grand tour of the world–leaving Anna behind. But a mysterious sickness strikes Arendelle, and Elsa’s tour is delayed, giving Anna the perfect opportunity to finally help. When Anna discovers a secret room in the castle and incants a magic spell, she hopes it will make her dream of curing the sickness come true. Instead, a more sinister dream comes to life.
Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of Forest of Shadows, in exchange for an honest review!
Forest of Shadows is a novel that bridges the story between Frozen 1 and Frozen 2. I assume this is classed as a middle grade novel, but there are some themes that could even lean it a little more towards YA. I absolutely adored being back in the world of Arendelle. I have a three year old, I’ve seen Frozen 1 approximately seventeen billion times and we’ve already seen Frozen 2 three times at the cinema, ok? And we won’t even talk about how often we dance around the house to the soundtracks, but I digress. This story wasn’t even a ‘filler’, it was a brilliant story in it’s own right, with the characters we already love. There were also so many explanations of both girls’ individual feelings that made the second movie just that bit more special after reading it.
When a strange sickness falls over Arendelle – making all the animals fall into a fitful sleep, Anna hopes to be able to find a cure, and after she discovers a secret room full of old books, including magical spell books, she’s sure one of them will be the answer. But the spell she reads from the book doesn’t quite work the way she’d hoped and she finds her family and kingdom in even more trouble than before. All the elements that make Frozen wonderful were still there – a journey, sisters finding their place in the world and, of course, my favourites – Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.
I’d highly recommend this to any Frozen fan, young or old! Seeing Frozen 2 before reading this book is not necessary, there are no spoilers for the second movie!
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