I received a copy from the author to read and review in return.
This is not the first book I have read by C.E. Wilson, and I definitely hope this won't be the last. As many book reviewers may agree, some books your read and review are solely for the author... and other books you review purely for yourself and of course eventually for your readers ;). This is defintiely one of those books and an author which I gladly would like to read and review any of their books, any day, any time. C.E. Wilson has such an amazing imagination and way of story telling, and this shows predominantly in her book, To Nowhere. As from her previous book which I have read (Oath of Servitude) where the reader is plunged into a world of mystic and wonder of fairies and magic, our protagonist in "To Nowhere" is driven headfirst (literally) into a world full of giants and things which only belong to someone's wildest imagination.
We start off getting to know our main character, Lyris. She is quite the spoiled girl, living the pretty picturesque life, has professors as parents and for that reason is pretty wealthy monetary wise... but unfortunately not so much in love. Lyris meets a mysterious handsome young man, Wyatt, at a cafe in the new town which she just moved to with her parents. With her disbelief that such a handsome being would be interested in her, she is also bewildered by his obsession of the 'haunted' house which he seems to be obsessed with, and which is so conveniently and mystically located right next to her new home. As much as Wyatt warns her to never approach the house, and DEFINITELY never visit the haunted room on the top floor, by herself.. she finds her curiosity winning over her rationality, and the most oddest occurrences start to happen. Lyris stumbles into a unknown world, where everything is literally larger than life, and she gets taken by a boy named Brindt; a blond haired, light brown-blue flecked/teal coloured eyed, 15-year old giant! At first her life seems doomed where she is destined to be sold off to another giant to be treated as no more than a pet, but through some very interesting and adventurous turn of events, Lyris finds out her life takes on a different path than dreaded...
I absolutely loved all the characters in this book. Lyris was quite the no-nonsense character, a quality which I adore in all protagonist, and straight forward in what she liked and doesn't like. Her relation with Wyatt is quite superficial and sensual at first, but as a reader you secretly hope that there is more than that to there relationship. Once Lyris meets Wyatt, there relationship starts out quite bumpy because ...duh.. he's a giant! But without giving too much away of the story, their relationship takes quite a turn and becomes quite (pleasantly) the unexpected.
C.E. Wilson has such a great talent in writing beautiful YA books, and the way she constructs and depicts this fantastic fantasy world is just astounding! I felt that I was there with Lyris in this unknown, mystery place. She even created a new language which the giants spoke and had such a surprising and amazing way for Lyris and the giants to eventually communicate on a same level, making the story even more intriguing.
Once again, Ms. Wilson has won me over with her originality and her wild imagination, and I recommend this book to anyone who looks forward to a few giants, a nail biting and bewildering storyline and sympathetic and wondrous characters!