Number of pages: 384
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 3.5
This is such a strange and unique little book. Witches perform spells with pen and ink, ancient creature protect a book that can take the form of anything, and a girl by the name of Julia has the strange ability to become unseen, which is not the same as becoming invisible. I’m not really sure what I expected from this odd story about a vanishing girl, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The world is incredibly intriguing, the most interesting part being the magic rules. The witches in Julia Vanishes are required to write down their spells in order to perform them. I really enjoyed seeing this different take on witches, since no one seems to ever come up with new mythology and rules to surround already established magical beings. If you read a book with witches, you are pretty much guaranteed to get a person who can do magic by waving a stick. There are also strange creatures, and three distinct religions, something not often explored in YA fantasy.
It was also interesting to have the main character start the book in a relationship, another thing you don’t often see in YA. The book also isn’t romance centric. The relationship is mentioned periodically, yet it is not vital to understanding the plot.
I think where Julia Vanishes loses some points is in the characters and emotional impact. I didn’t really care about Julia and her band of misfits; I simply wanted to know more about the world. It takes away from the emotional aspect of reading when you couldn’t be less concerned with what will happen to the main character.
Overall, I give Julia Vanishes 3.5 stars out of 5 for having a unique world and intriguing plot.