Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
Have you ever wanted to enter your favorite story and play out the role of the main character? In Nightshade Forest by Nikki Mitchell, that is exactly what happens to Eleanor! One Christmas day, her father gives her a new book…and without warning she is transported into the world of Nightshade Forest. Alongside her new friends, Elfie and Milo, she has to help save the kingdom before it’s too late.
I’m not usually one to read middle-grade fiction, but this delightful tale is bound to catch the hearts of children…and adults! With elements reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, Inkheart, and The Magic Treehouse, Nightshade Forest is a fun adventure for anyone. Eleanor is a savvy, curious girl, and without her innate curiosity for stories and adventure, the realm of Nightshade Forest might have never been the same.
My only hang up with the story, and it’s a small one at that, is the lack of Eleanor’s disbelief and instead in her utter determination that she will get home once the story ends. While this doesn’t detract from the nature of the story, I would have liked to see Eleanor work this out a bit more while on her adventure to save the kingdom.
The story left me with a few questions, that I am sure will be answered in Eleanor’s next literary adventure: Why was she transported? What is so special about the book her father brought home for Christmas? Will she ever see Elfie and Milo again?
I can’t wait to find out.
If you want a light hearted, whimsical read that you can share with the entire family, I highly recommend you check out Nightshade Forest…coming June 20th, 2020!
Note: I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
What’s it about?
When eleven-year-old Eleanor receives a gift from her father, she never imagines it will open a portal to a fairytale world. Upon reading the first sentence of chapter one, she finds herself standing in the middle of Nightshade Forest—a dark woods with glowing blue and purple trees. She soon learns that the magic in the kingdom is out of control, and it is up to Eleanor to restore what has gone missing.
Join Eleanor and her newfound friends, Elfie and Milo in a search for a magic crystal as they fight off creatures Eleanor has only dreamed about. Can she make it to the happily-ever-after and rejoin her family, or will she be stuck in the Nightshade Forest forever?