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Blurb (from Goodreads):
A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVE
The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air - just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace.
A BABY NO ONE WANTED
Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings.
A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURE
To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods. A realm of magic and terror, life and death.
But can he bear the truth - or will is destroy him?
A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD
Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods...
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
“It was time to run away, into London, into the world. Into the woods. To find his Forever Parents.”
This was a YA fantasy/adventure story about a world where people simply vanished.
Max was an okay character, and he desperately wanted to find his birth parents, even if he had to risk his own life to do it.
The storyline in this was about a world where people vanished into thin air. There was a theory that this was actually Max’s fault simply because he was born, and another storyline about Max wanting to find his birth parents. Both of these storylines converged with Max having to travel to a different world, to a place called The Beginning Woods in an effort to both find his parents and solve the mystery of the vanishings. We also got some dragons, witches, and ‘cold’ people, but I did find the book quite confusing in places, and I really didn’t enjoy parts of it.
The ending to this was okay, but I was pleased to get to the end.
5 out of 10