Reviews of City of the Beasts (2002)
Review by bibliocrazy (2004-04-20)
this is the second book by allende that iíve read and although it was ok, iím not really impressed by her, especially considering all the hype. i guess sheís a big writer in the realm of Ďmagic realismí but i donít really see it. i guess i should read her earlier and most celebrated works before making any real decision about her, but still... anyway, this book was ok, but really felt like it was hastily put together, trying to take advantage of a childrenís book market that was loving harry potter, and, especially, books by phillip pullman and neil gaiman. itís a shame cause though this book was ok, it really just needed some heart, i.e. it needed someone to really believe that kid's books can be really great.