Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

10 Apr


Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Karen Foxlee



While I’m not a big fan of science fiction or fantasy, this book, which is a little of both, was delightful.  It’s a combination of A Night in the Museum, Rumpelstiltskin and all stories with evil queens.  This book is a quick read and is sure to entertain both young and young-at-heart.


Ophelia and her sister, Alice, move to a new home after the death of their mother.  Their father’s new job is to curate a sword exhibit at a famous museum.  It is while wandering through the museum that Ophelia finds the Marvelous Boy.  She has challenges that resemble quests, mysteries to solve and a sword to find.  She also needs to protect her older sister, and convince everyone that she can and will save the world from the Snow Queen.


I was moved by the flashbacks of Ophelia and her mother.  Her mother always told Ophelia to “be brave,” which is one of my mantras. I tell my children, grandchildren, students and pretty much anyone who will listen to me that they need to be brave.  “Be brave for 30 seconds, just 30 seconds, and you’ll see amazing things happen.”  I didn’t invent it, I heard it somewhere but I can’t remember where.  It’s the truth, Ophelia’s mom reminded me that bravery is important, and so is knowing there is someone who believes in you.


I wish there were more positive interactions between Ophelia and her father.  That’s the only thing I would change.


I recommend this book to all readers.


I received a free copy of this e-book from www.netgalley.com.  This did not influence my opinion.

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