Original title: Kirjanoita
Class/genre: Young Adults
Bookwitch is a spellbinding Young Adult story set in a world where books are banned and witches rule in the realm of Helby, a parallel world to Helsinki as we know it. When seventeen-year-old Aura becomes an assistant at the House of Lost Dreams, little does she know she is about to discover a secret chamber full of books, and about her own destiny as a powerful witch who must face dark forces to save all that she loves. A gripping story about self-realization, betrayal and good triumphing evil.
“A manifesto for reading.” – Kirkko ja kaupunki magazine, Finland
“Bookwitch feels like a true literary celebration. […] Leinonen nicely weaves the literary classics into the story, playing with references to familiar stories and books.” – Luetaanko tämä blog, Finland
”There are nice pinches of romance and suspense, and a surprising twist in the end, as I thought there would be. The story is thought out and represented to the reader well, which guarantees a pleasant read.” – Dysphoria blog, Finland
“Finnish YA authors are extremely skilled in creating deliciously unique worlds.
In Bookwitch, the titillation is based on the topsy-turvy familiarity: on Helby that reminds one of Helsinki, but where the streets have right names but they run in wrong places, where behind the city’s borders an uninhabitable Wasteland begins, and where electricity has literally destroyed all paper.
As a counterweight to the topsy-turvy world Leinonen wraps up the reader in YA fantasy literature’s familiar themes. There’s a protagonist whose uniqueness is revealed, there are secrets to uncover, a few mishaps with magic and a slowly starting crush.
Even with its fast-paced twists and turns, it’s a wonderfully relaxing comfort read.”
— Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland
“I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. The book is so good that you feel like reading it at one go. It’s easy to identify with the story’s world, and being a book-soul or a bookwitch are certainly every bookworm’s biggest dreams. After finishing the book, one could not wait for the sequel and the closure of the adventure, the ending is too exciting.”
— Jiipeenetti website, Finland
“For a booklover Bookwitch is a delicious read.”
— Kirjavinkit website, Finland
”Bookwitch is an easily readable, entertaining work, whose intertextuality will delight any ferocious reader.”
— The YA Diaries blog, Finland