“Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke | Book Review

Book Review | Rating – 3/5 | Genre – Young Adult / Fantasy

For the next book I wanted to read this year, I thought I would go back to a simpler time in my life, when buying the next young adult book series was the only thing that really caused me any stress. Wanting to get myself away from the current stresses that I’ve been dealing with (thank you lockdown), it seemed fitting that I once again go back to my roots and re-live my youth through a book series that I was obsessed with for a long time… Inkheart.

Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn’t read to her since her mother disappeared. When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret – when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages. Suddenly Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books, but this one will change her life for ever. (check that out here)

What did I think?

Re-reading Inkheart at this age gave me a very mixed reaction as I made my way through the story. When I first started, I of course found myself thinking back to my younger days (as if I’m somehow super old now) – but regardless it was nice to be taken back to the first time I read this book. I also enjoyed the use of excerts from other books alluding to the content of each chapter – it was a nice way of tying in the love of books throughout the story.

However, it was about half way through the book that I started to get fairly done with the story. It had become obvious to me that I still had a long way to go before I was even at the end of the book; finding myself counting how many more pages I’ve got left to go and hoping that something exciting would soon capture my interest. It wasn’t all bad, I did eventually bring myself back into the story with enjoyment again – but there were still moments when I was just waiting for the end to appear.

It was all bad though, there was still a lot of the book that I enjoyed…

My 3 reasons for reading Inkheart…

  • Interesting concept: its safe to say, that when I first picked up this book, I was immediately captured by the power to read characters out of books. This was definitely something that brought me back to this book all these years later. It was during this read through I realised how realistically this was brought about; it never felt like the people who could do this were anything other than normal people with this unusual power. At the end of the day the book is grounded in fantasy yet doesn’t compromise the real world the main characters live in.
  • Dark villains: Who doesn’t love a great villain? For a book dedicated to a mainly younger audience, the villains that appear in this book have pretty dark ambitions and do some horrific things. Funke doesn’t shy away from telling us about the terrible things the bad guys do and will do to the characters should they not co-operate.
  • Incredibly descriptive: as you make your way through this book it gets easier and easier to visualise the world that Funke is creating in this book. Of course, you can always picture the real-world places that the characters are placed in, but its more than that, Capricorn’s evil village, Elinor’s house and much more become so real as you make your way through the book.


If you’re looking for a classic young adult book to read then this is the one you want to go with. Yes, it might be pretty long – but the world that is created makes for a wonderful read. For me personally, it can be read as a solo book in its own right, at the moment I’m just moving onto other books rather than the rest of the series. But from what I remember, the next two books help to expand the world that Inkheart establishes and brings to light more dark and interesting characters.

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