In fact this book far exceeded my expectations. The description in the blurb is entirely accurate ‘A dark and tender fairytale’. This is how fairytales should be the old fashioned Brother’s Grimm way. No singing animals and princesses who get their happily ever afters.
But there is love! However before you get excited and I reveal too much, it’s not how Disney would have made it.
The book tells of a young boy named Jack who grows up with a rather unusual heart, one that will damage him if he falls in love. When he meets Miss Acacia, a young and beautiful street singer from Andalusia he knows he can’t let his heart get in the way of how he feels for her.
When Miss Acacia goes back to Andalusia, Jack feels lost. Although he never knew her he feels a connection with her. However he’s terribly bullied at school by Joe, an old love interest of Miss Acacia’s who also still has feelings for her.
After finally gaining revenge on Joe, Jack sets off on an adventure to find Miss Acacia. He meets many interesting characters along the way and finally ends up at the Extraordinarium, a fun fair where she now performs.
The story continues to tell the tale of the love between Miss Acacia and Jack with unexpected twists and turns along the way with a big revelation about Jack that will change his life.
The ending leaves you feeling touched by the young lovers and without a doubt that this is the old way of telling fairytales, dark, grim and somewhat depressing but thoroughly enjoyable!