Emily is gifted a wooden box containing a beating heart by her widowed father with instructions to feed it every day. That sentence alone was enough for me to be intrigued to read The Maker’s Box, a fairytale set in modern times by David Barclay. While the novella delves into the magic and other paranormal happenings, it is a very human story, diving into the insecurities of a teenager dealing with life and loss.
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This novella was a quick and entertaining read for me that took me no time at all to complete. If I had any criticism, it would be that I thought The Maker’s Box should have been more extended. I was interested in the world and Emily’s everyday life in school to learn more about the other teenagers around her, especially Noah, the best friend…and the boy next door in the most literal sense.
Without getting into spoiler territory, I will simply say this: The Maker’s Box is a magically scary ride that delves into how we cope with our insecurities, obsessions, grief, and what happens when acceptance isn’t a solution.
4 out of 5