I finished “The Binding” the other day, and… I have a lot

I finished “The Binding” the other day, and… I have a lot

4/24/2021, 7:05:41 PM
I finished “The Binding” the other day, and… I have a lot of feelings. But first, thank you to the publisher for providing me with this beautiful review copy. . This book is separated into three different parts, and quite frankly, between the synopsis and part one of this book, I felt like I was faked out a bit. I understand why the synopsis is written to focus specifically on “binding”, but between that and the part one, I felt really lead to believe this was a fantasy read. (It morphs into more magical realism) . Emmett Farmer lives in a world where books are forbidden, and despite not having encountered many, he feels drawn to them. After nearly going mad with sickness, a recovering Emmett is summoned to apprentice with a book binder. Since he is no longer capable of doing farm work, Emmett goes away to learn how to craft elegant leather-bound books— each one waiting for the memories of someone ready to forget. You see, a binder can take any memory you’d rather live without, erase it from your mind, and then keep is safe within a book that will be locked away. But not all binders are good, and just when Emmett has finally started to settle into his new life, his life gets turned upside down. And amid this new disruption, Emmett finds a book with his own name on it. . Part one of this book had me completely entranced, but then the story shifted into something that veered farther from the expectation I had based on part one. And even though I liked none of the characters for a long time, they slowly started to grow on me as the love story blossomed. And I DID enjoy reading it, but I guess my big hang up is that part one really set the tone for a story we never got. I kept waiting for this book to make the full circle and it did not. . I could not figure out why certain elements were introduced just to never be expanded on or even mentioned again. I know a lot of people loved this book, and I think if you go into it knowing it’ll be a magical realism love story more than anything else, it’ll be a more satisfying read. . #thebinding #bridgetcollins #beautifulbooks #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookflatlay #amreading #booksbooksbooks

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