By: Mateo Mazari
This tale is about a young boy named Nikolas, he lives with his father in Norway and his father travels far north to capture an elf for the king. The reward was 3,000 Norway coins, and as the months went on Nikolas gave up. He decided to head north and find Elfhelm, the hidden elf village.. I'd keep telling the story but I want those with a true Christmas spirit who understand the joy of the season like to go and read this book, onto the review ;)!
I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5, it was very imaginative and very well written though some of the grammar it contained was just a tad bit odd. The author has truly captured what it means to be a believer of Christmas, even when all hope is down and people have told you otherwise. Matt Haig, the author, believes that everyone should and could be a little happier during the holiday season, and that everyone no matter age, religion or anything, can be a believer.
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom is the sequel to The First Five people You Meet in Heaven, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven comes 15 years after the first book. It stars Annie, a young girl that Eddie protagonist from the first book died saving. Annie gets into a tragic accident and arrives in Heaven. We now see Annie's life starting from the end and see Eddie as one of the people Annie meets in heaven. We get to see what happened to Annie after Eddie died, and who she was. In addition, we finally get the full view of heaven. You die, then meet your five people and then wait to be a part of somebody else's five people. I really enjoyed the sequel. The way Mitch Albom writes his narrative with so many side stories woven in and keeping you on your toes by switching right at the good moment. This novel teaches you various lessons but also makes you feel good about humanity and the like. It is not a dense read, there is no large amount of unnecessary description. There are are many plot twists. I enjoyed the closure it provided and gave us a full circle perspective of Albom's idea of heaven. If you enjoyed the first book I would highly recommend reading the sequel and other Mitch Albom's Books
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the life story of Eddie, the amusement park maintenance guy, but his story begins at the end and through following Eddie through his journey through Heaven. In Albom's Version of Heaven, you meet five people hat made some sort of impact on his life whether good or bad. By joining Eddie's journey we get to see the events of his life unfold and learn valuable life lessons such as people are interconnected andyour minisucle actions can have a great impact on people's lives. I have recently started to read Mitch Albom's books and quite enjoy them. I find them to not be overly religious or trying to impart his religious beliefs, but rather takes a different perspective. The way Albom writes his narrative is very compelling, concise and puts you right into the story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short but very captivating book.
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