Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father. When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade - and himself - in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won't just lose Pa - they'll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.
This is such a thrilling and exciting story like no other else I have ever seen. I actually have the copy printed one and it is AMAZING!!
I found this story randomly. I like to read to my partner as a way to relax and spend time together. We had finished a series we had both enjoyed and were looking for something else when I came across this. The premise sounded really interesting. I love puzzles and riddles and the like. So we gave it a shot. Within the first few chapters we were hooked. I highly recommend giving it a read. It’s beautifully written and full of childhood wonder and family unity. It tugs on your heartstrings and fills you with excitement all at once.