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The Book of Days by [Barker, K.A.]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Most people believe the best way to forget someone is to throw them down a well. Or lock them in a room with eight keys, or bury them at a crossroad in the thirteenth hour. But they're wrong. The best way to forget someone is for them never to have existed in the first place.

When sixteen-year-old Tuesday wakes from sleep for the first time, she opens her eyes to a world filled with wonder - and peril. Left only with a letter from the person she once was, Tuesday sets out to discover her past with the help of her charming and self-serving guide, Quintalion.

Along the way she runs into mercenaries, flying cities, airships, and a blind librarian. But what is her connection with the mysterious Book of Days - a book that holds untold power...

'Just when I thought nothing new could be achieved in fantasy, along comes The Book of Days. K.A. Barker has created an extraordinary world, a series of compelling landscapes and an unforgettable cast of characters. All hail K.A. Barker for giving us something so dazzlingly different! And funny too!' JOHN MARSDEN

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1583 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (1 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thank you K.A. Barker for a very exciting story.

I loved this book because of the interesting characters, intriging plot and the fact that I couldn't put it down. I hope there there will be a sequel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to put it down! 3 September 2014
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Be warned, the characters in this white-knuckle ride of a story will charm you, make you laugh, cry and worst of all, they'll stick around in your mind willing you to pick up where you left off if you try to put the book down between chapters.
This is such a rich read. Young adults will thoroughly enjoy watching the heroine of the book, quiet young 'Tuesday', morph from a humble, innocent 'nobody' into a brave and adventurous spirit who takes on the world. I can't recommend enough that you embark on the journey that is K.A. Barker's 'The Book of Days'. Put simply, I LOVED IT!
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for lovers of Garth Nix. 5 February 2015
By The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert) - Published on
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Tuesday is 16, but she doesn't remember any of her life so far. She's been forgotten for 10 years, and the person who comes to find her isn't all she expected. Not that she could expect much, since she can't remember anything of what she is.

Tuesday, in her own silly way, is endearing. It's fascinating to imagine what a person with no memories would be like. At the same time, her stubborness is really frustrating. Why can't she take advice for once? Even once the reader knows who she is, we aren't any more enlightened to her stupidity.

There are so many unnecessary deaths and destructions. Indeed, with the very limited little bit of landscape and people that we see, it feels like the whole world is destroyed. I didn't see one piece of kindness outside Tuesday and her friends, and her friends weren't even really her friends until near the end.

I would have loved to have seen more of Madam Marisol. It felt like she had an even bigger part to play. Although her dream-tea makes the narrative move forward, I could see other ways in which the author had done it.

I didn't really see the ending coming. Well, some of it I did, with death and all. But the rest? Well, it made sense, but also, it was a little confusing with the forgetting and all. There were many questions left unanswered for me. And in a way, I hope there is another book. I found that I wanted Tuesday to do more. I don't care about promises! Look at the heap the world is in! It's not going to change by itself!

This novel is said to be something entirely new in the world of fantasy, but for me, it wasn't exactly. I could see similarities with a number of other novels I have read. For instance, Garth Nix's 'Mister Monday' rang all kinds of bells, including the ship, and of course, the days of the week. For some reason, Jasper Fford's novels also came to mind. And some... hmm, other novels in the steam-punk genre.

Do I regret using my time to read this novel? Not in any way. I did enjoy it while I was reading it, and teens will no doubt love this novel. Highly recommended for lovers of Garth Nix.

This copy was sent to me for review, but my opinions as always are my own and are not influenced in any way.
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun classic adventure filled with quirky characters & imaginative settings! 22 October 2014
By Jeann @ Happy Indulgence - Published on
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The Book of Days was a fun, charming and quirky adventure set in a wonderfully imaginative setting. From Madame Marisol’s Unreality House which is a place where people go to be forgotten, to the floating Fortune City which was very steampunk in nature, to the corrupt Beggars End, I really enjoyed these creative settings. It was a true adventure story reminiscent of classic childhood stories like Peter Pan and Enid Blyton books.

There’s always something happening along the way, whether Tuesday and her companions are running into the evil daybreakers, meeting new and quirky characters like Hester the feisty warrior girl, or discovering something about the present and looking for the Book of Days. The book is filled with colourful characters, like the witty and charming Quintalion with a swagger, the sweet and unassuming blind librarian Jack, or the conflicted daybreaker with another side to him, Sterling. The personalities and dialogue was filled with humour and wit and so much fun. While many people love Quintalion, his ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ character has been done before such as Abe Mazur from Vampire Academy or Jackal from the Blood of Eden series.

Now to the downside….the whole story felt like a really unexpected adventure with A LOT happening, and it was hard keeping the interest with so much jampacked into it. Tuesday’s goal was to find The Book of Days and discover her past, but they went so incredibly off track with running, fighting, discovering new locations and meeting new people that I didn’t know whether she was going to achieve her goal. It was hard to keep up with and I was cautious about whether the ending would be satisfactory, or whether it would drag out to another sequel, but luckily I needn’t have worried (and this is a standalone). The unexpected twist tied things up nicely too.

More in depth world building about how and why these wonderful places exist could have developed the world a bit more, but unfortunately this was all done on two pages explaining what the daybreakers and the Days who is this world’s version of gods and goddesses who are now in hiding. There are so many wonderful concepts that could have been developed further, but the dialogue and the quirky characters took center stage.

The Book of Days is a quirky, fun, out of the box adventure with a cast of colourful characters and imaginative steampunk settings. While it may go off track at times and had a few inconsistencies, it features some wonderful fresh and fun dialogue and really takes me back to the time of classic adventure stories.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Fantasy YA, very imaginative a must read! 30 September 2015
By Paperback Princess - Published on
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Turning the last page of this book was truly astounding and left me mind hasn't stopped reeling from how it all came together at the end. The Book of Days by Australian Author K.A. Barker is truly a treat to read. It is so engrossing, original and the concept and characters within the book cannot be compared to any other book I've read in the past, that is truly how original this book is!

The Book of Days by KA Barker begins with a girl being released from Madame Marisol's Unreality House where people go to be forgotten, she does not recall who she is and the only clue she had to her past identity is a letter from her past self begging her to forget who she was and to live a new life. This is where we are introduced to Tuesday, the name she decided to call herself as she couldn't recall her past name, and Quintallion, the strange man that showed up at Madame Marisol's Unreality House to pick up Tuesday despite him not knowing who she was or why he was picking her up. This is where their adventure begins as Tuesday seeks to find her true identity and Quintallion comes for the ride, almost immediately they are faced with disaster, a strange reunion and a new friend.

The Author truly created a magnificent story line that keeps the readers captivated and glued to its pages. The mystery was superbly written with enough clues unfolding in a timely manner, it kept me guessing and I loved it! It's like having something in the back of your mind but not quite being able to put your finger on it! I cannot wait to re-read this book in the future, now knowing the ending I want to see the clues I missed the first time.

The whole book was imaginative, from the concept of the Unreality House, to the Fortune City, the Book of Days and the Days themselves...WOW is all I can say, I'm yet to find a book apart from The Harry Potter series that blew me away this much with the imagination in the concept, plot and world creation as The Book of Days has.

The characters were well written and I found myself falling in love with them all, the camaraderie amongst the group was truly heartfelt and it was truly a pleasure to be part of their journey. I even had a love hate relationship with Sterling and empathised with his heartbreak.

The Book of Days by K.A. Barker is seriously a must read for all those that enjoy YA Fantasy with a dose of Steampunk. The originality and imagination within these pages are truly astounding and it's certainly something one must experience. As Author, John Marsden writes about The Book of Days:-

All Hail K.A. Barker, for giving us something so dazzlingly different! And funny too!