The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One

The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book OneTitle: The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One
Author: Jess Lourey
Publisher: Toadhouse Books
Rating: 5 stars

Source: Review Copy


Aine believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.

As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds... if she can stay alive.

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My Thoughts

The spellbinding magic woven into the pages of this book will transport you into a world full of adventure and mystery.

The writing was beautiful and really brought a magical quality to the story. The action was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat constantly. There were twists and turns throughout the entire book and they really kept me on my toes. I had a great time discovering more about Aine’s and her true identity.

I had a lot of fun reading about some of my favorite classic books and seeing how Aine reacted to these different worlds.

Aine was a fun and relatable character. She was very courageous to battle on even when her whole world had been turned upside down and I had really admired that about her. She became a very dear character while reading this book and I couldn’t help, but become afraid, happy, and even sad because of her.

Spenser was an interesting character and fun to get to know. He was a great brother and companion to Aine throughout her adventure.

Gilgamesh was a mystery for most of the book and was very interesting to read about. I loved getting to know him and figuring out more about him. I also found the romance between him and Aine to be really sweet.

This story is a true book lover’s delight. If you have ever dreamed of transporting yourself into some of your favorite books then this is the story for you. 


  1. Great review, I hadn't heard of this one before today so I'm really glad you reviewed it! It seems so different from anything I've read before I'm going to have to give it a go :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  2. Thanks for the recommendation! I've never heard of this book til today, and it sounds like something I'd enjoy!


  3. Great review..thanks for sharing.
    M.C.V. Egan


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