I admit, I've avoided the popular classical literature x paranormal crossover until now. However, Artful by Peter David seemed really interesting and I was very happy to win a copy of it from Goodreads.com.
The book starts out with a little bit of background explanation of who the main character is and how his story relates to Dickens' Oliver Twist. The main protagonist of the story is the Artful Dodger and this book delves into his paranormal adventures after the end of Dickens' story. I actually really enjoyed the story, although the story telling could become a bit convoluted at times. I was also slightly confused by the pace of the story because it seemed like it took a long time to get to set up any "real" action but then after the action started it was extremely fast paced. I would have enjoyed the story more if much of the background information had been integrated into the entire plot instead of packed into such a long and drawn-out beginning. I also would have liked to seen more development of the vampire mythology instead of just a few paragraphs discussing the origins of the vampires.
Overall, I would recommend this book to readers who like the fantasy/paranormal genre. It would probably be a good read for high schoolers and older readers who have already read Oliver Twist, but reading Dickens is not necessary to enjoy this book.
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