Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!
It has taken me years to get to this book. I got it at one of my library’s events, but put it to the side because I have never gotten into talking animals. That type of fantasy is not my cup of tea and this book felt like Lauren Oliver’s Spindlers, which I will never be ready to revisit. I was completely wrong, this book may give off the vibe of the Spindlers, but it was so much better! I recommend it to all fantasy lovers.
Arthur, though he has only ever by known by his orphanage number, lives at the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. He is trampled by others, especially those running the home, but this sweet, sweet boy has some much to offer. Arthur is a fox-like creature with a single impressive ear on his head. This ear has abilities far greater than that of any regular ear. Arthur befriends Trinket, a young bird creature who quickly names him. They work together to break out of the home and find a better life. The ensuing adventure is fun, scary, heart-warming, heart-breaking, and fascinating.
I thought I could never love a one-eared fox boy, but I was wrong. I just wanted to hug Arthur and help him get the best ending ever. Trinket took longer to love, but ultimately I ended up cheering for her. These creatures may not seem lovely from the outset, but you quickly grow to love them.