" The proverb Never judge a book by its cover is most apt for this book. Although supposedly fiction, it read like an autobiography in passing. Took me several jumpstarts to try keep on trudging through this literary landscape. To be fair, it was lightly engaging. It's just that i'd expected something with 'real' magic and fantastical adventure, based on the artwork on the cover and on the title itself, which had showed such promise, before i started reading page 1, whereupon my heart sank, having come to the realisation that it wasn't what i'd hoped for. It didn't even have a happy ending, so stark and somewhat disturbing, about a non-conventional family who'd got international fame due to a series of fictional books that the patriarch of the family had written right up until his accidental demise. drugs, booze, mental institution centres and messed up human psyches with all its failings played a large part in this book. All in all, i wish i hadn't bought it, and had paid more attention to the fact that it hadnt been shelved in the childrens fiction nor fantasy adventure area of the bookstore. That really oughtve given me a hint, but as i'd alluded to before, it's that damn beguiling title and cover illustration that suckered me in. "
— Soybean, 1/20/2014