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Reviewed by Kayleigh Perumal for Readers' Favorite
The Girl in the Toile Wallpaper by Mary K. Savarese is a young adult fantasy novel that will enchant readers of any age. The story begins with Tyler, a nerdy, twelve-year-old boy who tags along with his Aunt Megan to the city of Florence. During this trip, the young boy’s life is altered forever as the threads of past and present, as well as the bounds of reality, are tested. Tyler discovers that the toiles that his Aunt Megan has come to examine in Florence appear penetrable, and curiously, they somehow contain a living girl called CallaLyly, who he learns has been trapped in the fabric wallpaper for over two centuries. Tyler’s job is to free Lyly and reunite her with her true love, Patrick, who was transformed into a black cat by the same magic that imprisoned Lyly. As the celestial alignment approaches, Tyler must hurry or risk being permanently stuck in the toiles.
Mary K. Savarese blends historical fiction, fantasy, and romance with ease. She writes with ingenuity and originality to create the world inside the toiles to be vivid and almost tangible. The Girl in the Toile Wallpaper was an enjoyable, escapist read. I particularly loved the feline characters, which were just as delineated and carefully curated as their human counterparts. CallaLyly’s family history was exceptionally well-written and aided the plot wonderfully. If you are interested in a lighthearted read with a touch of magic and intrigue, then this is the perfect novel for you.