Involuted: The Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree

*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Milo is a shy gamer and artist who has a crush on the super athletic and popular girl Eliza. When they both find a book that turns into a portal to Involutia they have to put aside their differences and find a way home.

In the world of Involutia books are not only tools to learn from but literal portals to other realms. Milo and Eliza fall into a book that transports them to a world they have never seen before. Their quest to go home turns from just saving themselves to saving all of Involutia.

This middle grade novel has adorable character building with enough preteen awkwardness to make even fighting dragons feel realistic. Milo and Eliza must discover what it means to be strong in their own ways and just how far they are willing to go to get home.

A mix between a Percy Jackson and Narnia feel, this split POV will have your heart cringing and cheering at the same time. Starting off in the "real world" Milo and Eliza are practically strangers but they have to set that aside and work together to escape dark forests, wars, dragons, elven adventures and a magic library all in search of the Red Ribbon Tree.

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