The back of this book, Fantastic Tales of Nothing by Alejandra Green, says if you like Amulet, Five Worlds and Estranged you will like this. And while I agree yes this is true, there are differences to the series you might want to look at: Amulet is light, like Fantastic, but Fantastic is a tad “meatier.” Five Worlds (or at least book one, which I read) might be closest, but again, Fantastic is meatier. However, Estranged is darker by a smidgen (not that it is EVIL dark, just well meatier dark). I would also add it is a dark/heavier version of The Dragon Prince series (television and the one graphic novel I read) and a very much younger version of Adventure Zone (which is teen to adult; and Fantastic is 10 to 14). I would even compare it to Avatar the Last Airbender.
This book takes all the familiar of fantasy, princes, magic, shapeshifting, good/evil and buddy/friendship stories and makes it fresh, while also being familiar. If I have one real complaint as I was not sure if two of the characters were speaking French or Spanish as I know only a few words in both (and mostly those are yes/no and hello/goodbye). I liked most of the characters and even when I did not like them, I liked how they worked within the story to the finally result. One of the more interesting and realistically portrayed subjects (but sometimes a little heavily handled in parts) deals with some ideas of gender and romance. Plus, of course, literally, and figuratively finding the truth and your pack because of it.
Fun, brightly colored and “just right” details to the illustrations of Fanny Rodriguez, makes this a book for the most fantasy lovers. And even if you are not a one hundred percent fantasy lover, you too could enjoy Green’s story due to the adventure aspects. This is a “whole package book” that is a series that now I am not so patiently waiting for book two.