Monday, June 13, 2011

Review of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I loved this book and I can't believe that I will have to wait a whole year for the next one. Imagine if Diana Gabaldon, Kate Mosse and Philip Pullman got together and said lets re-write twilight but for adults and make it more like Anne Rice, this book would be the result. Highly recommended.

Review of Blood Red Road by Moira Young

I loved this book. It is utterly unputdownable. Saba is a fantastic main character heroic yet flawed and the world in which she lives is frightening but completely believable. This book will appeal to fans of Patrick Ness but I urge everyone young and old who enjoys a cracking read with fantastic characters to just read it.

Review of One Day by David Nicholls

I was looking forward to reading this book as so many people had recommended it me. However I was disappointed with some of the character development and with the ending. Despite that I think the writing was good and I really wanted to know what happened next. I can't help thinking that this book got the praise it did because it was written by a man, if it had been written by Alison Pearson or Marian Keyes it would have been dismissed as "chick-lit". I think Nicholls is neither more literary nor more talented than either of those popular authors and while the book is a light hearted and a romantic read it's not essential or life enhancing. It will undoubtedly make a good rom-com and I look forward to watching it. It doesn't make me want to rush out and buy more of this author's work and I don't imagine it will be on a school curriculum in the near future. If you enjoyed The time Traveller's Wife or Bridget Jones you may enjoy this.

Review of Faery Tale by Signe Pike

Do you believe in Fairies? Signe Pike does. Faery Tale is a memoir and travel book recounting Signe’s travels through Britain and Ireland looking for the magic which is everywhere in childhood but which in our modern era we as adults dismiss so easily. Signe examines the mythology and traditions of England, The Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland and the stories which were fireside favourites not so long ago and she travels to the places associated in folklore with Fairies such as Glastonbury, Dun Aengus, Snaefell, The Fairy Bridge and many others. With a similar feel to the bestselling Eat, Pray Love this book focuses on both the inward and the physical journey. This is a beautiful book highlighting our need to reconnect with nature and the past. If you’re interested in folklore this is a must read.

I loved this book. Signe Pike is a really talented writer and her search for fairies and enchantment had me hooked from the beginning.

Review of The Dead Summer by Helen Moorhouse

'The Dead Summer' by Helen Moorhouse.

Martha Armstrong is starting over after a bitter divorce. She moves to the Norfolk countryside with her baby daughter and there she hopes to find peace and enough time to write the children’s book which has been in her head for years. Instead Martha finds a mystery and a chilling ghostly presence.

Helen Moorhouse’s first novel is a spine-tingling and haunting story which will entrance readers. The book romps along at breakneck speed for almost three hundred and fifty pages and the pace never lets up throughout. The sense of menace builds to a cracking climax and a heart-breaking secret.

This is a book which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys gothic, ghostly and atmospheric stories. It has a similar feel to that of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, The Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore and House of Echoes by Barbara Erskine

I look forward to more from this author and more of this type of book from Poolbeg.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Hey so as you can see from my previous post I have joined BookChickCity in the quest to read 100 books this year it should be do-able, I hope. I will try to post reviews here as I progress and I will of course be including everything I've read so far this year. So recently I've read The Help, Blood Red Road, The Distant Hours. I am up to 35 books so far, but some books I just couldn't finish, e.g. The Slap one of the most horrendous books I have ever encountered.