REVEIW: The Wrath & The Dawn (The Problem With Characters)

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DSC_0450Writing a review of a book that disappointed you can be hard, especially when that book has a lot of love behind it. There are a lot of positive reviews out there for Renee Andeih’s The Wrath & The Dawn but I’m afraid this isn’t one of them. But that’s okay. We don’t all share the same experiences, life wouldn’t be life if we did, and the same goes for books, because we take a part of ourselves into the stories we read.

For me, characterisation is the most important part of a novel, and it’s what I focus on most in my reviews. Continue reading “REVEIW: The Wrath & The Dawn (The Problem With Characters)”

REVIEW: The Girls by Emma Cline

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These long-haired girls seemed to glide above all that was happening around the, tragic and separate. Like royalty in exile.

The Girls, Emma Cline (2016)

The Girls is Emma Cline’s debut novel about Evie, a young girl drawn into the dark world of a commune that preaches love and understanding, but hides something much more sinister. Its charismatic leader, Russell Hadrick is loosely based on Charles Manson. It’s not Russell who attracts Evie to the commune though, but the girls he holds in his sway. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Girls by Emma Cline”

REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

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Eleanor & Park has been such a familiar feature on my TBR list that now I’ve finally read it, my TBR feels like it’s missing something. This is the fifth novel I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell, and like the previous four, it didn’t disappoint. Rowell is an author I consider to be ‘good hands’, so I was saving Eleanor & Park for a time when I needed a book I knew would be a safe bet.

Eleanor & Park is a YA novel about finding a lifeline in an unexpected place. Eleanor has just moved back in with her family, after her alcoholic step-father kicked her out a year earlier.  Their reconciliation has been far from smooth. Eleanor and her younger siblings tip-toe around their mother’s husband careful not to infuriate him. It’s easier said than done when he has a fuse so short it’s practically non-existent. The house Eleanor returns to is not their old home, but a smaller one that belonged to her step-father’s mother. It’s too small for a family with five children all sharing one room, but their step-father’s comfort is the priority, not theirs. Continue reading “REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell”

REVIEW: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

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“I was invisible. I was furniture.”

-Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh (2015)

Eileen is a young woman, left to nurse her alcoholic father after the death of her mother. Left alone together, their relationship has turned septic. They have let the wounds between them become infected, and the infection has spread further into their lives. Their house is squalid and they fester in it. Despite her father’s obvious decline, his status as a respected ex-cop gives him a free pass. The local police turn a blind eye to his drink-driving and threatening behaviour and Eileen resents them for it. Continue reading “REVIEW: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh”

REVIEW: Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff

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The saying ‘life imitating art’ might be used more often than necessary, but in Lauren Groff’s third novel Fates & Furies, it is an apt description for unsuspecting Lancelot ‘Lotto’ Sutterwhite’s life. The Fates narrative starts before his birth when his mother, a professional mermaid, and his father meet, following his conception, to his childhood, to meeting his own wife, Mathilde. Lotto is an aspiring actor, but despite his charisma he fails to make a real impact and as his dreams of making it slip away, he stumbles across his real talent for writing plays. Continue reading “REVIEW: Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff”

REVIEW: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

dsc_1074-2dsc_0172Being a teenager is never easy, especially when you’re on the verge of leaving school. The future Frances Javier has been working towards is hurtling towards her quicker than she expected, and she hasn’t had a moment to think if it’s still the future she wants. Her best friend, Carys, went missing months ago, the only person she could be herself around, and she might have pushed her away. The only time she feels relaxed is when she listens to Universe City, a YouTube podcast made by a person known as the Creator.  Frances secretly posts her fan art online, but when the Creator takes interest in her drawings, she finds a friend in someone unexpected. Continue reading “REVIEW: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman”

REVEIW: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Gillian Flynn’s tale of murder, deception and investigative journalism instantly draws you in. the prose is rich in imagery that reveals a narrator with an unusually perceptive world view. Yet, despite her keen observations, Camille has struggled to make her big break as a reporter in Chicago. Continue reading “REVEIW: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn”