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Book Review: Gifted by David Bridger

Review requested by the author.

Jessica’s peaceful post-exam summer is interrupted when she suddenly receives the news of her great-grandfather Peter passing away and bequeathing her a castle in the West Country. Stunned, she travels down with her grandparents only to be met with a property a lot grander and a much more hostile extended family than she could have ever expected. Not only that – she also begins to hear things. Things like ghosts whispering to her about the devastating secrets of the Kidd castle and the horrors her ancestors were involved in. While the haunting atmosphere may be too much for her grandparents, Jessica nevertheless chooses to save the Kidd castle from her relatives who want to redevelop the land and live in it – it is hers by virtue of her great-grandfather’s will, after all. However, very soon, she comes to a realisation that she isn’t the sole inhabitant of the property. What business does Diane Kell, a half-mad Romani, have in the area? And what are the motives of her nephew, Joe? Also – what is the net and why does it only seem to affect him and Jessica?

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Book Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Book of the Year Special)

The plan was to publish the review of my Book of the Year on the first day of summer, i.e. three days ago, but I had to go on a work-related thing. Apologies to my readers!

I should say that “Book of the Year” may sound like the book was published in 2014, but it’s actually not the case – “Revolution” came out almost four years ago. However, it is the book that has had the most effect on me this year – hence the title.

Our protagonist, Andi Alpers, is grieving over the death of her younger brother Truman. She is struggling to overcome her misplaced guilt and the only thing getting her through the days is medication and music. The latter is the only one of three things she loves left in this world – her brother is gone, her mother is handling things even worse and her Nobel Prize winner of a father has left them. The deep, sorrowful tunes of old and new masters of music, as well as Andi’s own compositions, fill her iPod and her seemingly empty heart. Of course, being a “depressed artist” doesn’t fly with the authorities – Andi is almost denied her chance to graduate and her father, despite her protests, takes her to Paris with him to live with their old friends while she works on her thesis on a (fictional) French composer Amade Malherbeau and the influence of his work on modern music. Meanwhile, her father and his Parisian friend, G, are working on a project that could change European history as known – they are carrying out a DNA analysis of what could be the heart of Louis XVII – the lost king of France. Andi’s love for history briefly distracts her from the darkness within, but it’s only a short-term relief, like a drug. She finds a better way to deal with things, however, when she finds an old diary amongst G’s historical relics, hidden in an old guitar.

The diary seemingly belongs to a young woman, Alexandrine, who lived through the French revolution and knew Louis XVII personally. Andi is quickly pulled into 18th century France and Alexandrine’s life. From the diary, she finds out that Alex was a poor girl with love of acting and big ambitions. One day, she is noticed by the French royal family and appears to be the only thing that makes young prince Louis laugh. Her family is given a place at the royal court and is beyond thrilled. Alex, however, sees it as a mere stepping stone to fulfil her dream of becoming an actor. Soon she realises that the nation is crumbling and is on the brink of Revolution, which means brutality, anger and bloodshed – if you’re rich. What she doesn’t recognise, however, is that working for some members of the family means conspiring against others, and she is soon pulled into a more dangerous play she could ever dream of being a part of. She has a new role to play, almost every day, and each of them could have fatal consequences.

Andi quickly realises that she has to know more but her thesis waits for no-one. (Un)fortunately, the life and work of Amade Malherbeau and that of Alex are entwined in more than one way (non-romantic, thankfully), as Andi finds out. But, like Alex, she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

I have read this book way back in February, but I was unable to find the words to sum up my emotions then. After a recent re-read (which may not have been the best idea – feeling things in the middle of exams is never good), I decided to try again. However, I am still not sure that my words would be able to do “Revolution” justice.

How can I tell you about what this book made me feel? How can I explain the way the brutal reality, beautifully intervened with French history and musical geniuses of past and present, has stirred up emotions in me which were long forgotten? Can I really successfully attempt to tell you how almost each line in this book has made me laugh, or cry, or sigh? Or how some lines have gone straight through to my heart and are now etched there for eternity?

And you know that I am an incredibly cynical individual by now, so I am not exaggerating. I genuinely cannot carry out reviewing “Revolution” the way I normally review books. The only adequate way to express myself seems to be going through particular significant quotes and tell you how much they meant to me. Warning – this will go on for a while, so if you don’t want to read further – just go pick up “Revolution”. You won’t regret it.

Can I really give this book a rating less than 10/10? The answer is – of course not.

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Book Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

For my review of “Unspoken” – the first book in this series – please see the Sarah Rees Brennan tag.

Naptime is over for Kami, Angela, her brother Rusty and Holly, as Robert Lynburn’s scarecrows attack Sorry-in-the-Vale. Rob is quickly gaining followers in town, who are either terrified of him or still remember the old ways when the Lynburns had the power. Kami attempts to engage her reporter skills to tell people the truth, but to no avail. Her friends’ efforts to help are unfortunately fruitless. Enter the Lynburn cousins (or are they?). Ash is the son of Rob and his wife Lilian who has no attraction to evil stuff. And of course, there is Jared, Kami’s former imaginary friend. At the end of “Unspoken” they, rightly so, severed their mind link, removing their connection to each other. Or so they thought. They are missing each other immensely but what can one do if Jared’s uncle is a magical murderer demanding a blood sacrifice from the town and Jared’s aunt is an aloof, cold witch who wants to take him down but doesn’t want any help from outside the family. She is quickly forced to change her mind about that though – Kami’s instincts and talent for investigation, Angela’s readiness to channel her anger at the evil wizards and Holly’s magical heritage are not something she can do without, it appears. However, what if their forces are not enough to defeat the entire town standing behind Rob? And what if Kami is forced to lose the ones she loves and destroy herself in the process?

 

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Book Review: The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

I have a special place in my heart for fiction that features mythology – perhaps it stems from being raised on the tales of Greek and Norse gods and the relevant adaptations. This particular book focuses on the myth of a changeling, also known as “Podmyonish” in Slavic tales and “Wechselbalg” in Germanic folklore. They have other names in other cultures, but they are commonly presumed to be fairy-type beings that kidnap human children and take their place. Historically, superstitious people believed sick and deformed kids to be changelings and there have been several instances where the law has acquitted the parents who murdered their children because of this.

The poem with the same name by W. B. Yeats, based on the Irish version of the myth, has inspired Keith Donohue to write the book. It tells a story of two beings. One of them is Aniday (formerly Henry Day), a human child who has been kidnapped by the mysterious creatures who seem to be several hundred years old, yet never age. The other is Henry Day, a former human turned changeling turned human again, who assumes the identity of the stolen child and takes his place in the human world. He has to adjust to that world and modern culture and he cannot make his family and friends suspicious. However, he cannot hide his exceptional talent for piano, which the real Henry has never displayed. As he grows up, his father slowly realises that he has been raising an impostor, but everyone else is in awe of “Henry’s” musical skills. What “Henry” doesn’t know, or wishes to remember, is his life as a human before the changelings took him. As he begins to raise a child of his own, however, he realises that he needs to do so, otherwise his son would be taken away by the creatures.

Meanwhile, Aniday struggles to fit in with his new family. They steal, they use fights to resolve conflicts and they don’t understand the point of education or keeping up with the calendar. Only one girl, Speck, understands that Aniday needs to read in order to stay sane. Reading, after all, is one of the only things left for him to hold on to. So they sneak into libraries together while everyone else is hunting for food or cigarettes. Soon, however, Aniday realises that living as a wild changeling is even worse than he thought. The lives of Henry Day and Aniday may be separate, but they are still connected to each other. 

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Fanfic - How About a Game of Pool or Who Needs Fairytales

Just logging in briefly to post my CS fanfic - like I said, I’ll only use this account to post my writings or reviews. 

This is an AU where Emma left Storybrooke and Killian after they got back from Neverland. Pan never possessed Henry, nobody lost their memories and Neal didn’t die. I don’t own Emma or Killian or OUAT.

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windblownpages:

My latest read, it blew my mind. 

windblownpages:

My latest read, it blew my mind. 

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“We’ll go back to the cave” he said.

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mistermooony:

May Book Haul #3 (i am soooo excited to read these)
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba BrayFight Club - Chuck PalahniukI Am the Messenger - Markus ZusakShatter Me - Tahereh MafiThe End of Your Life Bookclub - Will Schwalbe

mistermooony:

May Book Haul #3 (i am soooo excited to read these)

A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi
The End of Your Life Bookclub - Will Schwalbe

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