The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell {Review}

I got this gorgeous covered book for my birthday this year, and it’s not my usual go-to genre but it sounded really intriguing so I couldn’t wait to dive in. The match-book blurb goes like this: Our recently widowed protagonist is sent to see out her pregnancy in her late husband’s disintegrating country estate – but spooky things start to happen and haunt the residents.

One of the fun things about this version of the book is that the cover hides a lot of secrets from the story itself, and it’s great to flick back to the cover once you’ve uncovered it and have that ‘ahhh!’ moment! Continue reading

Advertisements

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire by Brian Keaney {Review}

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is a historical fiction based in Victoria London. It follows three very different people and their lives and shows how they intertwine in a very ‘it’s a small world’ kind of way. Our three protagonists are a young woman turned prostitute, a captured and sold slave struggling to adjust to live away from his homeland and a fictionalised version of the real life Thomas De Quincey. What follows is an enjoyable venture through fictional history for about two thirds of the book. Continue reading

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan {Review}

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a book that is not easily reviewed whilst staying away from spoilers – but I will do my best and promise to keep this spoiler free for you all! I’m also going to refer to the book as simply Penumbra’s for the rest of this review.

Penumbra’s is a good story, but, unfortunately, it’s flawed – I also believe that it’s marketed to the wrong audience. I think it would have had more success as a young adult novel, rather than an adult one. Continue reading

Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey {Review}

Illustrated books tend to divide readers – some love them and think they add to the story and others think that they limit the reader’s imagination. My preference depends on the book’s intended reader. For example; I’m all for illustrations in books for children (and here I’d like to differentiate between ‘children’ and ‘young adult’) but I don’t usually like to see illustrations in any other books unless they are special illustrated editions – such as the gorgeous Harry Potter books illustrated by the amazing Jim Kay!

But Areh promises a “decadently lush visual experience quite unlike any other” – so naturally my interest was piqued. Illustrations, to me, are usually a nice addition to books, but with Areh they are just as much a part of the book as the words are. Continue reading

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee {Review}

Pachinko was one of those books that I’d started seeing all over bookstagram and I just kept thinking two things – that cover is gorgeous and I had to have it! Then I found out more about the story and I knew that this had to be moved to the top of my TBR list immediately. Luckily for me my amazing friend had seen my enthusiasm for Pachinko and bought me a copy as a present – thank you Dena!

Pachinko is a 4 generation family saga set in both Korea and Japan that starts in the early 1900’s, before a divided Korea, when Japan annexed Korea and it goes through times of historical importance, such as World War 2, and ends in the 1980’s. It is utterly heart-breaking but an essential read. Continue reading