The long weekend thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday was a good one. I stayed up late to read and was able to finish quite a few books. When’s the next long weekend?
FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
In the Night Wood was a creepy book with an ancient wood that hides a mysterious evil. Mostly though, it is depressing. Dead children and a grieving couple are the heart of this novel that gives new meaning to the term lost. It is not a bad novel, but it is not what I expected either.
Now, The Witch of Willow Hall is exactly what I wanted to read. Ms. Fox establishes the historical setting with the type of clarity that I love in historical fiction. Plus, there is plenty of mysterious, otherworldly happenings to satisfy my need to escape into fantasy. The story has a surprising dark side that may cause more than one reader to cast it aside for the ick factor, but there is also an unexpected sweetness to the story that more than made up for it. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this one and don’t regret it a minute.
I have been savoring The World of All Souls for the past several months, enjoying my forays into Ms. Harkness’ spectacular world a little at a time. I finally sat down to finish it and loved every minute of it. Seeing pictures of the actual areas in which the trilogy occurs as well as castles and buildings Ms. Harkness used as inspiration helped bring the world of the Clairmonts and Bishops to life. The illustrations are fabulous, as is the additional information about each of the characters and their backgrounds. I cannot wait for the TV series to premiere in the US next year!
Sawkill Girls is my third novel by Claire Legrand, my second this year, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her stories are amazing, and her writing is outstanding. However, it is her characters that have captured my heart. They are not your average YA heroines. More importantly, her characters do not let men dictate their actions or their fate. In her latest novel, female relationships are at the heart of the story, and the girls learn to rewrite the rules to suit them because no one else is willing to do so. Ms. Legrand’s message is so critical and told so well that I want everyone to read it.
DID NOT FINISH:
I have so many fantasy novels that they will keep me busy for the next month.
So, what are you reading?