Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Review: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Title: The Lie Tree
Author: Frances Hardinge
Illustrated by: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 496
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge - called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen.

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father's journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith's search for the tree leads her into great danger - for where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

Friday, 15 September 2017

Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

Title: My Cousin Rachel
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Publisher: Virago
Pages: 352
Genres: Classics
Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in making Philip his heir, knowing he will treasure his beautiful Cornish estate. But Philip's world is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and then dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances.

Before long, the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - arrives in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, mysterious woman. But could she have masterminded Ambrose's death?

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review: Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 & 2

Title: Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 & 2
Author: Ichigo Takano
Translated by: Amber Tamosaitis
Publisher: Seven Seas
Pages: 384
Genres: Manga, Shojo
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?

Friday, 8 September 2017

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories.

This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned.

August 2017 - Reading Wrap Up

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Brontë
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Pages: 608
Genres: Classics
When the mysterious and beautiful young widow Helen Graham becomes the new tenant at Wildfell Hall rumours immediately begin to swirl around her. As her neighbour Gilbert Markham comes to discover, Helen has painful secrets buried in her past that even his love for her cannot easily overcome.