A mixed bag - some wonderful characters and spectacular uses of language was surrounded by a convoluted and confusing plot.
Perhaps not as enchanting as her other work, du Maurier explores an interesting concept that bears striking similarities to current political climates.
3/5 stars This novel was an odd one for me. It took me so long to read it, mainly due to personal circumstances. I also think I enjoyed the concept at the centre of the plot, rather than the execution. It’s not badly written at all, but I expected more from it. In The Growing… Continue reading Review: The Growing Season, by Helen Sedgwick (2017)
Earlier today, I finally had enough courage to remove the packaging from an illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that I received for Christmas. I say 'courage' because my fear of damaging this book in any way - a creased page, a greasy fingerprint, spilt food or drink - overwhelmed my anticipation… Continue reading Bookish Protectiveness
4/5 stars Anne was the one Brontë whose work I had not read previously, and had had barely an inclination to read. Overshadowed as her work is by that of her sisters, I suppose she’d just not shown up on my radar. I am so glad I changed that when I picked up The Tenant… Continue reading Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë (1848)
Major Harry Potter fan that I am, I was so excited when two of my friends presented me with this gorgeous book. I'm yet to visit (or book tickets for) the exhibition at the British Library, but this book is a fantastic introduction and companion to it. One of the first things I noticed when… Continue reading Review: Harry Potter – A History of Magic (2017)
“When my hand slips from the knife, my first thought is that using it wasn’t as difficult as I assumed it would be. I feel elated, initially, until I notice the blood. It flows quickly, determinedly. It stains my sweatshirt, my trousers, even the floor, and that’s when my elation turns to fear. It’s gone… Continue reading Review: The House, by Simon Lelic (2017)