Engrossing. In my opinion, elements that make for an excellent novel are deep, intertwining storylines and thought provoking and elegant prose. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova ticked all those boxes for me.
The Unicorn Road Synopsis: An old Englishman sits by a harbour inSpain, hoping each day to hear what might have happened to the son he last saw as a child, many years before. He cannot die in peace until he knows. Dominic was sent to the royal court of Sicily, as page to the great […]
BOOK REVIEW : I can see why so many people loved The Time Traveler’s Wife – there’s something in it for everyone! I don’t normally enjoy science fiction so I originally had my reservations about the time travelling aspect of this story. My concerns about the time travelling and its potential ‘gimmick’ factor were completely […]
BOOK REVIEW : In this story Alderson introduces a diverse mix of outrageous, larger than life characters – in locations ranging from the streets of Sydney’s Kings Cross to the pristine Australian Outback. The flaw in some chick lit these days is the lead characters are written as though they are saints and only mix […]
BOOK REVIEW : Another amazing book by Joanna Hines (see my review on ‘Surface Tension’ also) – she really deserves to be much more well known. This story is deep, complex and gripping. Hines has an uncanny ability to achieve two things with her writing – craft and tell an intriguing, mesmerizing story, but also […]
BOOK REVIEW : An absolute masterpiece – this book really does deserve all the praise its received and its position on the bestseller lists! This is such a beautifully written story, a piece of art – at times I re-read passages just to admire the way Nemirovsky describes the scene, finding joy and beauty in […]
What girl doesn’t like a fun summer read? This is good chick lit, a story about a girl in and out of love, who can’t see what she has right in front of her (at times she’s slightly too oblivious to be believable). Keyes has a great knack of writing interesting, sharp and snappy dialogue, […]
This modern Asian love story is an ‘epic’ drama. On the plus side, the female protagonist is a well crafted and very likeable character. Although a doomed love affair, Elegant has provided enough twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued and wanting to know more. On the down side, I found this story a […]