Julie C. Dao is one of my auto-buy authors -- I totally fell in love with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and adored The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. I thought that with the completion of the Rise of the Empress duology, we would leave the world of Feng Lu forever. So imagine my surprise and delight to discover that Song of the Crimson Flower, her latest book, was set in the same world! This book completely stands alone from the Rise of the Empress duology, but will still delight fans of the original books with some familiar faces and themes.
Joanne Harris is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. Pocketful of Crows was a standout read from last year, and The Blue Salt Road is just as good. I really appreciate retellings of lesser known fairy tales and folklore, and the Child Ballads fit the bill perfectly. Harris’s haunting style and talent for storytelling bring The Blue Salt Road to life.
It is Bank Holiday Eve, you guys! Although we are guaranteed to not have nice weather here in the UK, I’m still looking forward to three days of books, doggies, and family. Scottish Fiance and I are off to my parents’ house and I seriously cannot wait. Is it 5pm yet?
Uprooted is a book that I absolutely love and am very thankful for. It’s the book that broke the worst reading slump of my life, which had been carrying on for months. I love it so much, despite its (romance) problems, and I constantly recommend it. You can probably imagine my excitement when I heard about her next novel, Spinning Silver. After months of pining, my copy arrived in the post and I was so thrilled to get reading.
The Hazel Wood is a book that has been lurking at the back of my mind since 2017 – it’s a book that sounded absolutely perfect for me. I love a dark fairy tale, so when you throw in a New York setting and fuzz the barriers between fiction and reality it basically becomes my catnip. However, I think that my own expectations got in the way of my enjoyment of this book.
Ever since reading her wonderful book The Gospel of Loki, I’ve been meaning to read more by Joanne M. Harris. She’s a wonderful storyteller and seems to favor mythology lately, a big plus in my book, so I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Pocketful of Crows.