WWW Wednesday

 

It’s time for the WWW Wednesday meme brought to you all by Taking on a World of Words

 

What Are You Currently Reading?

Starve Acre

GoodReads:
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

I’m only about 10% in, just starting it this morning but it already has all my attention. There’s something so haunting in the prose that it just seems like it’s going to wrap itself quietly around me and draw me in.

 

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

Monster on the Moors (A Bobby Holmes Mystery)

GoodReads:
Monster On The Moors is an MG-YA horror thriller that takes place in the eerie North York Moors of England. Clairvoyant Bobby Holmes, his American cousin Brenda Watson, and their friends, wise guy Stevie and Michael (who is challenged by Asperger Syndrome), are drawn into a deadly mystery. They are hunted by an ancient wolf creature controlled by evil witches of British lore. When one of their friends is captured, they must rely on the investigations of a librarian who is more than he seems, the mystical gifts of a gypsy king, a mysterious stranger at the center of it all, and their own wits in a desperate race to save their friend and come out alive.

I’ve already done a small review of this on GoodReads, I don’t know that I’ll expand upon it, it was cute, but ultimately I think didn’t live up to its potential.

I also finished reading Practical Magic so lookout for a review of that on my blog to come in the next week or so!

 

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

The Black Hawks (Articles of Faith, #1)

GoodReads:
Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home.
When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath.
All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins.
With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.
Prepare to join the Black Hawks.

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The Naseby Horses
GoodReads:
Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village the family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister.

Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?

Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

These are both back due ARCs in need of reading and review, in fact, after I finish ‘Starve Acre’ my NG list will be down to 10, so I’m getting all excited and tingly [in an appropriate manner mind you, no dirty minds here]

What are you reading? What do you plan on reading? Why has 2019 gone by so fast??!

The Betrayal of Ka Review

 

 

The Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1)

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GoodReads:
As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.

A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.

With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

My Review

 

I love science fiction, there’s not a doubt about that, and reading the synopsis of this had me intrigued. But. Ya’ll. I was not prepared.

The grittiness of it kept recalling me to ‘Akira’ the way that Ka seemed so self-assured at the start, but strip that away and you found yourself with a sympathetic character. Someone you wanted to root for, especially as he is so aware of his mistakes and the cost of them.

The idea of how Ka is human, but makes him alien to other planets with humans, well, I thought that was pretty awesome.

The story is between two worlds, and at first, I was wondering what the purpose was in doing it this way, but, once you find out it’s like ‘oooh, that, that was a pretty good idea.’ But on a more serious note, I did enjoy reading Ka’s parts best in the book and wish that the large time gap that occurs wouldn’t have been so…gaping. I wanted to see more of his life in that time period, but I totally understood why they did it that way.

There’s a good set of characters, you are deeply involved in them and wanting to know what will happen, and I think Oliver just did a fantastic job with building up this world and the plot was unique and brilliant.

My biggest issue would have been, aside from the time gap which is more of a preference than anything else, the ease of which people believe Mr. Freeman and Hector. It just seemed too accepting, I wanted to see more of a struggle with it. Though I think the transprophetics were what made things easily believable.

The way everything came together was definitely satisfying and I cannot wait to read what happens in book 2 which I’ll be purchasing this month! Thank you to the author, Shea Oliver for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Overall a solid four cups of hot chocolate read, a great addition to the scifi genre!

 

About the Author

Shea R. Oliver

Shea Oliver is a science fiction and horror writer with a passion for telling stories that challenge readers’ assumptions and stereotypes. In his first published novel, The Betrayal of Ka, a protagonist’s decision to sell drugs to a young boy results in the death of the child.

Shea enjoys taking readers them on deeply emotional journeys to explore his characters motivations, mindset, and decisions. While his stories are written to be entertaining tales, they also are designed to be works that prompt readers to explore their own thoughts, behaviors, and treatment of others.

During a difficult personal period, Shea solo-climbed and sat alone atop a high mountain peak in Rocky Mountain National Park to assess his life. As he mediated in that beautiful setting, his long-dormant dream of becoming a novelist reemerged, and the next day, he began writing his first novel.

Shea’s professional career spans numerous industries with significant experience in enterprise software sales and digital marketing. He has founded multiple companies, coached other entrepreneurs, and taught public speaking at Colorado State University.

Shea happily declares that his greatest achievement in life is being the father to two amazing sons. He is also an ardent nature lover, teardrop trailer enthusiast, and photographer. When not pounding on his keyboard, Shea can often be found in the wilderness, hiking alone, and enjoying life.

Author Links

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Dark Hollows – Blog Tour

 

Guys, guess what? I’m like 90% sure this is my last blog tour for the year unless I’ve forgotten something. Which I mean there’s like a 10% chance that I have forgotten something. Anyway, onto the tour!

 

Dark Hollows

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GoodReads:
Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont.

But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book.

Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left outside his house, a gift he gave her years before hanging from the trees.

But it can’t be Laura. Because Laura’s dead.

Someone knows Jacob’s secret—what really happened the night Laura died—and they’re out for revenge…

Book Information:
Author: Steve Frech
Publisher: HQ Digital
Format: eBook
Page Count: 384
Publication Date: December 6, 2019

My Review

Trigger Warning: This book contains violence/gore, and some jarring scenes.

I wasn’t sure that I could read any more favorite thrillers but it seems that I was proven wrong.

Dark Hollows was hands down one of the best thrillers I read this year. Frech knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I started it thinking ‘I’ll read a chapter or two before bed’ well, that ended up being a lie. I read the first 40% straight through in a sitting and had to force myself to put it down because it was past 1 am.

This book was INTENSE.

Jacob was the sort of character where you knew you shouldn’t feel sorry for him, but you did, at least a little. I mean he was like a worse version of John Wick.

That’s right. There’s a dog. But, in this scenario, the dog is kidnapped.

Jacob is trying to move on with his life after a dark and sordid incident from his past, but, the past doesn’t go away just because you want it to. Some things follow you. Especially if there’s the taint of revenge unfulfilled.

The pacing was excellent to the point whereas I’ve said, I had to force myself to put it down. It’s a wild ride from start to finish.

Jacob thinks he might be going crazy and the things that happen to him have you questioning everything at all times. And I love that.

The real question is, will Jacob have to pay for his past deeds? And just how much will he have to pay.

When does the past catch up?

Five out of five cups of coffee/hot chocolate. If you’re a thriller fan, I highly recommend this one!

 

About the Author

Steve grew up in… You know what? I hate writing stuff in the third person, so here it is:

I was born in East Chicago, Indiana. I grew up in the small town of Troy, OH.

I attended Miami University of Ohio and received a BFA in Theater. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and writing but quickly discovered that I don’t like actors… Just kidding. I have a ton of actor friends and I love you all.

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Reverie eARC Review

 

 

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

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GoodReads:
Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

Purchase Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

I know this is December, the year is almost at an end, but let me tell you, I think this may be one of the best books of 2020.

The LGBTQ rep in this was amazing!

It was a diverse and wonderful read and I would gift this to every single teen I know who likes to read, hands down, no matter their genre preference because this book defies genres. It is magical realism but it’s also the story of teenagers trying to work together and all the while we have Kane trying to figure out who he is. There’s intrigue, drama, love, diversity, magic, and the power of what the subconscious can do. I’m totally for this book, I loved it.

But, don’t be fooled, this is not. meant to be a deep soul searching novel for all the teenagers in this book. The focus of ‘soul searching’ is limited to Kane as he is the center of this story. This is also a very plot-driven book. So, if you’re one who likes the focus of a story to be on characters and their development, you may not love this as much as I did.

Or maybe you will because there’s a drag queen sorceress villain.

So. I mean, seriously, how could you not be at the very least a little excited?

I think this was really well-paced, I was a little hesitant seeing how long it was after having just finished another longer book, but then I read the first chapter and I was hooked. The story is always moving, even when they’re not in the midst of action, there’s still a purpose to it all.

Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat from like chapter 2 onward, it was crazy, and it’s so rare that I’m like that while reading a book. [Apparently reading a billion thrillers will numb you a little to things lol]

There’s romance, but it’s again not the focus, though, I did enjoy it every time it showed up because I shipped Kane and his LI so hard, they are adorable.

All the characters were cinnamon rolls and I loved them and you just want to protect them all…from the Author of course 😉

Seriously, give this book a chance, it shows you that sometimes your fantasies/daydreams/dreams are more powerful than you think, that there is a price to pay from lingering in them. And that just because you thought them up, doesn’t mean you’re safe from them.

It also shows you how friendships can be tested in the most extreme, and the power of trust.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an eARC in exchange for my honest review

Pros:
-Kane is so amazingly gay, he has rainbow powers
-Kane is a really strong and sympathetic character
-Dean Flores is precious
-Ursala also precious
-Remember they are all cinnamon rolls that need our protection
-Reveries are pretty cool and dangerous
-Evil Drag Queen Sorceress
-Creepy monsters, or are they?
-Magic

Cons:
-Plot-driven, not character-driven
-The Reveries were slightly confusing at times
-I wanted to understand more how the magic worked
-You wanted things to be a bit more fleshed out before the ending happened
-Wish there would have been more of his family in it, I totally got why his sister was in as much/not as much as she was, it made total sense. Could have seen more of his parents though.
-Why is there not more??

Sorcery of Thorns eARC Review

 

 

DO NOT JUDGE ME, I KNOW THIS IS A VERY LATE REVIEW.

I…I just got busy and finally, I read it. It’s part of my attempt to slay the crap out of my NetGalley list so I can go into 2020 not feeling overwhelmed lol.

We’ll see how that goes hahaha.

Onto the book!

Sorcery of Thorns

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GoodReads:
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

I decided I couldn’t let 2019 pass without having read this. book. Rogerson has nailed down such an awesome magic system and the libraries are definitely my favorite part. I mean, magical grimoires, magisters who get their magic from a demon bond, and librarians who are absolutely kick-ass? YES TO ALL THAT.

Silas and Magister Thorn were hands down my favourites but Elisabeth had so much heart and sincerity it was impossible not to care for our protagonist. She’s a cinnamon roll with amazing strength [physically and internally] and I adored that she was tall.

As a short person, I want to be tall. I want to be able to look over people’s heads and I think that so often we associate female characters with being fierce and dainty, but, what’s wrong with being tall and fierce and with a kind heart? We need all sorts of different looking characters.

The complexity of the bond with demons and magisters is so unique. One provides magic, one provides years. I loved watching Elisabeth learn more about magisters, to realize maybe learning from the Library, where magic is held as a sinister danger, could have led to some biased views on her part. But, she’s not above learning to adjust her views.

Elisabeth and Silas’s interactions were some of my favorite to read, they had such a unique bond and the honesty between them is what I enjoyed most. But I definitely appreciated the friendship between Katrien and Elisabeth and I want Katrien to have a book of her own lol.

The banter that came from Nathaniel was A++ stuff, and I loved him so much, but this is where I give you all my grievances.

The only reason I did not rate this five stars is because, despite how much I absolutely LOVED this book, I just felt like something was missing from Nathaniel and Elisabeth’s interactions and relationship in general. I just wanted them to have a more genuine connection than we got. I did feel as if Silas and Elisabeth had better interaction, not romantically, just for a genuine friendship.

There are more moments of Silas and Elisabeth interacting than Nathaniel and Elisabeth and because of the lack of interaction, and the shallow level of their interactions, I found it hard to believe they were connected so deeply.

The ending was on point!! I definitely found myself going ‘WHY’ even though I had a feeling I knew what was coming, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable or impactful.

The pacing was well done, Silas and Elisabeth well fleshed out, and great development in Elisabeth. We needed more Katrien, but, I can live with the awesome moments she did have, and Nathaniel’s snark/sarcasm was amazing and aspirational lol.

There was a superb villain, and I could have read about the libraries all-day long.

As many have asked, why is this a standalone?! I NEED MORE!

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Pros:
-Unique Magic System
-Magical Libraries
-Kick-ass Librarians
-Katrien
-Silas’s fashion sense
-Nathaniel’s wit
-Elisabeth’s heart
-Devious villain with devious plotting
-Books with thoughts and souls
-Magical Books

Cons:
-Not Enough Katrien
-Not many moments with Elisabeth and Nathaniel
-Not enough magical library moments
-Sometimes could be too predictable
-Shallow feeling to the relationship between Elisabeth and Nathaniel
-Wanted More World Building because it seemed awesome
-It’s a standalone

 

About the Author

Margaret  Rogerson

Margaret writes fantasy for young adult readers. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and when she’s not reading or writing she enjoys drawing, watching documentaries, making pudding, gaming, and exploring the outdoors in search of toads and mushrooms.

Author Links

Website | Twitter | Tumblr

November 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

Sit down my children, and let me tell you a story, a story of how Hermes shipping decided to play me the fool and make me want to flip tables.

My Fairyloot box was accidentally shipped to my old address, user error, but the people at Fairyloot were super nice and understanding, I explained I could probably get the box, but they said if not, no worries they would mail it to my new address when it got sent back to them, in the scenario that I couldn’t get to it.

Cool, no pressure.

I get the Hermes App so I can keep an eye on the package, it says ‘oh hey, we’re going to try and deliver this on Saturday’ and I’m like ‘yaaas this is great because I’ll already be around my old address then for family things. Perfect.’

Hermes: Okay we’re gonna deliver this between 10-2.

Me: Cool, okay I’m ready.

Hermes: Oh okay make that between 12-2.

Me: Still not a problem! I’ve set my preference to leave it on the ‘porch’ so if I’m not there, that’ll work out.

Hermes: Oh yea we got that preference. We got you.

Me: Awesome, that’s a relief!

Hermes: *cackles*

Me: …Wha-what?

Hermes: We totally left it with your neighbour.

Me:…Wait, what?! Which one?!

Hermes: Idk, the one named Young.

Me: …I..I don’t know their names! It’s a complex, what’s their number?!

Hermes: Peace Out.

Me: Nooooooo

I then proceeded to knock on every single neighbour’s door asking if they had a black box for a Haley Flores at number 14. No one did, and then lo and behold, the last door we knocked on…

Me: Hi, did you get a package earlier today?

Neighbour: Yea, about half an hour ago, it was for number 11, I already gave it to them!

Me: oh…no. Well, do you know who Young is? They say my package went there.

Neighbour: Yea that’s me, but I didn’t get a package for number 14.

Me: hmm, maybe it was mislabeled…

I go to number 11, an elderly woman, and wait forever, we talk, she says she had the package but it was for her and she’s already opened it.

Guys. I was like ‘omg this old lady has stolen my Fairyloot box, what world is this?’ But I’m also like ‘well she’s opened it and it wasn’t a black box, it can’t be for me, but Hermes says that’s my package.’

I knock on the neighbour’s door one last time.

Me: I’m so sorry but what colour was the package?

Neighbour: Oh, it wasn’t really a package it was a large odd-shaped parcel.

Me: Ah, thank you…

We laugh about where in the world my package could be, thankfully the older woman did NOT rip me off and faith was restored in humanity and destroyed in Hermes.

I write this off as possibly being a loss if the tracking number was connected to the wrong package, well, who knew where the hell it could be and I told Fairyloot the odd update.

[Okay it was more like a couple of days later.]

 

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Ahahaha, WHAT?

Well, it seems they duplicated the tracking number, and in the end, they left it outside the door of my old place on the ‘porch’ as requested and I was able to pick it up yesterday on my Husband’s lunch break.

 

Now, onto the actual unboxing now that storytime is over!

This means…

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Okay, all cozy, let’s get this started

 

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So pretty…NOW GIMME THE MERCH

 

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Lani Taylor quoted Sleep mask, and omg it’s so soft! I don’t use these, but considering I’m going on a long flight, this is going on the plane with me, YAY FOR EYE PILLOWS AND COVERAGE.

 

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Ah…patch…very cute! But, I’m not a fan of patches, so, I’ve offered this up on Depop already, but, very cute!

 

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SPIN THE DAWN WOODMARK!! IT’S SO PRETTY And I love this book![But also so fragile feeling, so I’ve put it somewhere safe, but it is gorgeous]

 

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This was my favorite thing from the unboxing, it’s divided up into months and is SO HANDY and USEFUL. YAY!

 

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Of course, I’m a huge Potterhead, so, this is already on my Christmas tree and I adore this wooden ornament.

 

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I’ve never used a phone holder/ring so, I’m really excited to try this one out, but, I plan on using it AFTER I get back from holiday as I use a wallet case at the moment and it comes in handy for holding things lol.

 

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The Tarot cards are GORGEOUS and from ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ but…if you all read my review of it, you know I am not a fan, so, I’ve put these up on Depop too lol, but they are incredibly pretty!

 

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Could..could this be, a secret box?!

 

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IT IS! And guess who has put all her bookmarks in this already? That’s right. This Girl!

 

 

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Gorgeous, right? I am in love with this and plan on framing it I think…and now…

 

The book

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I admit I had not heard of this, it’s gorgeous though and has lovely black sprayed edges. I plan on joining in the Fairyloot read-along for this.

 

So there we have it, the saga of getting and unboxing my Fairyloot November 2019 Box

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The Woman with Wings – Blog Tour

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GoodReads:
In this heart-warming tale of female empowerment, a young woman comes to terms with the revelation that she may be able to fly.

Alison Spedding is a loner; no real friends, no boyfriend and a job in which she goes unnoticed. At thirty-two, her only passion is birdwatching.

One afternoon, high on a Scottish mountain, earnestly waiting for the rarest of sights – a white tailed eagle returning to its nest – she slips, falling silently. In shock, her fellow twitchers return to the hostel to raise the alarm, heavy with the realisation that she must be dead. What they find shocks them even more. Alison is already there, alive and unscathed…

Further similar episodes cause Alison’s grip on reality to slip, her mind spiralling towards breaking point. In her dreams she sees a huge shadow on the ground, as if there was a creature above her, a creature with huge wings…

Her infatuated colleague Jed is concerned. Can he intervene before Alison finally loses control?

This is an extraordinary novel, exploring one woman’s identity whilst posing universal questions: Who is she? Where does she belong? And must she accept her fate, or can she spread her wings and be free at last?

My Review

Hi everyone, today I have the pleasure of reviewing ‘The Woman with Wings,’ I had read another book by our author MacManus, ‘Ike and Kay’ and enjoyed it, so I was interested to see what I would make of this one. Especially because they are two completely different novels in genre and even style of prose.

This is a contemporary novel with a slight fantasy twist, and one where the woman’s story is the only story versus the love story that was the historical fiction read of ‘Ike and Kay.’

Alison survived a fall that she shouldn’t have, and there’s no explanation for it. But the thing is, what if it’s the impossible that enabled her to survive her fall off a Scottish mountainside?

Aside from this looming question, we go on this journey with Alison to see how she changes after this event, not just in questioning the event itself, but in the direction she’s taking her own life. Stuck in the humdrum of the corporate world, an enthusiastic bird watcher such as Alison finds herself questioning her place in the world.

This is the heartwarming part of the tale, Alison finding herself, questioning what she wants and dealing with the crazy antics that seem to follow her about in the forms of coworkers, bosses, and more.

I loved her spirit in this, she was a great protagonist and her journey is one I extremely enjoyed.

There’s such a hilarious feel to the antics that Alison goes through, and where once she seemed to pass easily into obscurity, she now finds herself in the spotlight with some rather ridiculously funny characters. MacManus does a great job with the dark humour in this and he never gets so ridiculous that you lose sight of Alison’s personal struggles.

One reason I didn’t rate it higher was that I felt the pacing was a bit jarring at times, it felt uneven and at times struggled with the plot becoming a little too obscure. But, I still found it a very enjoyable read, and I thought it was such a nice change of pace compared to everything else I’ve read in the past couple of months.

MacManus is a talented writer, easily able to switch genres and writing styles completely and competently.

Thank you to Endeavour Quill for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

James MacManus has worked in the newspaper business for 46 years. He is currently the Managing Director of the Times Literary Supplement.

He is the author of On the Broken Shore (The Language of the Sea, UK edition), and Ocean Devil: The Life and Legend of George Hogg which was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

His latest book, Black Venus, is a vivid novel of Charles Baudelaire and his lover Jeanne Duval, the Haitian cabaret singer who inspired his most famous and controversial poems, set in nineteenth-century Paris. Duckworth will publish the UK edition of Black Venus on February 27th 2014.The UK edition follows the successful launch of the novel in the US by Thomas Dunne books of New York.

Author Links

Twitter | Webpage

 

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