A story that reimagines the beginning of the little mermaid story, full of friendship (love), revenge and magic. The pace builds throughout the story, making the second half of the story more enjoyable.
Despite feeling that I would get more out of these if I reread the earlier ones before I start a new one, coming back to London with Peter, Nightingale, Beverley and Molly is always wonderful. A bit of history, some surprises, plenty of magic and a lot of laughs, all in London – a pleasure.
Morrigan Crow has finally found out what her knack is, and it has given her entry into the Wundrous Society, but is it a force for good or evil? Wundersmith: The calling of Morrigan Crow is as marvellous as the first book. Full of fascinating places, colourful characters and antics, a thrilling mystery and so much heart. It is a world of wonder, danger, treachery, loyalty, friendship and kindness, a place for people of all ages to enjoy.
Number 7 is out in a few days, so I thought I had best read 5.5, which I had missed. It’s only a quick story, but satisfying none the less, with the delightfully quirky characters, magical mysteries, and dry humour that we expect from the series. Lots of fun, as always.
I once grew my hair to look like Audrey Tautou in Amélie. I realised that the comparisons were not in my favour. Comparing new books to Harry Potter is a similarly risky move, but in this case, I think it works. As I read Nevermoor: The trials of Morrigan Crow, I was strongly reminded of Harry Potter many times, but in a good way. The story of cursed child, Morrigan’s, rescue from death, and removal to Nevermoor where she competes to join the Wundrous Society is full of delightful characters, twists and turns, joy, fear, sadness, laughs and a lot of fun. It’s great for younger readers, and, like all good books for young people, for those of any age who love a heartwarming, sweet, and funny tale of wonder.
I love that Hazel has taken the story of the Cottingly fairies and added her own characters to create this novel. It is full of warmth and magic, and even includes a lovely bookshop! The overarching theme of the story is that for magic to happen, you first have to believe.
Cloudwish is the story of a girl whose parents came to Australia by boat, after the fall of Saigon. She has a scholarship to a fancy, private school in Melbourne, and tries to find her own space in two different worlds. There’s lots of typical, coming of age issues, but also plenty of diversity, a hint of magic, a sweetly complicated romance and Jane Eyre; a lot to like about this book.
A Corner of White is a clever, quirky, funny and wildly imaginative story, set in two worlds. One is our world ( Cambridge specifically) and the other, the Kingdom of Cello. There is adventure, romance, science, poetry and gorgeous detail. I’ll be back for the next one.
Every Heart a Doorway is an odd little story about a school for children who walked through doorways to strange lands, that on their return home, they long for. It started really well, and there is lots of imaginative detail, but I found it just too short and abrupt to have captured me fully. The characters were well drawn, if a little self-consciously diverse, but the action happened too quickly. It would probably make a good movie, that would be too scary for me!
Set in an alternate, modern day Britain, The Gilded Cage is about power and the class system, with a magical twist. The aristocrats, or Equals, have magic, called Skill, and they rule, making every commoner spend 10 years of their lives as slaves to them. One family begin their slave days together and become entwined with Equals, caught up in political machinations as they try to protect each other. It’s dark and clever, engrossing and, sadly, the recently released first book in the series. Now, to wait for the next….