These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Review: Garden Spells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Garden Spells is the first of the two Waverley Family books, and it will leave you diving straight into the second book. Honestly, it was a truly adorable read, addictive in so many ways.
My friend won this book in a giveaway and positively adored it, thus I knew I needed to give it a read. When she read the second book and enjoyed that too, I knew that I’d be jumping into the series as soon as I had the chance.
Garden Spells is a truly immersive magical realism world. It’s one of those magical realism books where the magic is extremely subtle. You know it is there, you can see it all around you, and yet it is never thrown in your face. Comments are consistently made, but there is none of the fireworks you often see in these stories. The magic is merely a background to the much deeper, more wonderful aspects of this story.
This is a story of family, of love, of being yourself. It’s one of those books with many deep meaningful messages. The kind that tells you so much without feeling like a lecture from your mother. From the very start, family plays a major role in this story. There’s reconnection, finding out truths, and being there for each other. Not long after, the romance is brought into this story. It mixes in so well with the family elements of the story, never becoming an over the top tale. It’s sweet and addictive, much like the entire book. Throughout it all, we have a darkness lurking in the background. You’re constantly waiting for the penny to drop, for the secrets to come together in an explosive manner.
It really was an addictive read. So lovely and sweet. Words cannot do justice to how adorable the story was. Without a doubt, it’s a worthwhile book.
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