#BookReview THE SISTERS GRIMM by MENNA VAN PRAAG @ThePigeonholeHQ

ABOUT THE BOOK

The critically acclaimed author of The House at the End of Hope Street combines love, mystery, and magic with her first foray into bewitching fantasy with a dark edge evocative of V.E. Schwab and Neil Gaiman.

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

PUBLISHED BY  BANTAM PRESS

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

whsmith

MY REVIEW

I read this via THE PIGEONHOLE app.

I loved the mix of female characters, fantasy and the modern world in this compelling story, and it’s one of those books that you really lose yourself in! And that opening is a brilliant way to lead you into the Sisters Grimm world – very inspiring!

The 4 sisters are struggling with their own problems in their day to day life, but there’s always that feeling that there’s something more going on with visions and dreams and it was so rewarding seeing how the story built up when these ‘sisters’ are reunited approaching their 18th birthdays – when a whole new life is ahead of them and they have to choose their paths! This is a coming of age of a different kind for them all!

My favourite sister is Goldie as I just found her story easier to connect with and the introduction of Leo added the romance element which I really enjoyed. But all the sisters had their own interesting stories and the way the story was told really worked for me – I liked dipping in and out of each of their timelines while strange things started to happen and they were trying to work out why these things were going on.

It was magical and mystical, filled with dark and light moments and the struggles each girl faced made them much easier to find a connection with for me as a reader. These girls aren’t perfect – they’re torn, they have fears and doubts, life doesn’t always work out for them as they hoped and there’s always that element of wondering whether they are going to go down a darker path. It’s a story about finding your place in the world and that’s a very easy thing to relate to! A fabulous fantasy read – and I’m hoping there’ll be more from this Grimm world!

★★★★

#BlogTour THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H.G. PARRY #BookReview @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orbitbooks @hg_parry

Delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H.G.PARRY – my thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The ultimate book-lover’s fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob — a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life — hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his life’s duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world… and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing.

There’s someone else who shares his powers. It’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them, before these characters tear apart the fabric of reality.

published by Orbit Books

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

H. G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, film and media studies. Her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction and small press anthologies. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel.

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MY REVIEW

A joy to read!! And I now have an overwhelming desire to read all of Dickens’ work and see if I can work the magic to make my favourite (and those not so favourite!) characters  leap from the pages of a variety of books into my world, and see what transpires! Because if it’s as half as entertaining as the goings on in this book then it will make the world an interesting place to be!

This book is an ode to books, a love letter to reading and all the places that stories take us, and to the characters it introduces us to. With the background that Charley Sutherland has, it allows the author to have so much fun with his ‘ability’ of bringing book characters to life. Something he’s been able to do since his childhood – it’s only when they start to cause trouble in the real world that he questions  this power and needs to find a way to put a stop to it all. His older brother, Rob, has always been the one to help him out in sticky situations and he’s drawn into this ‘split’ world in a big way throughout this story. Can  he keep on going on fixing things for his little brother and the more he begins to investigate the past and these happenings, the more the plot thickens!

I loved the strangeness of the book! It was such good fun trying to guess which fictional character would appear next, and it was a perfect mix of the fun and serious! From Darcy to Dorian, Jabberwocky to Dr Frankenstein (to name but a few!), it’s a real blast to see these characters operate out of context – some to help, others to hinder!

There’s a great humour about the book as well, and it sits well with the mystery aspect along with the family dynamics and I just kept hoping the story would never end!

It’s inventive, insane, emotional and incredibly enjoyable and I loved every single minute of my time in the world of Charley and Uriah Heep! Highly recommended!!

★★★★★