Book Reviews

Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three is about three friends who work at the same magazine and meet for cocktails on the first of every month.

The premise of this book is good, however, it is poorly written. About every second or third page the focus switches characters; it made it difficult to really get into the plot lines. The whole story felt rather blah. The novel lacks a hook to make you want to keep reading, and the plot is fairly predictable. None of the characters were particularly likeable.

My Rating: 1/5

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The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch’s Daughter is about a woman who becomes a witch. Bess spends her life on the run from the warlock who turned her into a witch. In modern day Bess meets a teenaged girl whom she befriends and begins teaching her the craft.

The story jumps between modern day and various points in Bess’s past.

I found the story to be slow, with very little mention of magic until about the last fifty pages.

Bess doesn’t seem like a very realistic character, she’s quite naive for someone who’s been alive for around 400 years. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, they had a lot of flaws with almost no growth throughout the book.

Overall, the story was very different from how I originally thought it would be. I believe that is partially why I didn’t enjoy this novel.

My Rating: 2/5

Book Recs

Book Recommendation: Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark

What initially drew me to this book was that it has tea in the title, then after reading the synopsis on the back cover I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. Chai Tea Sunday is an emotional and atmospheric story. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like the book, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. Chai Tea Sunday is an amazing story, I highly recommend giving it a read.

A couple other things that make this book so great are that it’s written by a Canadian woman, and it’s based on a true story.

After a complex tragedy leads to the end of her marriage Nicky travels to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage. Living among the violence and poverty Nicky hope and is able to start healing with the help of her host mother. 

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Preferred Genres

img_2296If you’ve been following my blog for a while you probably already know that I love to read young adult and fantasy/paranormal books.

 

In this post I’m going to try to explain why. Every now and then I’ll step out of my comfort zone and read a classic or a contemporary adult fiction, but I always go back to young adult books.

I’ve always had a love for magical things. I love exploring different worlds and seeing different takes on mythical beings. Some vampires are vicious blood suckers, others sparkle. Some werewolves can change on command, other only change during full moons. Every fantasy or paranormal story is different, each author creates their own unique world.

Being in my early twenties I find I relate to teen characters a lot more than I do to adult characters. In young adult books the characters are often trying to figure who they are and what they want to do with their lives, much like I am.

Adult fiction often focuses on characters that are 40 or older, and going through things that I’m no where close to experiencing. As much as I may like the stories, for me, they lack that connection that makes reading a book a truly great experience.

I also like romance novels. However, I find if you’ve read one romance you’ve pretty much read them all. Romances seem to vary among maybe three different plots.

Basically I gravitate towards young adult and fantasy/paranormal stories because I relate to the characters and love magic.

What genres are your favorites? What makes them special to you?