Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Posted July 20, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness Series: All Souls Trilogy Published by: Headline on the 15th July 2014 Genres: Fantasy; Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance;  Pages: 592 Format: Arc Source: Publisher Rating: ***** About: Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT.  A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it. After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient […]

Review: The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

Posted July 17, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano Series: Standalone Published by: Gollancz Press on 31st July 2014 Genres: Contemporary; Fantasy; Fiction; Romance; Young Adult Pages: 304 Format: ARC-Paperback Source: Publisher Rating: *** About: Rebecca, a 15-year-old American, isn’t entirely happy with her life, comfortable though it is. Still, even she knows that she shouldn’t talk to strangers. So when her mysterious neighbour Miss Hatfield asked her in for a chat and a drink, Rebecca wasn’t entirely sure why she said yes. It was a decision that was to change everything.  For Miss Hatfield is immortal. And now, thanks to a drop of water from the Fountain of Youth, Rebecca is as well. But this gift might be more of a curse, and it comes with a price. Rebecca is beginning to lose her personality, to take on the aspects of her neighbour. She is becoming the next Miss Hatfield. But before the process goes too far, Rebecca must travel back in time to turn-of-the-century New York and steal a painting, a picture which might provide a clue to the whereabouts of the source of immortality. A clue […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #11 – Lady Daisy

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #11 – Lady Daisy

Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.   Ned is a nine year-old boy who finds a doll in his Grandmother’s house. Intrigued he takes the doll downstairs. When he lifts her out of the box Lady Daisy, the doll, speaks to him. I’m surprised Ned doesn’t drop Lady Daisy in shock, I know I would. But Ned’s relationship with Lady Daisy arises through the shared bond of loneliness. Lady Daisy has been asleep for 100 years and Ned is an only child. Ned is able provide both a tough exterior as he holds his own against the school bully, who also happens to be his football team-mate, and shows a warming tenderness to his charge – Lady Daisy. By having a male protagonist interacting with a doll, King-Smith suggests that it does not matter your gender, you should not be limited to gender-certified toys. “Patience is a virtue, Virtue is a grace. Grace is a […]