Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Short sweet or not so, book reviews

The Harp LessonThe Harp Lesson by Emma Tennant

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Plot: Set in Revolutionary France, this atmospheric novel explores the life of Pamela Sims who leaves her humble English home for a life as an illegitimate in the Parisian court, known as 'La Belle Pamela'.

My says : Tedious. Confusing. Better off reading Wikipedia and I would gleaned more about La Belle Pamela than this book.

The OutcastThe Outcast by Sadie Jones

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Plot : 1957, and Lewis Aldridge is travelling back to his home in the South of England. He is straight out of jail and nineteen years old. His return will trigger the implosion not just of his family, but of a whole community.

My says: The start was great, the middle was heavy and sad, the ending was meh. A bit anticlimactic towards the end, however the story of how a parent could really messed up their child, resonated with me.

A bit of an uncomfortable read sometimes, but that is more on how the story goes. Recommended read but not recommended if you are not into dark and dreary book which is how I picture this book is. 

The GatecrasherThe Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot: Fleur is beautiful but lazy and, at forty, spends her life looking for rich men who can provide her and her teenage daughter with a glamorous and effortless existence

My says: Surprisingly I like it. It doesn't feel silly, no character falls or stumbled or says things she didn't meant to. I like it.

Fleur is a one note character and even in the end remains an enigma. However the characters around Fleur are much more interesting ( and likable!) than her which save this book.

I like how the ending goes. I like it that happy ever after does not mean happy ever after. It could mean, I take what I can get and I can be happy about it.

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