Sunday, 22 June 2014

Kindle Ninja Review: RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Edition #10

Kindle Ninja Review Edition #10 featuring Fireflies and Where Blue Birds Fly

★★★5/5


The story of the Whelan family is set in the 1800s. It would take absolutely brilliant writing to really take us back in time to a different century – and the writer has achieved this quite impressively. 

This is one of those books that has to be read at a leisurely pace so you could appreciate the beauty of the narrative. While it focuses on Ennis’ extraordinary gift, this is as much about his father Owen, who also has a story to tell. This then explains the difficult situation that the family has to come to terms with.

The supernatural and paranormal elements are seamlessly combined with 19th century life so vividly imagined. It's a combination that's quite difficult to pull off because of the sheer complexity of the individual elements. 
'Fireflies' is an enjoyable read with interesting characters and an intricate plot told in a beautiful narrative.
 
PS Bartlett is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.


***
★★5/5


This is the story of Ruby Garnett, a troubled 13-year old who has had to deal with hard issues surrounding her dysfunctional family. These issues were not made explicit early in the story, but you’re given bits and pieces that drop hints of Ruby’s past and how badly the family and relationship dynamics have changed.

The biggest strength of the story is in the way it was set up. It’s like being given pieces of the puzzle in every chapter, but you don’t quite know how to put them together. Then they all just beautifully fall into place. So effortlessly plotted and splendidly written.

I purchased this book on the strength of the author’s second novel “Bring Me Sunshine” and I wasn’t disappointed.

Wendy Storer is a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club.

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