The books I’ve received lately have been from publishers, which gives them that extra bit of sparkle when they arrive in the letterbox.
I am quite sure I’ve discussed Martin Millar’s Lonely Werewolf Girl on the blog before, which is funny in itself since I’ve never read it. I keep getting pushed to by readers who say it’s AWESOME, but… I’m reaall guarded about paranormal books lately, p’raps because there’s so much derivative stuff around. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to be impressed by them. But fairies are a safe bet with me, they can always be trusted to put a smile on my face, whether they’re pint-sized pixies a la Tinker Bell or darker-minded ones such as those in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
Hype is on high for this one. The author is only the tender age of 25, publishing her debut novel and has already been named in the current New Yorker edition of 20-under-40 exceptional writers. Oh yeah, and the book’s just been listed on the longlist for this year’s Orange prize.
Hailed as a modern-day Scheherezade, Natalia is the thirteen-year old protagonist searching for the truth about her grandfather’s last days on earth. Later in life, Natalia is a doctor, tending to the fallen from a battle in the Balkans; she receives a clue to the curious death of her grandfather, which leads her to a well-worn copy of Rudyar Kipling’s The Jungle Book. And that’s where the adventure begins.
Why have I never read a book about Flavia de Luce, the snoopy, supposedly loveable young heroine of such books as The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag? Because I fail at life, that’s why. The third book in the series and I’ve finally caught on – Flavia’s involved in a bit of a sitch with a local gypsy who has some disconcerting things to say about Flavia’s dead mother, and it’s up to Flavia as to whether she believes her or not. But when a murder rears its ugly head in the little village, learning the truth of gypsy lore may be the only way for Flavia to solve the mystery and stop the killer from killing again…
Have you purchased anything recently that you’re excited to start? Have you checked out a book from the library that you totally misjudged? Tell me all…