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Bookish Brilliance – The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

I’ve been seeing a lot of great buzz online already for Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel The Snow Child so I was thrilled to win a copy in a Twitter giveaway. Here’s the blurb:

A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska

Jack and Mabel hope that a fresh start in ‘Alaska, our newest homeland’ will enable them to put the strain of their childless marriage behind them. But the northern wilderness proves as unforgiving as it is beautiful: Jack fears that he will collapse under the strain of creating a farm, and the lonely winter eats its way into Mabel’s soul. When the first snow falls, the couple find themselves building a small figure – a snow girl. The next morning, their creation has gone, and they see a child running through the spruce trees. Gradually this child – an elusive, untameable little girl who hunts with a fox and is more at ease in the savage landscape than in the homestead – comes into their lives. But as their love for the snow child and for the land she opens up to them grows, so too does their awareness that it, and she, may break their hearts.

I’m going to be reviewing it in the new year (sneak preview – I loved it), but when I saw this gorgeous trailer I knew I couldn’t wait to post it.

The book is a truly beautiful read and this trailer couldn’t be more perfect for it.

Book Review

Book Review : Shadows On The Moon by Zoe Marriott.

Shadows on the Moon cover.Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love.

After I read and loved Zoe Marriott’s The Swan Kingdom I was really looking forward to reading Shadows On The Moon. Then Zoe blogged the director’s cut of the book trailer on her website and I knew it had to be the next book that I read.

The book opens with a bang, there is so much action in the first chapter and the reader is pulled straight into the book. It continues on at a wonderful pace, blending fantasy elements into a clever reimagining of Cinderella set in an alternative version of feudal Japan. The plot twists and turns, with some real surprises in it. I found that it was really hard to walk away from this book, I unfortunately had to have a break – it was that or ignore the friend I was on a weekend away with – and found myself itching to get back to reading it.

Suzume was a great heroine, I loved the way she was strong yet still vulnerable. The discovery of her shadow-weaving, and the way she had to learn to use it was such an interesting part of the plot as was her training under the guidance of Akira who was herself an amazing character. Then we have Otieno, the wonderful, swoonsome Otieno. I do love it when I can fall in love myself with the love interest in a book, and I most certainly fell for Otieno. He’s clever, and gorgeous, and skilled with a bow – what’s not to love? I enjoyed the relationship between Suzume and Otieno, and the way it twisted through the plot.

The book is written in a truly beautiful manner. The use of detail is wonderful, it’s very descriptive but you never feel overwhelmed by it. It never shys away from difficult subject matter, at times the plot is quite dark. I found that this was always balanced well, and left me thinking about plot points long after I’d finished reading.

I adored this book, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

And I couldn’t finish this review without showing you that wonderful trailer, could I?

Shadows On The Moon is published in paperback by Walker in the UK priced £6.99