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Book Review: Your Father’s Room by Michel Deon

Your Father’s Room by Michel Deon 3/5

A vivid recreation of the interwar period, Michel Déon’s fictionalised memoir is a touching and very true depiction of boyhood and how our early experiences affect us. 
Édouard (Michel Déon’s real name) looks back on his 1920s childhood spent in Paris and Monte Carlo. Within a bourgeois yet unconventional upbringing, ‘Teddy’, an observant and sensitive boy, must deal with not just the universal trials of growing up, but also the sudden tragedy that strikes at the heart of his family.

Review:

Michel Deon has a way for description, even if he does focus a great deal on describing overweight people. It was just something that stuck out for me, especially his fascination with Evangeline’s description.

Although, I found the look back to 1920’s Paris and Monte Carlo intriguing, I wasn’t totally enamoured with the narrative. That being said, this fictionalised memoir of Teddy is well written and the voice of Teddy does grow as he grows.


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Book Review: Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman

Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman 5/5

Loyal Creatures is the deeply moving story of war horse Daisy and her 16-year-old owner Will, sent from the Australian outback to the gruelling Middle Eastern campaign of the First World War. Their skill in finding water is vital to their regiment in the desert, but their devotion to each other is what keeps them alive in an overwhelmingly hostile environment. Is their unwavering loyalty enough to determine their destiny?

Review:

A powerful tale about the Australian Lighthorse Brigade in World War One. Frank is just a boy when he signs up with his Dad and Daisy, his trusty horse. This is a story of friendship and loyalty between men and animals.

Although the writing style makes this an easy, quick read, I can’t believe this is a middle grade book as the ending was so gut wrenching and sob inducing for me. Loyal creatures indeed, and such a tragic end for them.

I appreciate the honesty in this story and how there really is no happy ending in war.


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Book Review: Eleven Eleven By Paul Dowswell

Eleven Eleven by Paul Dowswell 4/5

Set during the final 24 hours before the armistice at 11 a.m. on 11th November 1918, the story follows a German storm trooper, an American airman and a British Tommy. Their destinies converge during the death throes of the first ever conflict to spread across the globe. War becomes incredibly personal as nationality and geography cease to matter to each of these teenagers on the Western Front, and friendship becomes the defining aspect of their encounter. But who will live and who will die before the end of the day?

Review:

This story follows three men: two soldiers and a pilot in WW1. A German, a Brit, and an American. The story is told from the three points of view in the 6 hours after the Armistice was signed and the bigwigs involved decided the war would end 6 hours later at 11am.

What really got to me was the fact that so many lives were lost despite the war being over because it was decided that it would continue for another 6 hours.

Dowswell captures the sheer horror of war and horrific conditions both the Brits and German infantry had to endure. Delving into the mindset of men who are potentially one bullet or shell away from death was fascinating and upsetting to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in wartime books as it has been researched well, and the narrative has been well developed.


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Book Review: One Shot by Tanya Landman

One Shot by Tanya Landman 5/5

When your childhood disappears in a blizzard.  When you’re a girl in a man’s world. When the only thing that stands between you and a life worth having is a gun. You’re only going to get one shot.

Inspired by the life of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and prose of Tanya Landman. The world building was immersive, and emotions of hard hitting situations were handled delicately without losing their impact.

The descriptions were so effective, for example, ‘Pa was a quiet man. Say ‘quiet’ to some folks and they think meek. Mild. Timid. Pa was none of those things. He didn’t waste breath on words, but when he did speak, every last syllable was worth hearing.’ This was on the first page and I knew exactly the type of man her father was.

This is a story of fiction that was inspired by the life of the famous shooter and star of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Annie Oakley.


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3 in 1 Book Review: Short Stories in

Frostbite by E.J Stevens 3/5

An interesting prequel to an urban fantasy involving a private investigator with a twist. Ivy investigates the paranormal with her psychic abilities. This little short shows promise for the rest of the series.

Rose Awake by A.W Cross 2.5/5

A sci fi retelling of the sleeping beauty story. The concept was intriguing, however, the narrative felt rushed to me and the dialogue a little stilted. I think it would have been better as a full novel.

Northern Realm Royal Dragons Prequel by Lisa Daniels 2/5

This is a read for someone who likes perfect romances. The narrative was too unbelievable and flawless for me. Nina was naive and a bit of a damsel in distress. If you like these types of tropes, then you may enjoy this book more than me.


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ARC Review: Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond by Sarina Langer 5/5

Review:

If you have read Langer’s Relics of Ar’Zac series, then this is a great addition to the world you have come to know, and if not, then this is sure to entice you to read more.

A great, little read that gives insight into how certain events unfolded with characters that are included in the main series, but also a standalone in it’s own right. I enjoy learning more about the history of worlds I feel immersed in.

If you are a Brandon Sanderson fan, then Langer is a writer of high fantasy who you should enjoy with layers of world building and indepth backstory.


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3 in 1 Book Review

Christmas by the Sea by Beth Wisemen 2/5

The descriptions and world building were well written, but the romance felt rushed. Just because someone saved your life, you don’t necessarily have a romantic connection with them on the first meeting after.

Her Christmas Bonus by Rain Danvers 2/5

What can I say? Not my cup of tea. The out of the blue actions of the characters to force the narrative put me off a little.

The Billionaire Brothers’ Christmas by Jenn Roseton 3/5

A sweet, Christmas tale about 5 brothers making Christmas special for their wives and kids. A little disaster with planning the Christmas dinner is the main story plot, but I do like an ‘it all comes good in the end’ tale. Sometimes, the characters felt a little flawless, but I can forgive that at Christmas.


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