Friday, 29 August 2014

Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle

Title: Miss Spelled
Author: Sarah Belle
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date of Publication: 1st September 2014
Source: Kindly provided by the publisher
By it from: Escape Publishing
Rating: 3.5 stars

Everything is going right for Lou. She loves her job as a teacher and loves the run-down cottage she's renovating with her dad, and she's just become engaged to the man of her dreams in the most romantic setting possible. But when she finds out that her fiancé Aidan's childhood nemesis and her gap year romance are one and the same person, she panics. Determined not to let her ex, Hunter, ruin her happiness, she consults an online witch who sells her a spell to erase her from Hunter's memories. When the spell goes awry, Lou finds herself not just erased from Hunter's memories, but from Aidan's as well. With the love of her life about to marry someone else, can Lou get herself back into his memory and heart?

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

This review also appears on Reading Lark

Title: When the Night Comes
Author: Favel Parrett
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley.

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all - of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all. For Isla, those two long summers will change everything. Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and gently told story about the power fear and kindness have to change lives.

When the Night Comes is the second novel from Australian author Favel Parrett. Set primarily in Tasmania, it tells the story of Isla, a young girl isolated by sadness and loneliness as she transitions from primary school to secondary school. Isla has moved from the mainland following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, and she finds the landscape bleak and oppressive. It is only the coming of the ice breaker Nella Dan, and with it the Danish sailor Bo, that brings light and happiness to her life.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Fitz is happily living at Withywoods with Molly and her sons, as well as Patience and her household. Chade, Dutiful and Kettricken are still trying to get him to spend more time at Buckkeep, but, as always, Fitz is resistant to get involved in Six Duchies politics. Surely he's given enough of his life to the crown? It seems that fate is not done with Fitz, however, and a strange messenger arrives and then disappears before being able to deliver her message. It's more than 10 years before the message finally gets through, and we are left to wonder whether anything could really have been changed had the original messenger succeeded. After all, it seems that Fitz is above all else the Fool's Catalyst, and there is no escaping that.

Apart from the fact that Ms Hobb seems to have been spending far too much time with George R.R. Martin, Fool's Assassin is a fabulous read. It was wonderful to be immersed in this world again, even if I wasn't always happy about what happened to characters that I love. There are elements of this story that make Prince Regal's dungeon seem like a good time.

I can't say much more without giving major spoilers, and I think it's best to read this book without prior expectations.

I want to go back and read all of the other books set in this world over again.

Robin Hobb is a cruel, cruel woman. This book is amazing. It will be a very long wait for the next instalment.