This is a boundary blurring wonderful ride of a book. I was happily reading along, enjoying the story of a teenage girl with a sheltered life, living with her mum, being homeschooled because of the dangerous man, her father, who wants to cause her harm. Then, all of a sudden there is a gigantic twist and there are mystical creatures and all sorts being added to the mix. I love so much about this book, the story is great, the characters are awesome and the whole mix is unlike anything I’ve read before. A great combination of thriller, fantasy and mystery.
I was well into it before I discovered that it was part 3 of a series, I don’t think it mattered too much, it stood alone well. I liked the main character, her attitudes and bolshiness were great. It is a quiet mystery but the creepy feeling begins to kick in at half way and you know that there is something terrible lurking in the background. The setting was fabulous in a Cathedral Close which was vividly drawn. Wendy Appleyard is a really good character, her quest for answers is engaging and I liked her enormously. I’ll have to read the other two now. Damn, too many books to read.
Oh it’s been a long haul with this one. I was really so keen to love it, bought myself a copy at the same time as I bought the school one. I started it and then thought nope. Not for me. Then I had that thing where I’d spent money on it and needed to get it to read. So I picked it up again in September and started, once I was in I really enjoyed it. But, and there is a but, I wasn’t in love with it and in the meantime, I’ve been on a long trip, I’ve read heaps of other books and this monster lay in wait, until this week when I picked it up again and made it to the end with a great big hiss and a roar.
It is a great big gorgeous concept book, but it isn’t easy to read, to keep track of the action, you need to pay attention and immerse yourself in it, it is a crazy world in there.
Basically it is really good sci fi, the AI is taking over, only one person can save us and the odds are stacked against her. There are great twists and double crosses and I really liked that. Lots of thought has gone into the structure. It has been marketed really well and I can see a movie in it’s future for sure.
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel about Phar Lap. I have no real interest in horse racing, no real passion for horses, but I rather like a historical novel and this is one that rollicks along. There is quite a lot of detail about racing and lists of the races that the horse was entered into which slowed me down a bit, until the story overtook me and I raced to the end (Pardon the pun.). There is lots of detail about the family of the people involved in the story, the tales from the boarding house where Tommy the stable boy lives are great, the story of Vi, the trainer’s wife is sad and moving. At the end of the day, this is a story about the love for a champion horse by his trainer and all of those who had anything to do with him.
I’ve always enjoyed books by Kelly Ana Morey, they have an unusual, unclassifiable feel and this one is a bit of a departure, it is obvious that she has enjoyed the stories attached to this horse, there are some great notes at the end of the book which make it obvious that this has been a longstanding project. I think she has pulled it off with aplomb.