Today I want to just give a little review for a book I received via NETGALLEY… Hey, thanks NetGalley :) I think you guys should check it out :)
Without further ado, here’s my review:
I would first like to thank Netgalley and the publishers who allow us to read books from them via thier galleys :) I have found some great books on there. This book is mix (FOR ME) between a fairy tale and Milan (yes the cartoon)… Let me explain. It’s not set in present time, as they ride horses, however it could be in present time as it’s got a feel for dystopian-not quite sure, BUT it doesn’t matter. The lead character-Suzume, but I can’t keep that name, as she assumes different names thoughout different stages in her life. She starts out as Suzume, the carefree child and has a pretty great life. Then the soldiers come and life tragically and dramtically changes. Then, (& I must say, I hated her mother) Suzume’s mother remarries in order to save them from dispair. More tragic things happen and she becomes someone else. (Just like Milan, she is willing to give up herself to help her family, even if she has to hide herself to do it)
The fantasy side of this story is intriguing, as shadow-weaving is like a magical ability to change appearances and like the fae who can glamour themselves. Things are a little more complicated, but you should read to find out. Now, on the romance side, Suzume wants nothing more to avenge her family-that means throwing away a true love journey. I think I could understand this in the way that when you love your family, you want the best for them. However, she is a small-ish, teenage girl, with no higher class influence, until she meets a wonderful friend, and she goes a little crazy with her justifications in wanting her vengeance.
I have never read a book written like this, nor with this type of culture, so I must say-that really appealed to me. Also, the characters and their backgrounds are just fascinating. The writing is supurb, other than a few cultural words that I were quite sure what they meant, but the author tries to make it for you to understand the meaning in her own way. I don’t want to give too much away, but, this book is a fresh read. It’s something you should read if you are more into the bigger plot line with a little supernatural on the side, and a lovely ending :) I think I will have to pick up more books by this author! :)
There we go… check it out people :)