Warbreaker aside, "The Night Circus" has to be one of the most visually exciting books I've ever read.
The moment you enter the book, you have entered...moreWarbreaker aside, "The Night Circus" has to be one of the most visually exciting books I've ever read.
The moment you enter the book, you have entered the world of the circus. And by circus I don't mean the normal one that comes to town every summer or christmas, I mean the circus that Erin Morgenstern has created, in all its perfectly designed beauty, its dreamlike glory, its magic and its - for want of a better word - scary-ness.
The characters acting in this circus that has been constructed as a battle ground for two duelling magicians, are thoroughly entertaining. I didn't like Celia and the circus members right from the start, and I took some time warming to Marco, but the characters were believable and flawed, and always great at interacting with their unreal surroundings.
It took me a while to adjust my expectation for the battle to commence immediately. In fact, I was quite surprised by the time-span covered in this novel. The author clearly wanted to maximise the impact of this duel, and the strain that all those years put on the protagonists was clearly visible. Halfway through the book though, the pace suddenly picks up, and the story manages to hold the suspense right until the end. I quite enjoyed the ending, as it was nothing I could have guessed from the start.
Above and beyond all the characters and story archs stand Erin Morgenstern's writing and the descriptions of her world. I felt like entering a new tent and experiencing a story within every time I started a new chapter. The structuring was quite brilliant as well; every time I thought "well, it would really be time to visit [this character or place] again", it happened in the next chapter, so that nothing fell short.
To conclude my gushing, this is one of my favourite reads for this year, and to prove just how brilliant it is, I shall leave you with one of my favourite descriptions in the entire book:
"On this evening, Mme. Padva wears a dress of black silk, hand embroidered with intricate patterns of cherry blossoms, something like a kimono reincarnated as a gown. Her silver hair is piled atop her head and held in place with a small jeweled black cage. A choker of perfectly cut scarlet rubies circles her neck, putting forth a vague impression of her throat having been slit. The overall effect is slightly morbid and incredibly elegant."
To me, "For Darkness Shows The Stars" is the rare gem that looks like your average YA novel, but actually turns out to be something to be treasured.
W...moreTo me, "For Darkness Shows The Stars" is the rare gem that looks like your average YA novel, but actually turns out to be something to be treasured.
While this book might be offensive to people who don't want to see Persuasion transferred onto a new stage, and could turn away those who think that the possibility of something like the rapture is so far below zero it can't be measured anymore, I would heartily recommend it to anyone else.
I found Diana Peterfreund's version of the post-apocalyptic society to be really interesting, and thankfully lacking in violence and total control. Her characters, especially Elliot and Kai, are very engaging, and I would love to spend more time with them. That being said, the upside of this novel being based on "Persuasion" (apart from new generations being acquainted with Jane Austen) is the fact that it is a stand-alone book. Those are rare enough, and while I would love to see more of Peterfreund's world, I am really happy that the book ends the way it does.
Of course, what I realized while being halfway through, the bad thing about a rewrite of Persuasion is that you have to read through all the heartbreak again. So get yourself a tissue, gather your imagination - and then find a quiet place where you can read this beautiful book in one go :).
PS: I mean "beautiful" quite literally - look at Sabrina's blog to convince yourself.
PPS: Yes, I know that there is no negative probability. Creative freedom in metaphors...(less)
I will try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but if you're really interested in this series by Gail Carriger and haven't read it yet, y...moreI will try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but if you're really interested in this series by Gail Carriger and haven't read it yet, you should start with Soulless and not read a review of book #4 ;).
I love the setting of these books, and "Heartless" certainly put Alexia into London society more often than "Changeless" or "Blameless" did. Always a plus, what with Gail Carriger's excellent depiction of the High Society, its rules, and its funny sides.
Due to Alexia being in her last trimester, things get moving rather slowly. Alexia can't move around as easily as she used to, and this certainly elongates discussions somewhat. That being said, this book was perhaps more interesting than "Changeless" and "Blameless" put together, up to an extent where I started wondering what Gail Carriger could possibly have to write about in the fifth book, what with all those secrets being revealed a book early. I counted three huge ones (huge with all capital letters, mind you), and I have to say that while I didn't anticipate two of them, they make sense in hindsight, which marks some great storytelling.
Characterwise, "Heartless" sees some characters that might not be all that new, but certainly come into their own, or at least go from being mentioned to being important as a minor, in this book. Not many new names thankfully, the group of people around Alexia is getting rather complicated and crowded. Alexia tries to sort the relationships out in the last part of the book (which seems to work remarkably well. A bit too well, but by then you should be too engrossed in the story to notice such small things), and I have to say that I found that to be most helpful, thinking from where people had been at the beginning of the book to where they were now.
Ending-wise, I'm almost afraid of Timeless now, because "Heartless" had a near perfect ending, and was a near perfect story. I hope the fifth and last book can be as good as this, but if not, I can just pretend the series ended with this excellent installment :).(less)
"The Thief" was not at all how I expected it would be. I thought of it being a children's or young adult book about thieving.
In the end there wasn't...more"The Thief" was not at all how I expected it would be. I thought of it being a children's or young adult book about thieving.
In the end there wasn't that much focus on thieving at all, even though the main character Gen nicks quite a few things, depending on how old the characters are suppossed to be (I'm a little bit confused about that) not much of a children / YA thing either.
Gen was put in the king's prison for stealing and bragging about it, and he gets tasked by the king's magus to steal a legendary talisman from another country. As I mentioned, not much thieving in this book, it rather reads like a long travelogue through a fictional country. It takes Gen, the magus and the rest about half the book to get to the place where Gen is supposed to steal something from. The "theft" feels more like an adventure game, takes not a large amount of pages ...and yes, then they're back to travelling.
Oddly enough, there are absolutely no maps (at least in my edition), and even more oddly, I didn't need them, even though Gen's journey took him through three entire countries. I loved the descriptions, pleased that there was believable worldbuilding throughout, even down to the vegetation and geography (yes, I'm picky about that sort of thing). I also enjoyed the dynamic between Gen's companions, and the tales about the old gods, that were just inventive enough to not seem like a retelling of Greek myths.
As I mentioned, I am confused about the age of basically all the main characters, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book. I was a bit surprised at the ending (and happy that a book like this managed to surprise me), and can't wait to read it again, so I'd recommend it to everyone out there :). It's not too long, either, and is a very engaging quick read in between. Although you really shouldn't be looking for a lot of thieving practise ;).(less)
I bought "The Tiger's Wife" out of an impulse - I needed an author starting with O, I liked magical realism, the back blurb seemed quite interesting....moreI bought "The Tiger's Wife" out of an impulse - I needed an author starting with O, I liked magical realism, the back blurb seemed quite interesting.
I have managed to stay completely objective for an entire half page - then I understood that a book starting with a visit to the zoo, with animals, myths, cultural history and a place that has fascinated me for a long time all featuring quite highly, had no choice but to turn out amazing for me.
Ignoring the myths for a while, Téa Obreth does an amazing job at painting a scenery, filling it with interesting characters, and creating an atmosphere that sucks the reader into the book. Most of the time while reading, I felt like watching a movie instead. It is like being transported into a world, and then being left to explore it for yourself, while still experiencing the story that is being told. This in itself is worth the five stars. Especially since it comes with a lot of impressions of Balkan history that make the reader want to know more.
And then there is the thing about the myths. If you enjoy the incorporation of myths into a story, to a point of them becoming real, you will love this. If not ... well you might not enjoy it that much, but I would still urge you to read it. (Although I'd guess that nobody would expect a straightforward novel after the back blurb.)(less)
"Rascal" is an American classic, telling the story of how the boy Sterling found a little raccoon in the spring of 1818, and took him on as a pet.
Whi...more"Rascal" is an American classic, telling the story of how the boy Sterling found a little raccoon in the spring of 1818, and took him on as a pet.
While it took me a while to get into, due to the very old language style, and the fact that an adult was writing down memories of his childhood - therefore not feeling very much like a child - , I can see why this is the perfect book for reading in school.
Due to the setting in 1918, and Sterling having a brother fighting in France, World War I and its consequences are described throughout, mentioning the loss suffered by the families and also the wartime economy, with even eleven-year-old Sterling planting and selling his own vegetables.
The main part of this book however are descriptions of the American - and especially Wisconsin - flora and fauna. Sterling knows a lot himself, his Dad teaches him a lot, and then there's his passion for observing the world around him. My favourite image was that of the osprey:
On top of all that come two bonus points: 1) The lovely raccoon art in the book, inspiring you to create your own. 2) Sterling's love for poetry. Nothing is better to teach a young kid how to love poetry than to show him another young kid doing just that.
I will probably read this a lot of time, maybe for the descriptions of the landscape and animals alone. In any case, Wisconsin could not ask for a better advertisement, and I'd love to visit it now. Thus, 5 shiny little stars that Rascal can steal if he wants :).
There are two things that make me really anxious about a book - a rainbow of different ratings, and a book about somewhere from someone who has no rea...moreThere are two things that make me really anxious about a book - a rainbow of different ratings, and a book about somewhere from someone who has no real connection to the place. I gave in though, basically because of the title, and hoped for the best. And my "bravery" was rewarded.
A few years ago, there was an interview on Swiss television with Syrian-German author Rafik Schami. The original topic was of course Syria's political situation, but the interviewer also delved into the differences between the Western and Middle-Eastern style of writing. Rafik Schami pointed out that whereas Western authors usually are just that, authors, he sees himself as a storyteller because there is a rich history of storytelling in that part of the world. (He then proceeded to tell a ten-minute-story, and it was one of the best interviews I've ever seen).
The difference between writing and storytelling is the immediate reaction from the audience. It has to be entranced and engaged, and a different audience will create a different feel to a story. In doing this with the book itself as well as within the story, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya has set himself up for that rainbow of reviews, but if you are ready to engage enough, and if you are willing to create your own story out of your reactions to what is being told, you're in for a great ride.
I'm not sure that billing this book as "mystery" is all that helpful. Sure, the story is about a young couple's disappearance and searches for its cause, but you should not read this book just to find an answer to that story. The real theme is the storytelling - how it can bring people together, how a story can change, how even our own perception can change when we interpret it through the veil of the fiction we've created.
Contrary to my initial fears, Marrakesh is not just a setting, but a living, breathing part of this book. You get to know some of its inhabitants, and you see the influence of its long history on the perception of the people who live there.
I'm not sure I'd recommend this book if you just want to learn something about Morocco. But I would if you're searching for an insight into Middle Eastern culture, and into the nature of stories themselves.
I've come across Michael Morpurgo's book about a family fleeing Dresden in 1945 with an elephant in tow on a Goodreads list about elephants. And I've...moreI've come across Michael Morpurgo's book about a family fleeing Dresden in 1945 with an elephant in tow on a Goodreads list about elephants. And I've read it out of a special interest - because I actually am from Dresden and grew up in this town, listening to people telling their stories yabout what happened during the war.
I quite liked the storybuilding, and the setting with an old woman telling a young boy and his mother about her being a child and what had happened to her. I have to say though that I don't like the actual writing that much. If it is a children's book, the idea of starting off with the mother's perspective rather than the boy's seems rather odd. As were some of the descriptions. I would have enjoyed seeing more emotions, and impressions rather than reading a tale that feels like it has been told a few times too many. That being said, I did like the story and think it is a good way to tell a child today about the things that have happened in this world.
I have one HUGE problem with this book though. And that is not even the author's fault. I may be oversensitive in regards to this, but I think everyone that has grown up with stories about airraids, will object to there being two fighter planes on EVERY DOUBLE PAGE!!! Yes, there is a pilot later on in the story, but really??? The illustrations in the book are quite well done, and they are more than enough to imagine what might have happened, there was absolute no need for this disgusting design choice. None whatsoever! *The rant is over now, for your sake, but I am still annoyed.(less)
Mit "Sohn des Fluchbringers" ist Bernd Perplies ein schöner Auftakt zu seiner ersten Serie gelungen. Gut, mit diesem Roman wird das Genre sicher nicht...moreMit "Sohn des Fluchbringers" ist Bernd Perplies ein schöner Auftakt zu seiner ersten Serie gelungen. Gut, mit diesem Roman wird das Genre sicher nicht neu erfunden und es tauchen viele bekannte Elemente auf, das tut dem Unterhaltungswert dieses Buches aber keinen Abbruch. Ganz im Gegenteil, die Handlung ist recht kurzweilig und die Welt wenn auch nicht sehr originell, so doch recht konsequent gestaltet. Die Ausarbeitung der Charaktere schwankt zwischen so lala und richtig gut gelungen, besonders von dem Irrlicht Moosbeere möchte man gern noch mehr lesen. Was mir bei diesem Buch besonders aufgefallen ist ist die wunderschöne Art des Autors, mit der deutschen Sprache umzugehen. Das ist in letzter Zeit leider recht selten geworden und tritt in Übersetzungen ohnehin nur in den wenigsten Fällen auf, wourch es umso mehr auffällt. Fazit: Nicht allzu anspruchsvoll, keine großen Neuerungen, aber sehr angenehm und flüssig zu lesen, und insgesamt wesentlich über dem Durchschnitt der neueren Veröffentlichungen. Freue mich sehr auf die Fortsetzung.(less)
When I first picked up "The Colour", I didn't know what to expect. I had only read one of Rose Tremain's short stories, I knew virtually nothing about...moreWhen I first picked up "The Colour", I didn't know what to expect. I had only read one of Rose Tremain's short stories, I knew virtually nothing about New Zealand apart from what little I'd heard in the news, and I certainly did not understand the Gold Rush at all. In fact, I never knew there was one in New Zealand, too.
What first impressed me was the storybuilding. We get to know Joseph, his mother Lilian and his wife Harriet, who have come to New Zealand from England to start again. They seem very lonely, even more so in the vast landscape that is being described. With every chapter, the reader learns something about the characters, about their motivations, about their relationships, and about their pasts. Rose Tremain never reveals too much; she always keeps you guessing and in a book that is by necessity as slow-paced as this, the suspense about the dark secrets keeps a reader going.
When it comes to the Gold Rush; I had a hard time seeing the appeal of the gold. This was made easier for me because I was reading this edition - it has golden coloured inside covers, so that you see it shining behind the pages while you read. While I had a hard time understanding how the Gold Rush started; the descriptions of how it went on and then ended are absolutely perfect. There are some technicalities, and I googled a lot of pictures to imagine what it must have looked like, but the overall feeling came across - miners going mad for not finding anything; living in the mud and dirt and being lonely for fear of having to share what little amount of the colour they may find; and all the while destroying a landscape they once thought so beautiful.
What I didn't expect when I opened the book was the amount of Maori knowledge described in the book. Through a secondary character, the reader can experience New Zealand from a native's point of view, feeling the suffering of the landscape from the over-population and technologies that the miners bring with them. I can imagine that it might be a little too spiritual for the average reader, but I tried to feel what was written, and it came across as very real for me.
All in all, it was a fabulous book and it made me want to know more about New Zealand. When I got out a map to look up the names, and I googled for pictures of all the places described, I wanted to get a plane ticket straightaway. I also loved the focus on nature, and the imagination of the beautiful landscape got me over some dreary passages where I wanted to bang the main characters' heads together to see if they might develop some common sense.
I have to say that while it suited the story, and I did not mind it while reading it, the slow pacing would put me off of placing this on my shelf of favourites, which is what led me to deduct half a point; still I would highly recommend this novel to everyone.(less)
There are two things I didn't realise when I picked up this book:
First off, this is nonfiction. And not a memoir of a single person either, as Jasvin...moreThere are two things I didn't realise when I picked up this book:
First off, this is nonfiction. And not a memoir of a single person either, as Jasvinder Sanghera actively works to better the lives of women like the ones she describes in her book. (Which makes this hard to review, because there is no doubt that this is a book that needs to be written.)
Second, I had originally placed this book on my shelf for Asia, and in a way this fits, but a huge part of this book shows you that things like abusive relationships that women can't escape from or forced marriages to strangers happen not just a continent away, but also affect women in western societies, despite the laws in place there.
Like I said, there is no discussion about the importance of Jasvinder Sanghera's work (and that of her charity, Karma Nirvana), and this book needed to be written to confront people with issues they'd rather forget. I couldn't help feeling though that this book might have needed a better editor. It is sometimes hard to read, not just because of the subject matter, and I had to remind myself sometimes that it is important that I should finish this book. Comparing this to the style of writing (just the style of writing!) of The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine, Somaly Mam had a better team around her. Still, go read it if you have only the slightest bit of interest in the subject, because you should.(less)
"The Emerald Atlas" is the first book in a (possible) trilogy by John Stephens. It tells the story of the children Kate, Michael and Emma, who are tak...more"The Emerald Atlas" is the first book in a (possible) trilogy by John Stephens. It tells the story of the children Kate, Michael and Emma, who are taken away from their parents and then spend ten years going through different orphanages before finally ending up in an old house with a weird owner in a place at the end of the world, with seemingly no other children at all. There, their adventures begin for real when they discover an old book that can transpot them through time...
To be honest, I didn't expect much when I picked it up. Although I love children's books the power of authors' imagination seems to have lessened somewhat since I first started to read fantasy novels like that. But I was looking for a light read, the text on the back was interesting (I'm always in for time-travel) and the book has the bonus of being green ;) (no bias here at all^^).
At first I was a bit disappointed when random things started to happen to the children, none of which I was able to link to anything that had happened previously. Most of it was explained later on, but every time something "suddenly" happened, I was put off. Nevertheless, I kept on reading because it was intriguing enough, apparently missing the "brimming with humor"-part that was advertised on the back cover (there were light moments, yes, but I never really laughed out loud), and while I definitely thought the book to have a lot of action, there was also way more talking than I've ever had in any novel before. If you look at it closely, it probably wasn't all that much talking, but since they talked every time they travelled in time, not to mention every time the children met somebody new, or saw each other again, or had to talk about the action that had happened ... or somebody mentioned other talks while they were talking ... seriously, it just left the impression of quite a lot of talking ;).
I'm not going to spoil the read by telling all about the world, I thought it was believably built, even if it wasn't the most imaginative place I've ever read about. The magic is not explained very well, but enough rules are given so you don't go wondering all the time how one thing was possible and the other was not. The same goes for the time-travel, enough is explained to make you believe it, even thoughI got confused with all the pictures and what-not, but you're too much caught up in what's happening to try to understand how somebody went back to whick time. I guess I'd look at that part more closely during a read-through, but I'll put my trust in the author and the editors to have made sure they covered everything ;).
The strong point of this book (yes, I'm finally getting there^^) is definitely the character writing. Almost every single character that was introduced was completely believable and well-defined, even though maybe just having two or three scenes in the entire book. Even though their own motivation might not always be clear, it's always easy to see how they stand in relation to the children. (For once) The children themselves really behave like they should at their age. Emma and Michael behave very much like two siblings should, down to all the bickering and the love and trust for their elder sister. Their journey has been great and I'm looking forward to seeing them grow up a little in the other books. Katherine is a bit different, having been forced to grow up quickly to take care of her younger siblings, and - being a teenager - often hiding away her problems, wanting to solve everything on her own. I think that, even though she's the oldest, she still has the longest way to go, although I hope the other books will focus on Michael and Emma respectively, the way this one did on Kate.
Well, coming to the end of this rather long review, I'll read the next two books, and hope the characterization will continue to be as good. If the rest of the story-telling will manage to be less of a description of a movie (which never, ever has the same effect as a movie) and start being more like a book (mostly, more atmospheric descriptions and LESS TALKING), it might even make it up to five stars ;).(less)
You'll have to decide whether this would be helpful for you, but here are some good things: - It's not long, and there's not a lot of text to confuse y...moreYou'll have to decide whether this would be helpful for you, but here are some good things: - It's not long, and there's not a lot of text to confuse you about a new topic. Instead there is a short explanation, a memorable quote, an exercise and an example. Easy way of learning. - The exercises. Very helpful. - The examples. Even more helpful. It's easier to understand something if you can follow how someone else did this.
There is a certain tone though that I'm not too fond of, and "I'm starting a business to serve God" was just one of the weird things that caught me for a while. I read over them, but it does seem a bit odd at times (or it's just not my mentality, I don't know, and you probably shouldn't expect political correctness from a selfhelp-book).
In any case, there are a lot of helpful tips, and there's nothing wrong with keeping the interesting information and ignoring the rest.(less)
This is one of the most old-fashioned things I've ever read, which makes it even odder that I read it on my phone.
Having followed the recommendation...moreThis is one of the most old-fashioned things I've ever read, which makes it even odder that I read it on my phone.
Having followed the recommendation from Cathy Johnson (author of Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures), I had guessed that most of this book would be about art. I was wrong. There are a lot of Hannah Hinchman's sketches in it, and there's a rather awkward discourse on the best art materials (I say awkward because it doesn't fit with the rest of the writing style), and there are a few exercises. But do not be mistaken for even a second. This is a book about writing a journal.
"A Life in Hand" comes with life- and creativity-affirming quotes, with writing exercises, with thoughts about the importance and impact of recording one's life, with informations about different writing styles and how they can help your journal or work against it. It even comes with an advice on how to incorporate writing into your art. It felt to me like Hannah Hinchman went from enjoying the act of drawing, to drawing a lot, to writing comments for her pictures, to writing a lot with the occasional drawing. Which is perfectly alright, except it wasn't what I was looking for.
Sometimes I was a bit put off by the old-fashionedness of it. For someone being so creative and so very modern (in being a female artist and writer by trade), Hannah Hinchman is very much a child of her time, with most of the preconceived notions that come with it. But back in those days, people were much more aware of nature and of the meaning of home, and when she writes about her intimate knowledge of her own surroundings and you can feel the quietness in her soul, I sometimes wished that that could have been me.(less)
"Keeping Corner" tells the story of a child widow in India in Ghandis' time.
Kashmira Sheth is brilliant in writing the point of view of a rather youn...more"Keeping Corner" tells the story of a child widow in India in Ghandis' time.
Kashmira Sheth is brilliant in writing the point of view of a rather young person - her protagonist and storyteller Leela is not even 13, and yet the story feels real. No difficult words, no overlong sentences, and as a bonus for non-Indian readers short explanations of customs and traditions that go naturally with the text.
The story itself is about Leela's year of mourning - called keeping corner - after the death of her "husband". Her anger when she is forced to give up her jewellery, her colourful clothes and even her hair; her sadness when she sees happy couples, or even a widower who, unlike her, will be allowed to remarry; and her tough way back to fighting are told extremely well, never rushed, and always believable.
When we hear about Ghandi's work now, it seems like a linear progression to us. First he did that, then he marched to, and finally he said ... In setting the story in a small village near Ghandi's hometown, Kashmira Sheth can show us the impact of his ideas and his actions on a normal Indian community. Over the course of a year, the men in the village debate about following Gandhi, oppose the British rule and experience the consequences of doing so. The newspapers are telling about similar things happening all over the country. This gives a wonderful sense of perspective and shows a lot, even if you already know about Gandhi's life. Even though Gandhi never appears in the novel, you can imagine the amount of work he had to put in to gain at least some small sort of reaction.
What I love about Kashmira Sheth's books is that they talk about young people coming to terms with the situation they're in, and then making the best of it. No one is miraculously saved but rather, after a period of growing, the characters save themselves. They tell young people not to give up, and to fight for what they want, and I know I'll be re-reading this one often and can even keep it for when I have my own kids to give it to them.
This makes 4.5 of 5 stars, rounded down because I have decided to be bitchy about the highest rating ;).(less)
In "Timeless", Alexia finally finds out what her father has been up to, and finally warms a bit to coffee, if only of the heavily honey-flavoured kind...moreIn "Timeless", Alexia finally finds out what her father has been up to, and finally warms a bit to coffee, if only of the heavily honey-flavoured kind.
As Gail Carriger's style of writing has been consistent throughout, it is unnecessary to mention that book five is just as witty and funny as the other four. And with "Timeless" being the last book in the series, there are some secrets revealed (again), questions answered and loose ends tied up.
With all the travelling undertaken in this book, there are some new characters introduced, some of which are interesting and some not so much. There's also a lot of steampunk-y technological stuff, really well described, as it left me wanting to buy one thing or the other immediately. Also, thankfully, Alexia is not pregnant in this book, which means she can afford to storm off after every new idea.
Why this book won't get five stars is simply because I felt that while it was a very interesting installment, it paled in comparison to book four, "Heartless". The revelations were better, the solutions more elegant, and less questions left unanswered. So, don't fear; this wraps up the series quite nicely. Do go ahead and read it, you will miss out on a whole lot of Alexia behaving totally undignified otherwise. And then you wouldn't be able to gossip about it!
FYI, the things I still wonder about... (Please note, it is called "spoiler tags" for a reason.) (view spoiler)[What will Prudence's new name be? Who will take over the hatshop now? And will Ivy get a house service now she can't leave the house? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)