The (main character) twins in this are called Jack and Jill (Jackson and Jillian). Pointless factoid that kept wandering through my mind while readingThe (main character) twins in this are called Jack and Jill (Jackson and Jillian). Pointless factoid that kept wandering through my mind while reading it... (it was never commented on in the book).
This book had a lot of things that I love exploring in fiction (art, mental health, nighttime adventures, family vibes...) yet I didn't particularly connect to the characters on any emotional level. What can you do, hey?...more
In the Skin of a Monster is stunning, deliciously off-beat and totally absorbing. Completely unlike anything I was expecting or have read before and,In the Skin of a Monster is stunning, deliciously off-beat and totally absorbing. Completely unlike anything I was expecting or have read before and, even once I found my footing and got into the groove of the world, Barker still managed to twist things around until I was left with an unexpected lump in my throat and tears down my cheeks.
I didn’t read the blurb of this properly (common habit with me, I skim and dive in). I thought this was a contemporary novel -- but it’s a more genre-defying, drums-along-to-it’s-own-beat kind of book. I often struggle at classifying books but I would say this is fantastical while also having a contemporary reality mingled in. The novel is mostly set in a dreamscape -- in a town identical to the real-life Aussie outback country town, but this version is where the dreams the people in the town dream at night come to life. Like in a dream, things seem similar but are a bit off kilter. And, in this town, a lot of the people have been having nightmares... making the dream world ever-deadly. Confused yet? Ha, well, that’s part of the appeal. Starting this book felt a little like On The Jellicoe Road, or This is Shyness -- the reader is thrown in -- to gorgeous writing and unexpected situations -- and the reader has to fend for themselves a little (but don't let that deter you, it was not a brain strain with epic world building, it was easy to slip into). I loved that about this book. It just launches straight in and gradually things are revealed, and it’s beautiful and amazing.
It’s a visually stunning story (in my mind's eye) and totally haunting. There’s layers and depth, characters to care about (fabulous loyal and brave friendships with some enigmatic romance and swoon), and hard-hitting emotions that took my breath away.
This book is my sleeper hit of the year. Gorgeous and evocative and Aussie (that outback vibe!) and creative and original and harrowing just completely unexpected. The ending blew me away. I loved it. Everything about it.
If you missed this book this year I am so urging you to bump it up your TBR ~ you might just find a new favourite like I have :) ...more
Stunning cover for my most anticipated book of my entire reading future.
A Tangle of Gold found it's way into my greedy hands and, as to a hot buttereStunning cover for my most anticipated book of my entire reading future.
A Tangle of Gold found it's way into my greedy hands and, as to a hot buttered bun in a spinning tea-cup, it was beyond amazing. Look, this series is stunning and creative and wild and heart-felt and deliciously winsome. This who have read A Corner of White and The Cracks in the Kingdom and have fallen in love with Madeleine and Elliot and Cello know just how brilliant this series is.
What you may not know is that the final book reveals a whole new level of genius-like revelations that will leave you in suspense and awe. There are twisty-twists I did not see coming, suspicions and heartbreak, and reveals that take the series as a whole and raised it, to, like, the next 100 levels of plotting-artistry and flair.
I felt so nostalgic, going back to Cambridge and Cello. This book was brilliant, it whisked me away and a tiny piece of my heart kind of believes Cello is real - I just need some smoke and mirrors...
Thanks to Jaclyn Moriarty for gifting me with one of the literary highlights of (not just the last few years) my reading life with The Colours of Madeleine x...more
A haunting and unforgettable story that will linger for a long time. Gripping and tense, that last third is unputdownable. Best book I've read in a loA haunting and unforgettable story that will linger for a long time. Gripping and tense, that last third is unputdownable. Best book I've read in a long, long time. ...more