When I first started reading The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader, I was unsure as to whether I would actually like this book. I found the characters holWhen I first started reading The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader, I was unsure as to whether I would actually like this book. I found the characters hollow, parts of the story a bit too in your face (yeah, I get that the main character has lived in a heap of different countries already!) and there was a whole heap of telling rather than showing going on. But, after a while, the characters really started to grow on me and I was intrigued by the development.
I really loved the complicated mess that was Vivian and Rose’s relationship and I loved that it was never really resolved in this novel. It will be interesting to see how their relationship develops in future books in this series. The aunts Vivian was sent to fascinated me and I could have read about them all day. Ditto for the townsfolk Vivian is introduced to. The author has a great flair for creating an eerie atmosphere and a creepy town.
At times this book just felt like a retelling of Practical Magic – the movie, not the book by Alice Hoffman. And there were even moments when I found myself thinking this novel would make an awesome hidden object game with all the creepiness going on and all the clues being laid out.
While I think this novel has potential, there were plenty of times where I just felt the author fell a little short, either in the way she told rather than showed the characters emotional journey or with all the cliches that were peppered throughout.
Overall, I am giving The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader 3 out of 5 stars. It will be interesting to see how this series develops....more
The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner starts with such dramatic descriptives that I was convinced I would end up disliking this book! But, once I settled intThe Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner starts with such dramatic descriptives that I was convinced I would end up disliking this book! But, once I settled into it and the author relaxed a little on these wild descriptions, I found myself falling in love with this book.
I originally picked up this novel to review because it had a main character who was an archaeologist and novels with that as an occupation are few and far between! However, I was disappointed to find that even though the story moves across the world and covers some areas of the character's field, this novel is not really an archaeology novel. If you are expecting Time Team or Indiana Jones, than you can walk away now.
But I am certainly glad I picked up this novel. The characters are so rich they burst from the pages and the reader gets a real sense of living in their world and feeling all their pain. About the only character I couldn't quite get into was Stephen, the main character's husband. While he is a main part of the story, he just feels a little hollow to me. I think the author was too busy trying to develop an air of mystery and 'did he, or didn't he' that she forgot to make him human.
Even though Stephen lost it for me a little, the characters are what makes this book. The way the author displays all their faults and all their normality to the reader is what made me devour this novel in only two sittings.
Overall, I am giving The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner 4 out of 5 stars....more