Linda is a wonderful writer.
Linda is a wonderful writer.
I have seen this book on a number of blogs and so I thought ok let’s try it. I finished reading this book and wow the number of vile characters in it. Some didn’t seem to have a moral compass either, but they work for the vehicle of our main protagonist Rosa.
Also there’s a fair amount of naughty language and sex too in the book. The sexual innuendos made me groan so much. Some of the dialogue was 😬 .
I identified so much with Rosa. Rosa not so much drinks alcohol, as abuses it and is a nightmare when drunk. The writer shows us why those are the symptoms of a difficult childhood and not the cause. You could also say Rosa eventually found her purpose in life from the corner shop, so didn’t need to drink. I’m sure there’s more to come from her.
I was up and down with the book, dial down your expectations from reviews, but the metaphorical punches kept coming and by the end I wanted to read more from these characters.
There were so many strands of story, but it all added up to a fun book and was never dull. The pace of the book zipped along. I was expecting something a little more cosy and not so much in your face, from the description and cover of this book, but four stars from me.
It was a good book to get me out of a reading slump.
hour spent, shut, into a classroom –
in plain clothes alongside a dozen other adult learners –
their eyes on the paper
mine on the shuffling blinds
as the open windows lets in some relief
45 minutes to go
i should concentrate
one of the questions
that one, no
no, don’t like that one either
an alarm vibrates the air
shaking us all from private places by the root
the fire bell, brilliant
told to forget our bags, no chance
and leave the building
we file out
mixing in with other pupils
Roar by Cecilia Ahern
Published by HarperCollins
These stories from Cecelia Ahern are a departure from her novels (which I have a lot of time for) and they are chilling. If you look at the list of the stories, some of the stories are a literal as their titles suggest. The stories underline how women are invisible, whatever age: invisible once elderly, put to one side once married.
My one bugbear would be that the characters were all uniform. There was not a great variety in there.
Pillow Thoughts 2 by Courtney Peppernell
Published by Andrews McMeel
I enjoyed the writing in Pillow Thoughts 2.
I liked that I could dip in and out of the book.
I found my problem was with the writing, which was impeccable, and an accurate portrayal of falling, and being in love, was so good I couldn’t connect with it, and almost couldn’t finish Pillow Thoughts.
Wicked Origins by Paula Black
A retelling of The Wizard of Oz, Paula Black takes elements of the original story and adds them into her own tale. Black’s Dorothy is a hardened character, a child in care who doesn’t trust easy, and lives with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and sister. During a tornado her car is taking and lands in the place called Oz, along with her dog Toto. Instead of the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion her companions are three shape shifter brothers. The Ruby slippers that Dorothy puts on her feet to save herself from the Munch’kins are boots. The relationship of the brothers and Dorothy develops into a tight unit. I wasn’t convinced by some of the passages in the story. I liked the characters and the dialogue. I will be adding part two to my TBR.
In a Dream You saw a Way to Survive by Clementine Von Radics
but I remember
I remember everything
I was a bird before this
Of the unburied
My healing is ugly
My edges cracked and uninspiring
But still, they are my edges
Still, I am healing
Isn’t that itself a song?
A chorus of rage and gentle.