#bookreviewfri – Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

For this week’s #bookreviewfri,  @carole_m_scott reviews Bitter Greens:

Bitter Greens is the first ‘grown ups’ novel from prolific Australian children’s novelist, Kate Forsyth. It is a beautiful and spellbinding book, telling the story of three different women – a ‘Rapunzel’ locked away in C16th Venice, a scandalous aristocrat in C17th France, banished from court to a nunnery, and the nun who tells her stories to make her exile bearable. Kate’s writing is intoxicating and I found myself transported to the times and places she took me to. I was walking the alleyways of long ago Venice and I was trapped in the toxic but entertaining court of Louis XIV. The powerful, deviant and different women at the heart of the story made a refreshing change from the ‘all too good’ female characters that perpetuate in most literature and in addition, it’s a great page turner. Kate’s prose is gorgeous; it’s colourful, lively, sumptuous. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to get lost in a complete world whenever they pick up a book.

Bitter Greens by Kate Forstyh

You can find Carole at her blog – Carole Scott – where she muses about life, travel and whatever springs to mind.

#bookreviewfri – All My Friends Are Superheroes

I’ve put this book on my reading list after reading this review from @oandthefoxes:

All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kauffman

If you were to distill yourself into one overriding characteristic what would it be? This is the essence of the book. And as the characters reveal their superpowers and you start the narrative journey of love & heartache, you can’t help but wonder where you’d sit amongst them.
This book will make you smile, cry and Marvel in its genius.
All my friends are superheroes

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If you were to have a super power, what is it and why? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @oandthefoxes or myself, @sarahrajabalee using #bookreviewfri.

Happy reading!

#bookreviewfri – Aleister Crowley: The Biography

This is what @saralhawthorn thinks of this biography on occultist Aleister Crowley for #bookreviewfri:

Aleister Crowley: The Biography by Tobias Churton

Crowley is arguably one of the most complex characters of recent years, surrounded by hype, hysteria and mystery. This book aims to debunk all the myths, focusing on the ‘real’ Crowley. However, whilst it does lay out a few facts and an illuminating account of alleged work as a spy, it’s a real chew to get through. I’m a fast reader, but the format is clunky, confusing and I found myself re-reading sections several times.

Read it only if you have an interest in the Crowley or mysticism.

Aleister Crowley – The Biography, Tobias Churton

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#bookreviewfri – The Night Rainbow

Looking for something different to read over the weekend? Today’s #bookreviewfri is from @talesfromaspace:

The Night Rainbow by Claire King

Set in a stunning, sun-baked French landscape ‘The Night Rainbow’, by Claire King, is a wonderful debut novel that immerses you in the world of bright, imaginative five-year-old Pea. She’s a character to fall in love with as she navigates her way through the adult world and the profound experiences those around her find almost impossible to confront. With her little sister Margot, Pea takes you on a journey you’ll be sorry to leave. An insightful and beautifully written treat of a book.

The Night Rainbow

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Book Review Friday – The Poe Shadow

In case you forgot, today is Friday which means one thing here on teacup and cake – #bookreviewfri! @oandthefoxes reviews a novel which follows a young lawyer trying to solve the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe’s death.

The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl 
I can’t even give this book 1 star, boy how I loathed it. The writing was clunky particularly when dialogue was involved. It felt more a homage to Poe with crassly shoehorned passages of Poe’s work rammed in with very little thought taken to how this would effect the pace of the narrative. In a word AWFUL.
The Poe Shadow

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Book Review Friday – A Swarming of Bees

Are you after a quick read? This week @saralhawthorn reviews a historical novel set in Whitby.

A Swarming of Bees – Teresa Tomlinson

Like UK history? A good crime/mystery story? Then I recommend A Swarming of Bees, set in 600CE (common era) in Streonshalh, the place commonly now know as Whitby. The pace is good, the characters interesting – both from a personal and historical perspective – and it’s a fairly quick read. Excellent for weekend reading.

 

A Swarming of Bees

A Swarming of Bees

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New book review section coming soon

If you’ve been reading teacup and cake for a while, you would know I’m a book lover. There are some books that I love instantly, and some that takes time to draw me in.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton

Current book I’m reading

The problem is, my time (and probably yours too) is precious, and I don’t want to waste time slogging through books I don’t want to read. I’m a stoic reader. If I start, I will try and read to the bitter end. I like to give books a chance.

There’s also the selection on offer. Where do you start? How do you get to the good stuff? What happens if you want to read outside your favourite genre/author? My Facebook feed has people asking for recommendations all the time.  I also ask my friends. However, unless I write them down, I forget what has been recommended.

So, I’ve decided to add a review section to teacup and cake. Myself and some friends will do all the hard work for you and tell you what we think and if it’s worth your time.

Look out for it. I’ll be adding a section in the next week or so.