Sunday, May 1, 2016

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Book description(via Goodreads):

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

Many thanks to Net Galley and Pan MacMillan for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

This insomniac's opinion: 

I rather adore Rainbow Rowell. She writes delightfully quirky and wonderful characters. So, of course I was thrilled to get this one. 

Okay. So it pains me to say it but this wasn't so great for me. It felt in places far too similar to Harry Potter and other had such silly terms to describe things that I felt like I couldn't even take it seriously even as I appreciated the author taking on same sex relationships and things like that(she is amazing in that way!). 

So, while this one was not for me, I'm still a die-hard Rainbow Rowell fan. If you haven't read Eleanor and Park- you must! 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Not for me, but maybe for you. 


3 stars. 

The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson

Book description(via Goodreads):

In 1920s Jerusalem, civic advisor and architect Charles Ashton has an ambitious (and crazy) project to redesign the Holy City by importing English parks to the desert and knocking down Ottoman minarets. He employs William Harrington, a British pilot, to take aerial photographs of the city and surrounding desert. At this time, Palestine, under British administration, is a surprisingly peaceful mix of British colonials, exiled Armenians, and Greek, Arab, and Jewish officials rubbing elbows, but there are simmers of trouble ahead. Eleanora, the young English wife of a famous Jerusalem photographer, meets and falls for Harrington, threatening her marriage, particularly when William discovers that Eleanora’s husband is part of an underground nationalist group intent on removing the British.

Years later, in 1937, Ashton’s daughter Prue, an artist who has escaped the pressures of the London art world and a damaging marriage to live a reclusive life in Sussex by the Sea, is paid a visit by Harrington. What he reveals unravels her world, and she must follow the threads that lead her back to secrets long-ago buried in Jerusalem.

With its evocative, atmospheric landscape and its historical backdrop with profound resonance for world-stage events today, The Photographer’s Wife is a powerful story of betrayal: between father and daughter; between husband and wife; and by officials during the complex period between the two world wars.

Many thanks to Net Galley and Bloomsbury USA for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

This insomniac's opinion: 

I have enjoyed this author's previous work, but this book was, well- painful. It was discombobulated and hard to follow. In fact, it was rather painful to finish. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

No, but it might be useful to help you to sleep!


2 stars. Maybe.