I came to Crooks & Straights with that Christmas morning feeling. I read the description on Amazon and thought wow, I’ve got to get my hands on that.
The selling point of this novel is the magic system, which is based partly on colour. It was a nice, fresh, hook.
This book was a bit pretentious but interesting (though possibly not for the prudish, it wasn't overly graphic either).
Cat's descriptive writing is amazing.
Hellisen doesn't shy away from uncomfortable themes and once you realise this you know there's nowhere this story will be afraid to go.
The descriptions are so rich that when you put it down you will miss it terribly. So you don't put it down. You just read until 3am, until it's done.
Martin's descriptions are beautiful but also full of emotive strength and poignant foreshadowing.
How strange that someone read this book and thought to make a musical of it of all stories.
I was quite surprised when I started reading this, directly after finishing the first book The Lives of Christopher Chant, to find that it was written in the first person.
Wynne Jones expertly enters the mind of a young boy and brings the reader with her.