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.
Scarred will hook you from the very first sentence and pull you right through to the end, mercilessly. South African author, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist, and she certainly brings her knowledge of the human mind to this story.
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).
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.
Dead Until Dark is the first of the series of books that inspired the TBO series True Blood. If you like chick lit, you'll probably enjoy it. It has that whole Vampire thing going for it with the tall dark handsome stranger who would gladly kill for you added into the mix.
Wynne Jones expertly enters the mind of a young boy and brings the reader with her.
House of Many Ways is the third and final part of Diana Wynne Jone's Castle series.