N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.
The Bone Season follows nineteen year old Paige living in a future dystopian London controlled by an oppressive, authoritarian government called Scion. Kidnapped and ripped from everything and everyone she knows, Paige must survive in Oxford the city hidden from society for centuries.
Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (Debut YA novel alert!! Debut as a writing duo alert!!)
Published: 31st May 2018
⭐️4.5 / 5
Eve of Man is the debut young adult novel for power couple Giovanna and Tom Fletcher, and their first novel as a writing duo marking the beginning of a new trilogy of YA books. Before reading this I was sceptical, as I’m not the biggest fan of dual narrators and I wasn’t sure how the writing would flow and blend owing to the differing writing backgrounds of the authors. Giovanna has predominantly written women’s fiction up until this point whereas Tom has found his feet in children’s picture books, middle grade novels and short stories. These styles are worlds away from YA, and in the case of this novel it wasn’t as simple as one author making the transition into a different genre, but two. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found and I’d definitely place this book high on my list of favourite reads this year.
Warning: minor spoilers ahead in the form of fangirling over a character pairing
This is the second instalment in Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter series. This is the first book in a long time that I ran through in one sitting. After immensely enjoying the first book in the series, I was initially disappointed as this novel seems to drop Twylla from the narrative completely and instead picks up with an unknown character. All I desperately needed to know was how Twylla was getting on after the events of her story and instead we move to a struggling village in a neighbouring part of the realm and follow Leif’s younger sister Errin. I was not happy. However I was far to quick to judge because she became one of my favourite fictional characters to read about in 2017. She is young, snappy and hungry (name that musical 😉) to survive the changes in the world she sees around her. After Leif’s departure from their newly broken family home, Errin is forced to give up her trade as an apothecary to care for her sick mother. She must resort to illegally making remedies, poisons and other lotions and potions to pay for her survival and to ensure the villagers don’t turn on her mother who is looking increasingly like she is possessed by something sinister. She has grown up in a society firmly rooted in fact and science, which is the polar opposite to what we have seen with Twylla. However with their world facing the reawakening of the Sleeping Prince, a being of legend, Errin’s people are not able to place as much surety in science as they are used to. Errin must watch her family life and the society she has always known and loved crumble before her and watch her neighbours take up some of the odd practices of the devout citizens in the part of the world we know through Twylla. The only constant in Errin’s new life of despair is her strange friendship with the mysterious Silas. Enter my favourite couple of the series.