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.
Although I’ve had the second instalment of Alwyn Hamilton’s series sat on my shelf for quite some time (since October in fact), I’ve only just got around to it now and I’d completely forgotten how much I love this series! The press tour for the third and final book in this series is currently filling my twitter feed which gave me the kick I needed to jump back into this world.
An enemy who’ll stop at nothing. A city with nowhere to hide. A traitor looking for vengeance. A lover confined to the shadows. A rebel who becomes a Queen.
It’s been almost 2 years to the day that we were gifted the second novel in The Bone Season series, The Mime Order, and left with that horrific cliff-hanger on the final page. The wait is almost over and there are only a few short weeks remaining until The Song Rising finally hits the shelves. However, as part of my role as a Bone Season Advocate, I have been privileged enough to read a copy of this book early (thanks Bloomsbury!) and I am here to give you some idea of what’s in store for Paige in her most recent adventure.
The Song Rising picks up seconds after the end of the Mime Order with Paige’s dreamwalking form staring dumbfounded at Jaxon Hall; her previous mentor, confident and friend. I love that Samantha Shannon has continued her trend of the novels completely running into one another which is perfect for a book-binge as there are no gaps or pauses in the narrative. Throughout the course of the novel we explore Paige’s reign as a newly victorious Underqueen along with all the complications and surprises that this role brings. We learn more about where Jaxon’s loyalties lie and his past ways before Paige came into the equation whilst Paige is beginning to learn her own strengths and just how useful her gift can be. In short, life as Paige knows it flips on its head and it’s wonderful.
The Song Rising is a shorter novel than both of its predecessors however this takes nothing away from the content and seems to be simply because the novel takes place over a shorter amount of time than the previous novels. There is some incredible world building in this installment as not only do we explore further reaches of Scion London, but we learn a little about the Scion world outside of the capital; Scion Manchester and Scion Edinburgh. As we have come to expect from these novels, The Song Rising is packed with page turning tension which ensured I reached the final page far too soon.
As with the previous novels, The Song Rising contains a host of diverse characters who are all layered, complex and really likeable. We are made to care about every single character no matter if they are one of the main group surrounding page or a fairly infrequently mentioned secondary character. This, along with the excellent narrative, explains why we’ve had to wait a little longer for this novel than we’re used to. It’s a very strong book and an I don’t mind having to wait that little bit longer for such a perfect addition to the series.
I have been left eargly awaiting the currently unnamed The Bone Season #4.
You can catch up with Paige, Warden, Nick and the rest of your favourite voyants and Rephaites alike from publication day; 7th March.