What She Has

It’s Her ocean full

of abysmal emotions

She wants to drown in.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

The DressmakerThe Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was watching the trailer for Kate Winslet’s next movie that led me to reading The Dressmaker. As a fan of the beautifully talented Kate Winslet and fashion, I was instantly entranced by the 2 minute trailer and needed to read the book that inspired the film.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham takes place in the 1950s as it follows dressmaker Mrytle “Tilly” Dunnage as she returns to her small hometown in Australia to take care of her sick mother. Right away the little town of Dungatar makes it know that Tilly is not welcome back. As the story progresses, Tilly’s past is slowly revealed while she begins to transform the people of Dungatar with her fashionable creations.

Just as Tilly’s creations transform the people of Dungatar, Ham’s beautiful syntax brings vivid imagery to every page. Ham does an exceptional job of revealing Tilly’s secrets as well as those of the townspeople, to the point where you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Filled with secrets, love, loss and determination, The Dressmaker will leave you thinking about it weeks after reading. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion and dark comedy and is looking for something to cleanse their palate.

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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #1)The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I was browsing through the young adult section in the library, the cover of Farah Oomerbhoy’s The Last of the Firedrakes caught my eye and so I added it to my book haul.

The first in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles, it tells the story of 16-year-old Aurora Darlington who gets kidnapped through a portal to a land of magic. Okay, right away this book grabbed my attention as I spent the night reading half the book before falling asleep. But I admit that picking this book back up wasn’t easy.

In the first half of Oomerbhoy’s novel, Aurora is introduced as a young girl who is bullied and her family’s treatment of her rivals that of the Dursley’s. Right away I’m rooting for Aurora because in my mind there’s no place but up for her to go in gaining self-confidence. As Aurora explores this new land, forms friendships and discovers who she really is, its easy to become annoyed with her. I often found myself asking “why” to her actions as I couldn’t understand her feelings/motives throughout most of the book. It isn’t until the end that Aurora finally seems to gain confidence and come into her own but by then its into someone who the journey doesn’t necessarily reflect.

As this is only the first book in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles I do look forward to reading more. Oomerbhoy’s writing is solid and she does a great job getting right into the action. I do hope her second book plunges right into action! I recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new light YA fantasy series.

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Throwback Thursday Review: Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson

Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul, #4)Queen of Song and Souls by C.L. Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can safely say that I’ve become addicted to the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. I have been devouring these books like there’s no tomorrow. The Winter King was the first book by Wilson I read and from there I discovered the Tairen Soul series, which I haven’t been able to put down. Wilson delivers just the right amount of romance, royal court intrigue, action and magic to weave an incredible story about a woman who rises out of a small loving life to embrace a power that will either save the people she loves or destroy everything she holds dear.
I’m onto the next and final book of the Tairen Soul series but I don’t want it to end!

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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unique. Addictive. Badass. Three words I would use to describe Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I stumbled across this ebook looking for a short, fun romance story to get lost in but found myself reading late into the night whispering, “one more chapter.”

Every Other Day takes place in a world like our own but where supernatural creatures have existed for a while. Kali, a normal high school girl isn’t as normal as everyone thinks, especially her father. Kali finds herself unraveling secrets about who and what she is, while trying to not die again. Oh, and Kali might just be going crazy because an intriguing voice in her head named Zev won’t shut up.

Barnes does a fantastic job of building this world that’s half supernatural and half science. No longer are the creatures that go bump in the night stories, they’re real and even on the endangered species list. I loved reading Every Other Day and still can’t decide if I’m happy or devastated that this is standalone book. I do know that I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re in a book slump!

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