January 2017 Book Reviews

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Alice Broadway

Citizens are tattooed from birth. Each mark signifies a life event and they build to create a life story. When a person dies, their skin is removed and a life book is created. The book is weighed and judged and if it’s worthy is given to the family of the deceased for safe keeping, so the person is always with them and their story always accessible. However, Leora discovers her father’s book has skin missing, meaning his story incomplete or someone is hiding something… I really liked the vibe of this book. Rich with description, Leora’s world is bursting with art and imagination. Readers won’t know who to trust in this twisty mystery. A promising debut—I’m looking forward to the next book.

WINDWITCH

Susan Dennard

Safiya, Iseult, Merik and Aeduan are split up, in different corners of the land, and facing different threats. War is brewing and their magic is pushed to its limits. I loved how each character searched for their individual strengths while searching for each other. Truthwitch was one of my favourite books of last year. I read it in January and it stuck with me throughout the whole year – I was enchanted by the Witchlands and couldn’t wait to read the sequel. Set in a fantasy world filled with magic and imagination, Windwitch was an action-packed read with high-stakes, real danger, and a hint of romance. I really liked seeing more of Iseult and Aeduan. There’s so much to enjoy here – this is another favourite.

HEARTLESS

Marissa Meyer

Catherine is the daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove and a skilled baker. Her talents go unappreciated by her parents but she has caught the eye of the King of Hearts. Catherine doesn’t want to be Queen. As her paths keep crossing with the new court joker, she finds herself falling for him. And, more than anything, she wishes to open a bakery with her maid and best friend, Mary Ann—something her parents will never approve… I was really impressed by this Queen of Hearts origin story. All I could think was—how can this sweet character turn into the feared Queen of Hearts? And I got my answer. It was such a brilliant story, so many little details to appreciate, take note of and look back on. What a treat! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Also read this month:

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (review to come in next month’s wrap-up)

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