Mini Reviews – Circe, The Night Circus and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Circe by Madeline Miller

I finally gave into the hype surrounding this book and let me say that everything said about this book is true, it is a wonderfully original and captivating read that explores the shadows of villainized women Greek Mythology. Millers choice to tell Circe’s story in first person was genius, it made transcending her emotions and hurting off the page more impactful and somewhat realistic. Her journey is one of many delicate and divine layers as she grows from a naive and hopelessly blind nymph to a powerful and compassionate heroine who’s weaknesses only excel her quest of love and acceptance. Throughout the book we get glimpses into other myths but storyline is solely Circe’s personal tale of heartbreak, desire and motherhood. A beautiful masterpiece filled with thought-provoking and powerful quotes, this book is a must read for all.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Prepare to be transported to the beautiful and enchanting world of the Night Circus where anything is possible thanks to Morgenstern’s magically intertwined storylines and sparkling prose which creates a place that is majestic and thoroughly irresistible.Behind the scenes of Le Cirque des Rêves, there is a tournament underway between two magicians who have been trained since childhood for this exact purpose by their instructors. Morgenstern includes every element you’d want in a book, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story. This truly captivating adventure is proof that magic does exists.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

It is clear why Gail Honeyman’s debut novel ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ won last year’s Costa Book Award as is a stunning example of a beautifully written and profound novel that touches on a collection of different issues and aspects that will leave readers feeling wrecked in the best and worst ways possible. Eleanor is lonely, damaged and awkward and every day of her life is the same, but one night, all of that changes rather abruptly. Eleanor is a uniquely refreshing and quirky character but that doesn’t stop readers from establishing a connection with her and understanding why she is, the way she is. Instead, we take her by the hand and join her on her emotional journey as she experiences different events that act as a catalyst for change and wonderful character development.

Mini Reviews – Shadow of the Fox, Five Feet Apart and If You Could Go Anywhere

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

The premise of this book had so much potential, the storyline sounded like it captured the adventure and wonder of Japanese folklore and mythology but in my opinion it sadly missed the mark, resulting in a long and underwhelming read. I tried to remain hopeful but things became entirely predictable and cliche and I don’t it helped that I read ‘A Torch Against the Night’ before, as I kept comparing the two and wanting more from Kagawa. We the readers are left to explore the world with our naive protagonist Yumako, and I hoped to witness some great character development and maturity but again this wasn’t the case. And then there was the broody and mysterious Tatsumi who’s attitude didn’t nothing but annoy me with his typical and unoriginal YA characteristics. Nevertheless, this book kept me somewhat entertained on a long journey home and for that I am thankful.

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

A heartwarming yet heartbreaking story that opened my eyes to the world of cystic fibrosis and the struggles that face the brave individuals that carry this disorder. The story is handled with care and is delicately crafted to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters are mature, making their narratives honest and heartbreaking. Make sure you have your tissues at the ready, as you’re definitely going to need them!

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

I’ve never read anything by Paige Toon but I do know that she’s a master at creating heartwarming and fluffy contemporary storylines that are the perfect read. Having just got back from a trip to Rome, it was unexpectedly wonderful to revisit all of the touristy destinations and to be transported back to one of my favourite places in the world through Toon’s intricate and detailed descriptions all of which helped me feel like I was truly apart of the story. I instantly fell in love with Angie, she was vulnerable, inspiring, and loveable character who I enjoyed following on her journey of self discovery, love and meaning. Toon successfully displays and focuses on different types of relationships whether it be between lovers, family and friends, all of which display warm and tender moments that pull at our heartstrings. If You Could Go Anywhere is the perfect laid-back and inspirational read that will encourages it’s readers to step outside their comfort zones and to follow their dreams.