Mini Reviews – Song of Achilles, The Witchling’s Girl and The Cup and the Prince
Welcome to Blogmas Day 3! I haven’t written a book review in months, so I thought I was about time I shared my overdue opinion on some recent reads!
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Don’t you love it when you finish a book and then spend days trying to collect your thoughts into complete and coherent sentences? This book left me in awe and I just want to re-read it again and again. I now REFUSE to read or watch another Troy retelling that doesn’t acknowledge the fact that Achilles and Patroclus were lovers, as Miller has crafted a beautifully heartbreaking love-story.
I knew the story. I knew what was going to happen. But the enchanting quality in Millers prose lures us into the comfort of caring for these characters. The emotions shared between Achillies and Patroclus are profoundly physical, and those last five chapters tore the heart from my chest, leaving me empty and alone. I’m still unable to full comprehend my thoughts and emotions about this book but its fair to say that it has earned its place as one of my all time favourites.
I received these following books from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan – I picked this book up around Halloween time as I wanted something spooky to read but instead I got something completely different. This book is haunting. Coggan’s beautifully evocative prose and world building surrounds a battling story of love and death that will break readers hearts. The characterisation and development is what makes this book truly stunning, Haley’s succession to becoming the Witchling is one heck of a journey that I’m thankful to have experienced. I can’t recommend this book enough, everything about it is uniquely wonderful!
The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao – This is probably one of my biggest disappointments of 2020 and it breaks my heart to admit that because I hate writing bad reviews. As many of you know I was hooked by this book’s synopsis but sadly this is one of those rare cases of a great premise but not so great execution.
I’ve never DNF’d a book but after reading the first chapter, I was close and instantly knew that I wasn’t going to click with the overly simple writing style and characters. Our protagonist Zora is trying to be this powerful and feminist figure but instead ends up feeling naive and indifferent. However, the plot was pretty solid, and the world Leitao has created has the potential to become something really intriguing. I feel like the only person who didn’t like this book, but if you’re looking for a fast paced and easy fantasy adventure then this might be something to look into!