Thursday, 21 January 2016

Book Review: Wild Oats by Veronica Henry

Wild OatsWild Oats by Veronica Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wild Oats is based in Shropshire, not far from where I live. I always enjoy reading books set in a location that I am familiar with. I enjoy Veronica Henry's writing style and always get engrossed with the characters and the story lines and this book is no exception. I felt for the characters, willed them to do the right thing and wanted them to achieve happiness. Sometimes I wanted to scream at the characters for making poor decisions, but ultimately I sympathised with them. Henry really shines in her character development. I also enjoyed the different generations and different classes that she discussed. Not everyone had Gucci handbags which has been the case in previous novels. My only criticism is that sometimes situations aren't very realistic. When two lovers wake up in bed neither of them needs to go to the loo and couples orgasm at the same time the first time they've slept together. I think if characters were even more realistic it would make it more relate-able, but this does not tarnish my opinion of Henry and I will always be an avid fan on her books.

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Friday, 15 January 2016

Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am very aware that I have not read many classics during my lifetime. After recently watching Frankenstein I thought it a good place to start. The novel has passages that are engaging. Mary Shelley writes action very well. For me, the passive sections were harder to read and remain interested. The monster is written especially well. The language used for him is almost lyrical and I sympathised with him throughout. My favourite part of the book is when the monster is watching the family in the cottage in the wood.
Considering the age of the book, it is not a difficult read but similarly, it's not what I'd classify as a page turner.

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