Category: magical realism

The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Laven…

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Author: Leslye Walton

Rating: 5/5

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Wow. Another all-time favourite for sure! The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender is such a whimsical and tragic, yet still gorgeous, tale about a girl born with wings, how that came to be, and all the beauty and sorrow it comes with.

The factor that puts this book over the majority of other magical realism novels is the writing style. It was sumptuous and metaphorical, yet still gives the reader a clear image of Ava and the world around her. More than clear, in fact. It’s colourful and vibrant and lavish and everything I love in literature.

And yet, somehow, the author creates such believable characters and story lines that feel so real! Utterly human characters are placed next to fantastical ones until you don’t see why they should ever be separated. 

There are very real issues tackled in this novel too – mental health, grief, love and loss, sexual abuse – and, although they aren’t always directly addressed, they described in a way so raw it was almost brutal. I will stick a trigger warning for sexual assault here because, although it isn’t an overly-detailed description, it’s ruthless and a little disturbing even to someone like me, who isn’t usually psychologically affected by what happens in a book.

Still, I recommend this book so so highly – it may be in my top 10 favourites of all time!

Holiday reads off to a whimsical start with th…

Holiday reads off to a whimsical start with this, I adored this book so much!

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Currently Reading: All the Crooked Saints by M…

Currently Reading: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater! I just finished Hit last night (thank the universe), and this has a week before it goes back. I just started it, and it hasn’t completely won me over, but I’m definitely intrigued. Saints! Magic! Family! Beautiful prose! Mysteries! I’m really excited to see where the rest of this book leads. Besides, if Maggie has her name on it, I’m gonna read it. Plus, look at that mysterious, beautiful cover! What are you guys currently reading this week?

The Accident Season Book Review

Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle

Rating: 4.25/5

This book was very odd, to say the least! As someone who enjoys cryptic and unusual writing styles, I loved the way this story was told – but I do understand why audiences found it a bit too confusing. The author speaks a lot in metaphors, but sometimes the metaphors get so intense that you aren’t sure whether they actually are metaphors. 

Unknowing is a reoccurring theme in this novel. Whilst some reviews that I’ve seen claim that the twist was obvious, I didn’t see it coming from a mile away! It creates a very intriguing contrast between magical realism, paranormal and psychological thriller. 

The characters though… I’m not sure if I hated them or loved them in a strange, twisted way. Although at some times they can be rather un-relatable (which can make a book quite unsatisfying), there were some moments where I wanted to cry for them. By the end, all the characters were very raw and real. 

Definitely one for the Halloween season (the novel is set in October too!). But not one for the close-minded, shall we say. I really recommend reading this one over a short period of time too – it was much more enjoyable when I didn’t take a break.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle Review

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle Review

(Not my photo!) Currently Reading: Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah…

(Not my photo!) Currently Reading: Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett! This is my book club’s pick for August, and to be honest, I’m not really sure that I’m feeling it. I love that the main character is a POC and a musician, but the writing style is weird and the plot is strange? I don’t know, maybe I’m in a reading slump? I’m not sure, but I guess we’ll see. Book club is on Thursday, and I’m hoping to finish it by then. What are you guys currently reading this week?

Currently Reading: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy! I…

Currently Reading: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy! I started this book on the third, a little bit after I basked in my emotions and feels after the emotional, romantic roller coaster ride that is When Dimple Met Rishi. My heart! The romantic in me just melted at that book. It felt like getting a warm hug! I’m more than halfway through The Disappearances, and I’m really enjoying it! It’s kind of like magical realism and historical fiction had a baby, with some mysterious folks and supernatural elements thrown in. I really like the prose, and I like the creepy, Stephen King tone I’m getting from the town of Sterling. Shout out to my local library for hooking me up! What are you guys reading this week?

Hi! I was wondering if you guys have any good recs for magical realism ? Btw i love this blog it made me love reading even more ❣️

Oh, I hope you haven’t already discovered Anna-Marie McLemore because she is the literal best and if you’re looking for queer MR, she is the most wonderful source. When the Moon Was Ours is a stunning book, and her Wild Beauty comes out in October and is queer MR as well. I also must recommend a great brand-new YA called The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz. Even if you’re not into YA, check out all three of those books; I think they all transcend category. 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerRating:…

The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when
Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was
twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a
rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself
pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither
prevent nor control, Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both
intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Thoughts

This book has been on my TBR
for a very long time, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. I remember seeing
this film years ago and being totally blown away. When I decided to read the
book I strongly remembered liking it, but I was quite fuzzy on the details.
That made it the perfect time for me to pick up the book version of this
magical and twisted story of love and time.

The Time Traveler’s Wife is
at one a science fiction story of time travel, and a beautiful love story. The
time traveling aspect of it is incredibly well planned. I imagine it is hard
enough for a writer to plan out a story chronologically, but to plan out the
story of two characters who don’t even share the same timeline mush have been
incredibly challenging. For example: In some parts of the story, Clare is a
child and Henry is middle aged. He knows and has lived through so much more
than Clare and acts accordingly. The things that are going to happen in her
future has already affected him and become part of his character. It is only
when the story reached the end that you start to understand why he acted the
way he did. In the same way, when Clare and Henry meet for the first time in
“real time” she is the one who knows more, and he is a very different person from
the Henry of middle age she knows from her childhood. This book proves how much
the things we go through in life changes us as people. I know for sure I am not
the same person I was 2 years ago. And for Clare and Henry to constantly be out
of tune with what experiences they share or don’t – well let’s just say things
get a bit complicated.

This story also raised the
question of fate or destiny. When Henry travels to the past, can he change his
own present? Should he? When Clare learns snippets of her own future, could she
decide to change what will happen or is that already unavoidable? And most
importantly, are Clare and Henry in love by choice or fate? This is one of
those mindboggling books that really makes you think, and will linger in your
mind long after you have put it down.

The love story in this novel
is a bit more on the grown up side. This is not YA, and deals a lot with
marriage, miscarriages, and childbirth. However, I would still call this an
epic love story, and definitely something out of the ordinary. It has a
star-crossed lovers vibe to it, where Clare and Henry are torn apart by forces
out of their control. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll just say
that I really love these two together. Something else that sets this novel
apart from the YA genre is that it is in fact quite a sad story. There is no
sugar coating or feeling that of course everything will work out in the end. In
spite of being sci-fi, it comes across as very real.

I really loved this book. It
was confusing in a good way, and I recommend taking your time when reading it.
It is not a book you want to rush through. I would recommend it to those who
want a more complex and thought provoking love story. It is the perfect book
for loosing yourself in. Happy reading!

//love from L

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