26 June 2014

Review: The Wolves of Midwinter | Anne Rice

It seems forever since I published this post announcing the new cover for The Wolves of Midwinter by legendary author Anne Rice.  It was May 2013 in fact, and fans have been waiting - with baited breath - for the second instalment in The Wolf Gift Chronicles.

I received my copy (with alternate red cover pictured right) for Christmas and have waited as long as I can before diving in.  I love the anticipation of having an unread book by Anne Rice just sitting on my shelf; the pages new and yearning to be turned for the first time.

The ending of The Wolf Gift left me wanting to know much more, and I feel the same way after finishing The Wolves of Midwinter.  I want more!  I was hungry to learn the backstory for Felix and Margon, but my need wasn't 100% satisfied; and yes, I'm probably greedy in this regard.

There were plenty of reveals and new entities introduced and the plot motored along, however that just begged more questions relating to the origin of the new characters and their existence over the past several hundred years prior to meeting up with Reuben and Stuart.  
The character of Lisa was the most alluring and I can't wait to find out more about her and her heritage.

Finally, the Christmas celebration in The Wolves of Midwinter is, in my humble opinion, the best account of Christmas in modern fiction.  The plans, decorations, music, food and people evoked such a magical and almost ethereal atmosphere that I would give anything to have been there.  I'm hoping The Wolf Gift Chronicles makes it onto the big screen just so I can see Felix's Christmas party at Nideck Point come to life; magnificent.

There simply must be a third book in the series and I'm thoroughly looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

My rating = *****

Carpe Librum!

P.S.  The next novel to be published by Anne Rice is Prince Lestat, the 11th in the Vampire Chronicles.  It's due to be released at the end of October 2014, plenty of time to re-read the previous 10 right?

05 June 2014

Review: The Fault In Our Stars | John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a bestselling novel and has been hugely popular with readers worldwide.  As most of my followers would know, as soon as a book becomes 'trendy' or too popular, it turns me off, so I haven't read it until now (prompted by the release of the movie).

If you're unfamiliar with the story, it's about teenagers living with cancer, but at the same time it's so much more than that.  The novel is full of wit and humour and far from depressing to read.

The Fault In Our Stars is a YA novel, but delves deep into bigger thoughts on why we're here, our existence after death and the complexities of love as well as suffering.  It's a novel about family, acceptance, growing up and yes, grief.

I now have a full understanding of the buzz surrounding The Fault In Our Stars and author John Green certainly deserves all of the accolades being directed his way.

The movie was released in Australia today and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it.  Have you read the book? Will you be seeing the film?

My rating = *****

Carpe Librum!