Today I share two little reviews for books I’ve read in the beginning of this year. The first book is part of a series from one of my favourite authors. It's a magical book filled with strong female characters and healthy relationships. I also review an anthology that personally touched me.
Juliet Marillier – Flame of Sevenwaters. Seven Waters #6. Published November 6th 2012 by Roc Hardcover.
My summary:Maeve was injured in a fire 10 years ago and now, for the first time, she is going home. She feels reluctant to leave her uncle and aunt (Bran & Liadan), especially because she can’t use her hands. She grew up in a house where people are used to her wounds and it’s scary to leave that safe place. Meave has to return home, because she has to escort a horse for her father and she is the only one who can deal with the animal; it’s her gift. There are tensions at home after the disappearance from two sons of a neighbour on their ground. It appears MacDara is back and he is not done with her family. Together with Ciaran and her guide Luachan, she has to defeat MacDara for good, especially if she wants her two beloved dogs back.
FINISHED: 3 stars.I love Marilliers world-building, which is woven through with Celtic elements. Her use of magic is incredibly subtle and makes it feel so real. She is a genius when it comes to writing characters, even when Maeve wasn’t my favorite character in the series. She has her flaws and I could understand how hard it must be for her to return home after so many years. Her parents are strangers and people look strange at her and how she has to adjust her daily life with her unusable hands. There is also something for everyone. There is action, mystery and a hint of romance. I highly recommend this series from one of my favorite authors, even when this book isn't as impressive as the first three.
Megan Kelley Hall – Dear Bully: 60 authors tell their stories. Published September 6th 2011 by HarperTeen.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.FINISHED: 3.5 stars.Very touching and emotional. I wish I had a book like this when I was younger. One of the worst thing with bullying is how lonely it makes you feel. It's a good thing when you find out that you are not alone: that it isn't about YOU. This book should be a required reading at school. I hope it would make people realize what an effect bullying can have on someone.
Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
What I really liked about this book, were the different ways authors shared their story. Some wrote a letter, some wrote poetry or would share their past with the alphabet. It made the book even more interesting to read. I think it was good that some stories were even told by bullies - or at least people who weren't brave enough to stand up for bullied friends.