Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik – Review

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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Intoxicating, Captivating, Enchanting, Magical, A Shining Star In The Fantasy World.

My Thoughts

I knew I would like Spinning Silver after loving Uprooted so much, but this book was even better! I didn’t think Naomi’s writing could captivate me even more so, but it was utterly mesmerizing.

The moment I opened the book I was a goner and quickly sinking into the delightfully enchanting writing. I swear Naomi has some sort of magical power that enables her to pull the reader deep into the story and immediately fall in love, she’s a sorceress I tell you and her talent for storytelling is something else.

The story is told from various characters point of view, which I really enjoyed. I’m not usually a fan of multiple POV’s, but this way I could see how certain events affected each character and what their side of the story was. I especially liked how the chapters worked – they were usually told in the present and then the next part would show how that certain event came to be – they melded together well and gave a unique and magical reading experience.

My favourite character has to be Miryem. She watches as her father gets taken for a ride as a money-lender and decides to take his place. She becomes rather cold to the situation, which is ironic given what happens, but she’s had enough in all honesty and I think she’s very brave and becomes even braver as the story progresses. She’s the kind of person who doesn’t let people walk all over her and I wish I had a bit more of her in myself.

I enjoyed the other characters very much too and Wanda and her family definitely stuck out to me, especially little Stepon. Miryem’s parents are really quite lovable too, with their huge hearts and kind words, I want nothing but a happy life for those two.

The Staryk King reminded me very much of The Goblin King from Wintersong, who you should know by now I absolutely fell in love with! So the Staryk King definitely has a place in my heart, however cold he may be. There’s reasoning behind the bad deeds of the Staryk people (which I won’t say because of spoilers) and we eventually see what really lies within his kingdom.

I really enjoyed the subtle take on the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale. I mean she’s not exactly stealing babies, but it was definitely there and weaved magically into the story. I found all of the European folklore very interesting throughout the book and often found myself looking up names and items to try and locate where the story was set. I believe Russia is a good guess.

This story was everything I wanted and so so much more! I can’t possibly put into words how much I adore it and will forever treasure it on my shelves. This story is high fantasy at its finest and will completely enchant whom ever reads it.

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I’d like to thank Jamie at Tor Books ( Macmillan) for sending this book my way in return of an honest review (you rock!).

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Spinning Silver is due to release TOMORROW on July 12th 2018

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The Confession – Jo Spain – Review

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Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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Intense psychological thriller. Jaw dropping secrets. One huge confession.

My Thoughts

I literally just put the book down and I’m writing this! I cannot stress enough how f#cking epic this book is!! I am utterly shocked to the core and have literal goosebumps! Ok. Breathe. Let me try to express myself more coherently.

I first went into this book thinking it would be a simple murder mystery. The blurb – ‘you find out who did it on the very first page, on the last page you’ll find out why’ – had me all kinds of intrigued and instantly made me rethink. This isn’t your every day murder mystery, this is truly something else!

From the first line I was hooked. ‘It’s the first drop of my husband’s blood hitting the television screen that will haunt me in the weeks to come – a perfect diagonal splash, each droplet descending like a vivid red tear’ – If that’s the opening line then what would I find lurking in this book?! A whole load of twisted sh#t let me tell you! This isn’t just a murder, this is people’s lives falling apart before your very eyes. Dysfunctional families that aren’t what they seem, unless you look closer and find the truth behind the lies.

As I got deeper and deeper into the book, I learned all manner of dirty little secrets and corrupt goings on. You wouldn’t find this much dirt in a graveyard. The more you dug, the more you found, it just kept coming and I was insatiable, I honestly couldn’t get enough. I was falling deeper into the rabbit hole and couldn’t find my way out! I craved that finale so much, but I didn’t want it to end.

Each time I thought I had it, I knew the secret, I knew the reason why, but I didn’t, it hurtled away from me every time and turned into something else. The amount of twists and turns that I was assaulted by – you honestly would have mistaken me for being in a maze. By the end I was completely gone, THAT ENDING!! God it was so freaking good!!

The characters were incredible. You thought you knew them and had sympathy for their situation and then found out something new and it all changed. The author literally dissected them in front of me! It was all very devious and calculated.

The story was so intense. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time and left with my mouth hanging open at the end of a chapter. The amount of gasps and oooh’s that left my lips was insane. I cried at one point and then felt so much rage the next.

It was utterly gripping and superbly written. If you love a good thriller and are prepared to be shook then I implore you to pick it up!

Just a footnote, there are mentions of alcoholism, self harm and abuse in this book, so just be aware. 

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*I want to thank Jo Spain and Quercus publishing for sending this book my way in return for an honest review*

I hope you enjoyed my review! If you pick up The Confession, please do let me know what you think! I’d honestly love to know.

Find out more about the author and book HERE.

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