Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Book Review: The Golden Cage. Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny by Shirin Ebadi

Format I Read/Publisher: Paperback, Rizzoli

Pages: 253

Rating: 5/5

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Conceived as a monument to all the victims of Iran's Islamic Revolution, The Golden Cage follows the lives of Shirin Ebadi's childhood friend Pari and her three brothers, as each of them subscribes to one of the different ideologies tearing the country - and their family - apart.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Title: The Watcher in the Shadows

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Series: Mist Trilogy #3

Format I Read/Publisher: Paperback, Mondadori

Pages: 268

Rating: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads):

A mysterious toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created... An enigma surrounding strange lights that shine through the mists that envelop the small island on which the old lighthouse stands... A shadowy creature that hides deep in the woods... These are the elements of a mystery that will bind 14-year old Irene to Ismael during one magical summer spent in the Blue Bay. Her mother has taken a job as a housekeeper for the toymaker, but his house contains more secrets than Irene and Ismael have bargained for.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Book Review: The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Title: The Midnight Palace

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Series: Mist Trilogy #2

Format I Read/Publisher: Paperback, Mondadori

Pages: 299

Rating: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads):

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life...

Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night - and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Book Review: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Title: The Prince of Mist

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Series: Mist Trilogy #1

Format I read/Publisher: Paperback, Mondadori

Pages: 202

Rating: 3.5/5


In 1943, as the war sweeps across Europe, the Carver family decides to leave the city and move to an old house on the coast. But as soon as they arrive, strange things start to happen, and memories of an old tragedy are brought back to life. With the help of a new friend, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the secrets hiding in their new home, and discover the existence of a mysterious being called The Prince of Mist - a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past - embarking on an adventure that will change their lives forever.