Own the book: Yes
Published: (Originally) 15th August 2013 by Headline
Date Read: 15th July 2014
Note: I received this copy of Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson for free through BookBridgr. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.
Elysian Fields is the third book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, preceded by Royal Street (#1) and River Road (#2). It is classed by Headline as a Fiction/Urban Fantasy mix. I couldn’t quite work out if this was aimed at a teen or adult audience however, but I think it could easily be enjoyed by both.
Before reading this book I will fully admit that I had not read either of the other books in the series but I was intrigued too much by the storyline and the gorgeous cover to let my chance to read it pass. And I’m so pleased I took it.
The Sentinels of New Orleans series focuses around the main character of DJ – Drusilla Jaco. DJ is an odd mix of wizard and elf, with the powers of both. The books are set around New Orleans in the times around Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane opened a passageway from the Beyond to present day New Orleans, giving characters still remembered by the world of today the opportunity to came back for periods. These characters can be good, bad or a charming pirate named Jean who is a mix of both. The world DJ lives in contains elves, werewolves, witches and wizards along with shapeshifters, elves and who knows what else.
Book three was an absolute joy to read. The characters imagined by Suzanne Johnson fully came to life in my mind and her descriptions were wonderful. I laughed, I hid in fear and I couldn’t put it down. I even had a 3am incident when I just didn’t want to stop reading, despite having to work the following day! I found that though I had missed the first two books in the series, I could still really enjoy the book as everything was explained succinctly enough to get the gist of what had previously happened without it ruining the flow.
I loved too the hints of romance in the story – the will they/won’t they play which still wasn’t sorted at the end. Can I hear a book 4 in the distance? Please? If bribery will work I’ll send cupcakes…!
It was a clever book and one I would certainly recommend. So please, give it a try!
Own the book: No
Date Read: 13th June 2014
This is the first of a three-volume set by the author Usamaru Furuya, centred around the main character Hikari ‘Picasso’ Hamura, a budding artist, and his best friend Chiaki Yamamoto, both of whom are school-aged teens. Given the age difference between myself and the characters I did wonder if this was a little young for me but found that the problems faced by the characters were still fitting and applied to me.
The volumes are split into chapters, each of which focuses on a character, their problem and the solution to their woe. In the first chapter, Picasso and Chiaki are involved in an accident – one which proves fatal to Chiaki who then becomes an angel-like being, helping Picasso with his new problem. He rots. You see, he should have died too but thanks to the prayers of Chiaki he was saved to help others. This he does by drawing what is in a troubled person’s heart and solving that problem with Chiaki (and sometimes others) assistance. An interesting idea and one I haven’t seen before! In the first volume this includes problems and misunderstandings from childhood, bullying and more. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly encourage others to try it – I especially enjoyed the images of the troubled hearts – they were amazing and so detailed. Each one told a detailed and somewhat intricate story.
Like Alice in the Country of Hearts, this is a Japanese styled visual novel, reading from right to left across the page and from the back to the front of the book. After a few pages you get into the swing of things and stop thinking about it. After reading I looked up the translation of ‘Genkaku’ and found that it could mean rigid or severe – fitting for Picasso’s character.
So yes, if you’re looking for something different to read please give this a try.
Own the book: No
Date Read: 30th March 2014
‘City of Bones’ is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. In 2013 it was made into a film. The book centres around the main character Clary Fray and her adventure to find her kidnapped mother and to find out more about herself and her family’s vast array of secrets. City of Bones fits firmly into the teen fantasy/paranormal genre with Shadowhunters, Werewolves and many others.
I greatly enjoyed this book, especially the twists and turns in the last third – my socks were definitely knocked off! Looking forward to reading book 2.
Own the book: Yes
Format: Audio Book
Date Read: 25th January 2014
Guards Guards is the 8th book in the Discworld series and introduces the Watch – the police of Ankh Morpork. With the introduction of the Night Watch; Captain Vimes, Nobby Nobbs, Sergeant Colon and Carrot (the 6ft+ human raised as a dwarf) come even more snorts of laughter and odd looks from other people while reading this novel. A dragon is on the loose in Ankh Morpork, Draco Nobilis – a dragon believed to have gone from the Discworld… nothing like the Draco Vulgaris (swamp dragon) usually seen around the city and bred by Lady Sybil Ramkin. But surely someone must have summoned and be feeding this new dragon? It’s up to the Watch to find out, along with the assistance of Lady Sybil and Errol.
I adored this book and have listened to it again and again – some of the lines and comments from the characters are laugh-out-loud funny and the situations are a work of genius. Read it!!