Wow, August already, considering we’ve spent a great deal of this year amidst the COVID epidemic, it certainly seems to have gone fast. I have to admit, my own reading has dropped off over the last 4 months, but luckily there are still plenty of people out there reading. There weren’t as many books read and linked in July as the previous two months, but we still had 9 books added to the database.
Rebecca Bowyer says “Heart of Brass, by Felicity Banks, is a fabulously madcap adventure set in an alternative Gold Rush Victoria where metal has slightly magical properties. This is a convict / Gold Rush historical fiction novel with a fantastically fun difference. I loved the way author Felicity Banks portrayed how Emmeline dealt with society’s discrimination against her disability. What was seen, in high society, as a monstrous defect, was viewed with fascination and wonder in the Australian frontier towns.
In the end, it was unclear what high society feared more – a woman with a brass heart or a woman who was as brilliant a scientist as her father. A highly imaginative and very enjoyable read.”
This is a lovely re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast, and unique enough that I forgot that’s what it was and got lost in the story.
A great read.”
Brona’s Books also reviewed this wonderful sounding middle-grade book The Secret Library of Hummingbird House by Julianne Negri. She says “When I was ten, I would have devoured this gem of a book, several times over! Set in a pre-COVID Melbourne with a secret yarn-bomber covering the trees, fences and signs with crochet wraps, Julianne Negri has written a story about standing up for yourself and letting go of the past. Adapting to the inevitable changes that occur in all our lives at every stage is the thread that joins all the characters together. Everyone has their own way of avoiding or denying change before coming around to accepting that change doesn’t have to be all bad, it’s just different. A delightful read for 10+ readers. Lots of fun and full of positive messages woven naturally into the story.” This is definitely going on my list of potential books to buy my niece for Christmas.
The book with the most reviews was Kayte Nunn’s The Silk House, a gothic mystery, this had 5 reviews and 1 interview, I won’t pick from the reviews but here are the links if you’d like to take a look. Cass Moriarty Shellyrae @ Book’d Out The Intrepid Reader Snowqueensvt Theresasmithwrites Interview by Carpe Librum
Until next month, happy reading, and keep linking your reviews here