Top Ten Tuesday Throwback- My First 10 Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a throwback. God knows I love a throwback! I thought I’d look back at my first ten book reviews today.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Review 1- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

Review 2- Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Review 3- In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Review 4- The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost

The Abigail Affair

Review 5- One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner

One Moment, One Morning

Review 6- The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner

The Other Daughter

Review 7- The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Review 8- Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

Review 9- Entangled– Cat Clarke

Entangled

Review 10-  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll (My first Kid-Lit post with my sister Beth!)

Alice in Wonderland

What did you do for your throwback post this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s Top Ten list is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. I could think of LOADS of authors that deserve more recognition, so for me, I’ve picked 10 out of the authors I’ve read this year. Some of them are fairly well known authors but I’ve picked them because I want them to have even more recognition!

This week I’ve included my reviews of the author’s book!

In no particular order:

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Tamara Blake- I’ve recently finished Slumber. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was gripped throughout. I do hope there will be a sequel!

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Amy MartinIn Your Dreams and As You Wake are the first two books in the series. I think they are quick, brilliant, imaginative reads. I really like Amy Martin’s writing style.

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Adrienne Kress- I’ve mentioned Outcast on a few Top Ten Tuesday lists now, but I just can’t help it. I love this book!

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Alexia Casale– Yes, I’ve mentioned this book before as well, but I really love Alexia Casale’s unique and fresh story.

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Paula Daly– Another great author. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? has been compared to Gone Girl, but I think it’s special in its own right.

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Alison Rattle- The Quietness is one of my favourite reads this year. Check out Alison Rattle.. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Kevin Maher- The Fields has had recognition as a promising debut novel, but I want more people to read it. I wasn’t impressed with the ending, but I was impressed that Kevin made me feel so passionately about the ending.

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Holly Smale- Geek Girl has been raved about amongst bloggers, but I think Holly Smale is one of my favourite authors this year. I think she deserves much more success. She’s a lovely person too.

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Jaclyn Dolamore- Magic Under Glass is another of my favourites this year. I can’t wait to continue with the series.

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Graham JoyceSome Kind Of Fairy Tale is a brilliant read. I loved Graham Joyce’s writing style.

Please feel free to leave your link to your list this week so I can come and check out the author’s you think deserve more recognition. I think I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my TBR list…

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

Synopsis:
It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phonecall from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery.

He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, dishevelled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim.

But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…

Thoughts:

I’m finding this book quite tricky to review because I loved it, yet it annoyed me at some points. But more on that later..
Del Martin answers the door to his daughter who disappeared twenty years ago without a trace. The family had come to assume that she had died. Tara looks like she did the day she left, and it unfolds that she hasn’t been travelling the world but the real truth is an unusual and dark tale. The day she disappeared she met a handsome man on a white horse in the woods and agreed to go away with him. She says the man was a fairy and he lived in a community of fairies who could control time but not control the two worlds. She stayed in this fairy land until the door had been opened to our world. Tara thinks she’s only been away six months, when in fact, she’s been away for twenty years. With her family unsure about Tara’s tale, they arrange for her to see a psychiatrist who tries to work out what’s ‘wrong’ with Tara.

The story is told with alternate narratives that discuss the past and the present and also journal entries from the psychiatrist. I really liked the idea of the reports of the psychiatrist and found them interesting, but I also felt it jarred the story a little. It is a beautifully written story for the most part with very interesting extracts of fairy tales or experiences of humans dealing with the notion of fairies.

I did find the character of Tara and Hiero a little underdeveloped. I would’ve liked to have known more about Tara, although she is the central character, to me it felt like I didn’t really get to know her. I guess this could’ve been deliberate, perhaps she was supposed to be a mystery to the reader. I also would’ve liked to learn more about Hiero. It feels like their relationship and Hiero’s motives were brushed over.

Despite these criticisms, I did find Some Kind Of Fairy Tale an engaging, unique read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
In The Time Of The Butterflies- Julia Alvarez