3 Books 3 Points: March 2020
Reviewing 3 books in 3 bullet points
Hello all! It’s been a while, and I’m back with a book review that I’ve had on the go since January. I’ve started university again and it seems to have taken up all my brain space. Things seem to be settling down now and I’ve managed to finish my reading and actually write some 3-point reviews!
I know that most my reading over the next few months will probably be journal articles (yey), and so the next book review probably won’t be for a few months, sorry… but for now, here are some stonking reads I’ve had the pleasure of diving into over the past few months. They’re all good ones!
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow**, by Natasha Pulley
-This has been my favourite book for a long time. The sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow is just, if not more, as full of magic, intrigue and mystery. We join
Thaniel, Mori and Six in Japan, where strange ghostly sightings are occurring and things aren’t quite
as they seem.
-Against a backdrop of political unrest, Thaniel and Mori must uncover the reasons behind the
increasing appearance of ghosts in the local town. Mori goes missing, and Thaniel continues to
doubt himself as he frantically searches for any clues as to where Mori might be.
I was gripped throughout, wondering just what was going to happen next and if things really were
meant to be unfolding in the way in which they seemed to be. We learn a lot more about Mori’s past
and are introduced to Takiko Pepperharrow, who fast became one of my favourite characters. I was
also delighted to see that Mori’s cheeky mechanical octopus Katsu is still around and causing
mischief as usual.
-I felt that the development of the characters continued on from The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,
specifically Six. We learn more about their inner thoughts and how these translate into actions,
making me feel like I really began to know them. And of course, the world – that is almost like our
own, but something more. I love the mysteriousness and magic that runs throughout the story. It
seems as though everything and anything is possible.
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one sitting and didn’t want it to end. I definitely recommend it!
Coming Up For Air**, by Sarah Leipciger
-Coming Up For Air is a book that has stayed with me long after I finished reading it. The story has
themes of sadness woven throughout, as we follow the stories of three separate individuals all
linked in some way by water.
-An unknown girl becomes a companion to an elderly Parisian lady, and we follow her as she moves
to Paris and learns the ins and outs of living with her companion.
We then travel to meet Anouk, who is slowly drowning in her own body as a result of cystic fibrosis.
She’s young when we meet her, her family life slowly unwinding as we join her in her journey.
Finally, we meet Pieter who is driven by a tragic event that happened in the river near their home.
-I loved the slow untangling of the three separate stories. The writing is languid and melancholy, and I
felt pulled down, as though in water somehow, too. I felt the further I got through the book the
more intertwined each narrative became until at the end we realise it’s all part of the same story.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, as the book was billed as the description of the invention of the
Resuscitation Annie doll, but I absolutely loved it. Based on true events this book made me want to
find out more about the characters that appear in the story and it has stayed with me for many
weeks after I finished reading.
Circe, by Madeline Miller
-Late to the party with this one – I was debating whether to read it for a while but I’m really glad I did. I found it hard to get into to begin with, and left it for a good month or so, but picked it up again and found it much better the second attempt! I had it on my phone on Google books, which miht have been the thing that put me off – the small screen size didn’t help much – but once I’d got used to the format, the storyline came alive.
-Circe throws us into the world of myth and legend. The daughter of Perse and the sun god helios, Circe is a nymph without any special powers. Outcast by the other gods for her human-like voice and her appearance, Circe seems lonely and destined to exist in the shadows – until she discovers her powers of witchcraft.
-Circe is banished to an uninhabited island by Helios. Here, she learns to hone her craft – but is not left alone for long. Visited by various nymphs, Gods and Goddesses, Circe must decide where her loyalties lay and how far her powers can take her. Miller describes the characters well, from Circe’s narrative, and it feels as though we’re interacting in the story ourselves. Once I’d got into the book, I was hooked. I finished the book reluctantly, wanting to linger in the world a little longer, to follow the characters further. The journey of Circe coming into her power is a strong one, and the choices she makes are heartbreaking and understandable all at once.