Review | Lord of the Darkwood, It was Only Ever you, Girl in Pieces & The House on Sunset Lake

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


This post has been well overdue and I've always been reminded so whenever I see the pile of books I still need to review. It's been a while since I've read some of these books so hopefully as I'm writing memories will start flooding back. The first two books are from Hachette NZ and the other two from HarperCollins NZ.

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The Lord of the Darkwood* by Lian Hearn is books 3 & 4 of The Tale of Shikanoko series. I haven't read any of the previous books so was unfamiliar with the story and the characters. For me I only really followed the story on the surface level. I kept getting lost with the characters, the places and the past story lines that I could fully comprehend the overall story's ending.  There are many characters which are followed, some change their names which led to my confusion as well as the hybrid/mythological figures. The books were inspired by medieval warrior tales of Japan which I though was very interesting as I find history as well as mythology fascinating. 

If you read and enjoyed the first books in the series you would enjoy it but as I have only read the ending I wasn't able to fully grasp the journey of the characters.

3 stars

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The House on Sunset Lake* by Tasmina Perry is a love story and is set in two different time periods. It kind of reminds me of the movie The Lake House but not as complex. Jim Johnson & Jennifer Wyatt first meet in 1995 when Jim's family spend the summer not far from Casa D'Or where Jennifer lives. It is the grand house which pulls the two back together twenty years later and we see the history of the relationship and how they deal with it as well as their current circumstances. 

Overall I really enjoyed it. It was easy to follow and is a little bit different to a typical love story. You get to see 1995s Jim & Jennifer's dreams for the future compared to where they end up in 2015.

 3.5 stars

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Girl in Pieces* by Kathleen Glasgow is a tough and emotional story which follows Charlie Davis's journey. The book's main theme is mental illness as well incorporating drug addiction through a character Charlie meets and is drawn to. The story is told from Charlie's perspective so we see her thought process, how she sees the world which is at most times overwhelming and negative. Her story is emotional as is her journey but at the end you get the sense of being proud of her. How she managed to get to the end of the book, on the way to an exciting opportunity and future.

3.5 stars

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It Was Only Ever You* by Kate Kerrigan is another love story this time covering two countries and a number of people. The story focuses on four characters who are intertwined. The first is Patrick Murphy who dreams of being a famous singer and is sent from his home in Ireland to the bright lights on 1950s New York. Rose, his first love, follows him there and gets caught up in Patrick's new life with Ava and Sheila. 

I did have an idea of how the story was going to go but I ended up being slightly wrong with the relationships between Patrick and the women not being all the same. I liked how the main four characters each had their own perspectives throughout the book as well as some minor characters which made it more interesting. The reader gets to see their fears, insecurities and you really get invested in their story.

3 stars

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Ashley xx
*Review copies 

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