There's no better feeling than when you hook a good book. i've been incredibly lucky with my reads this year but i try to pick the right ones - taking recommendations from trusted friends and checking reviews. how do you select your books?
and speaking of reading, we're off on our #ourbookishadventures over the next few weeks. first to @thejohnrylands library in manchester then to @gladstoneslibrary . we're really looking forward to having these quiet moments in the middle of what's proving to be an exciting time. you can read more about my new venture in my 9 month review on the blog (link in profile). happy saturday everyone! #whpmotion
I was lucky enough to be sent a proof copy of the familiars by stacey halls a few weeks ago. based around the pendle witch trials, this atmospheric tale tells the story of 17-year-old noblewoman fleetwood shuttleworth as she tries to survive a difficult pregnancy with the help of an enigmatic local healer named alice gray.
i really enjoyed halls' writing style and the way she brought fleetwood's world to life. the pacing was good too with enough action to offset the quieter passages. despite the title and subject matter, i wouldn't class this as a paranormal novel though. there are very subtle hints about witchcraft but they were secondary to the main plot. still i imagine that this will be hugely successful when it's published in february 2019 as it achieves that rare feat of combining literary flair with compelling story. halls is definitely a talent to watch. you can read a longer review on our blog (link in profile).
as you can see i tried to get my familiar to pose with me but he wasn't particularly interested! what shape would your animal spirit take?