Merry Christmas everyone! I will spoil you with some extra blog posts today, among which is this one with 3 mini-reviews. One of them is a Christmas story, so go ahead and enjoy!
Erin Morgenstern – The night circusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Doubleday on September 13, 2011
Length: 13 hours, 40 minutes
Narrator: Jim Dale
Also by this author: The Starless Sea
Also in this series: Zomer in het duincafé
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
To be honest, I had high expectations and anticipations for The night circus, but I got really disappointed. After reading The starless sea, I was a little nervous. I was hoping that this book would have been better as it is a favorite of many of us. Unfortunately, I have been bored the entire time and zoned out a lot. I liked the narration by Jim Dale, but the story did nothing to me. I want to rate the writing style 5 stars, but that’s it. What actually happened again? I don’t have a single clue.
Debbie Johnson – Christmas at the comfort food cafeChristmas at the comfort food cafe by Debbie Johnson
Series: Comfort Food Cafe #2
Genres: Roman, General Fiction
Published by One More Chapter on September 23, 2016
Also by this author: Zomer in het duincafé
Also in this series: Zomer in het duincafé
Becca Fletcher has always hated Christmas but she has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch. Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.
Little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…
Christmas stories are not really my cup of tea, but I wanted to give Christmas at the comfort food cafe a go as I was really surprised by Summer at the comfort food cafe this past summer. Unfortunately, Christmas at the comfort food cafe was a bit disappointing. We follow another character, but the story fell flat to me. I missed the great atmsphere of the first book, like it was still there, but not really there. I finished this book in one sitting, but it was not something I’d expected.
Bridget Collins – The bindingThe binding by Bridget Collins
Published by The Borough Press on January 10, 2019
Books are dangerous things in Collins's alternate universe, a place vaguely reminiscent of 19th-century England. It's a world in which people visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once their stories have been told and are bound between the pages of a book, the slate is wiped clean and their memories lose the power to hurt or haunt them. After having suffered some sort of mental collapse and no longer able to keep up with his farm chores, Emmett Farmer is sent to the workshop of one such binder to live and work as her apprentice. Leaving behind home and family, Emmett slowly regains his health while learning the binding trade. He is forbidden to enter the locked room where books are stored, so he spends many months marbling end pages, tooling leather book covers, and gilding edges. But his curiosity is piqued by the people who come and go from the inner sanctum, and the arrival of the lordly Lucian Darnay, with whom he senses a connection, changes everything.
I started reading The binding this summer already, but I kept falling asleep with the audiobook. So, when the ebook was reasonably priced, I bought it and I finally found the time to actually read it. People said that the story was beautifully written, but very mediocre. Well yes, they were right. The story is mediocre, but the writing style was okay. I didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters, but the story was an original idea. However, the excecution didn’t really succeed.