Monthly Archives: February 2013

Midnight Alley

This is a review of “Midnight Alley” by Rachel Caine. It is book 3 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “The Dead Girl’s Dance“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

Claire’s made a deal with Amelie for Protection. She feels a little safer, but she’s trying to hide it from her friends. She’d rather not know how they’d react, she’s guessing it will be: badly. While Amelie’s Protection comes with some perks: some scholarship money, a new cell and relative safety after dark, there’s also some downsides. Amelie wants her to attend extra lessons outside of school with a very old vampire Myrnin. He’s working on something extremely important to the vampires, and he needs an apprentice. A smart one. Claire. And Monica, in an extremely bizarre and creepy turn of events, wants to befriend Claire.

Shane’s still recovering from his dad’s visit, and is not adjusting well to Michael’s … um, shall we say … new condition. He’s angry and confused. Eve’s still working at the cafe on Campus, and her brother is still lurking about being dead creepy. A couple more girls turn up dead (no doubt his handiwork), and he ups his ante on stalking and threatening. A dead girl is left near their house and even worse, a vampire is staked out front on their footpath. That does not look good for Shane considering all the havoc his dad recently caused. Things aren’t great. And Oliver is still being terrifying and wants to shake off Amelie’s power over the Morganville vamps.

Can Claire help Myrnin with his work? More importantly, does she really want to? Can Shane make up with Michael? And will Eve’s brother just go away or die or something similar?

Another enjoyable read. Very entertaining. I love the characters in these books. They have such distinct personalities. Claire has really grown in the last few novels, and it’s great seeing her with more confidence. I liked the storyline with Myrnin, creepy, sad and suspenseful all at once. I really get a sense of danger and suspense when I read these novels. After another juicy ending, I am really looking forward to the next book. I am sad because the rest of the series haven’t arrived in the post yet, and most likely won’t until next week sometime. I tried to read these first three slowly, but it’s kinda impossible, you just want to keep going.

Favourite lines/quotes:

-“Oh like you don’t throw a hissy every time somebody trips your angst switch!”
Eve Rosser

-“You could put a stake through my heart, and I would simply pull it out and be very annoyed with you for ruining my wardrobe.”
Amelie

-” Fine?! She looks amazing. I’m not half-gay, and I think she’s hot.”
Eve Rosser

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The Dead Girl’s Dance

This is a review of “The Dead Girl’s Dance” by Rachel Caine. It is book 2 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Glass Houses“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel. Do not read if you want to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

Shane’s father is in town. That’s not a good thing. He’s hell bent on hunting some vampires and doing some revenge killing as retribution for his dead daughter and wife. And he wants Shane to help him. Worse, Shane was the one who called him for help and invited him to town (they were in big trouble after all, read: “Glass Houses“). Shane’s dad has also decided that Michael is a vamp, and there is nothing Shane or the girls can say that will change his mind. Which is bad.

Eve’s also got some trouble. Her brother Jason has been released from jail. He was in there for stabbing a girl, and it was Eve’s eye witness account that put him there. He’s creepy and Eve wants nothing to do with him. Luckily for Eve, a couple of detectives have agreed to act as her and Claire’s escort to and from school. Eve’s landed herself a job at the university coffee place.

Claire’s going ok. She’s actually managing to make it to some of her classes, and there’s something developing between herself and Shane. She’s even been invited to an Epsilon Epsilon Kappa party, The Dead Girl’s Dance by a boy at uni. But Shane’s dad is really bad news and he’s dragged Shane into his troubles. A vampire has been found tortured and dead. The other vampires aren’t happy at all. It’s up to Claire and Eve to bail Shane out.

I enjoyed this novel, I think I liked “Glass Houses” a little more, but this book was good too. It was suspenseful, sad, touching and action packed. Again, I really enjoyed the excerpt from Eve’s diary. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and I am hoping the post is quick with my book parcels.

Favourite lines/quotes:
– “Your father’s an asshole. It’s not a disease. You don’t have to catch it.”
Michael Glass

-“Hell’s put in a skating rink, this is actually edible, Eve.”
Shane Collins

-“Did I miss a chapter? And are there Cliff’s Notes?”
Claire Danvers

-“How sweet. Romance isn’t dead. Oh, wait. It is.”
Eve Rosser

C: “All right. If I have to be a zombie, I’ll be a zombie.”
E: “Cutest zombie ever!”
Claire Danvers & Eve Rosser

-“I like these girls. I don’t like you. Do the maths. Consider yourselves subtracted.”
Sam

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Glass Houses

This is a review of “Glass Houses” by Rachel Caine. It is book 1 in the Morganville Vampires Series.

Claire Danvers is really smart. She’s made it to college at the age of 16 (and a half), but it’s not the school of her dreams. Not by a long shot. Claire really wants to go someplace like Caltech or MIT or Yale, but her parents won’t let her live that far away at her age. So she’s stuck in Morganville at Texas Prairie University (TPEeeew). And it’s horrible. Oh, the classes are fine, but her dorm life isn’t. She is the victim of Monica Morrell, bitch from hell. What she does to Claire seems like hazing, but after Claire makes her look dumb in front of others, Monica turns deadly. For real. After stealing her laundry, she pushes her down the stairs, leaving a badly injured Claire on her own.

Claire decides that she’s not safe on Campus anymore and calls around, looking for somewhere to live. And that’s how she finds the Glass House. She is tentatively accepted by the occupants (she’s underage and that’s a worry) but she soon settles in. There’s goth Eve, cute Shane and mysterious Michael. Eve lets Claire in on a secret. Morganville is run by vampires. Claire thinks Eve is loony at first. But then she meets a vampire, and he’s even creepier than Monica the psycho. It turns out that in order to live safely in Morganville you need Protection (and I’m not talking about condoms). Families have vampire patrons that offer them protection in return for blood. No-one in the Glass House has Protection anymore, though the house itself does.

Claire seems to have awful luck. As well as being on Monica’s bad side, she appears to have made the vampy shit-list too. Shane makes a deal to keep her safe (for now). But Claire can’t let him endanger himself like that, so she sets out to find something of value that may enable her to broker a deal. And it turns out that there is something that the vamps want. Badly. Can Claire find it and save Shane and herself? And what’s the go with Michael? He only ever seems to be around at night…

I really liked this book, and I am glad that I have the next one here to sink my teeth into immediately, as it ended on a cliffhanger. I enjoyed Eve’s diary at the end, where Eve summarises things and adds to the story with her own perspective.

Favourite lines/quotes:

“That’s kind of a leap, but the Russian judge gave you a nine point five for style, so OK.”
Eve Rosser

“Run first, mourn later.”
Shane Collins

“I’m currently between majors.”
Shane Collins

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The Indigo Spell

This is a review of “The Indigo Spell ” by Richelle Mead. It is the third novel in the Bloodlines Series. It follows on from “The Golden Lily“. The Bloodlines Series is a spin-off series from the very popular YA Vampire Academy Series.

As this book is a part of series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novels. Do not read if you want to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

Sydney’s still not very keen on using magic. But after employing spells to get herself out of a very sticky situation, she’s decided that she’s being a bit silly about it all. So when her teacher and magic mentor Ms. Terwilliger wakes her up in the middle of the night to enact a scrying spell, Sydney goes along. She also reveals that Sydney is most likely in a great deal of danger and needs protection. It seems there’s a wicked witch after young magic users, and Sydney fits her bill. Sydney promises to keep herself safe and to help Ms. Terwilliger stop her.

Sydney is also still reeling from Adrian’s revelation. He’s told her that he has feelings for her (read “The Golden Lily“). She doesn’t know how she feels about Adrian, but she knows they can’t be together. It’s frowned upon for Moroi and humans to be together, let alone a Moroi and an Alchemist. But Adrian’s not going anywhere, he’s told Sydney that he’ll just go on loving her until she reciprocates. Worse, it seems Sydney is going to have to spend a lot of time with Adrian. First at Sonya and Mikhail’s wedding. And then fulfilling her promise to Ms. Terwilliger. Adrian will go along with Sydney while she warns other young magic users to camouflage her with Spirit.

Sydney’s also found Marcus Finch. She’s located him through the use of the scrying spell shown to her by Ms. Terwilliger. It allows her to find someone she’s never met before. Their first meeting isn’t as smooth as Sydney was first hoping, but she finds out more about him and how and why he left the Alchemists. Does Sydney want to join him in leaving the Alchemists? And what will be the price if she does? Jill, Angeline and Eddie also have some issues they’ve got to sort out. There’s unrequited love/feelings everywhere there.

I really liked “The Indigo Spell”. It feels like Sydney has really grown as a person and as a character. This book was more about her, rather than being all about her doing things and solving problems for the others. I loved the dynamic between her and Adrian in this novel. It also ends on a pretty cool cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to the next novel, “The Fiery Heart” which (very awesomely) comes out this year too in November!

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The Golden Lily

This is a review of “The Golden Lily” by Richelle Mead. It is the second novel in the Bloodlines Series. It follows on from “Bloodlines“. The Bloodlines Series is a spin-off series from the very popular YA Vampire Academy Series.

As this book is a part of series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel. Do not read if you want to read this series in the future and do not want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

After solving the mystery of the strange enhancement tattoos, and after finding out who was behind the throat slitting attacks on Moroi adolescents (read “Bloodlines“), life is back to normal (well as normal as it gets) for Sydney Sage, Alchemist. She’s still posing as a student at Amberwood Prep in Palm Springs, as part of her assignment. She’s still “big sister” to vampire Jill Dragomir, and tasked with her protection. Jill is sister to the Moroi Queen Vasilia, and until an old law is revised, her life is in danger from Moroi dissenters. Along with Jill and Sydney, Eddie, Jill’s Dhampir Guardian and “brother” and Angeline another Dhampir protector and “cousin” also attend Amberwood. Adrian, another Moroi is posing as their older brother, and has to be close to Jill as she is shadow-bound to him (he brought her back to life using his vampiric abilities).

Sydney is actually enjoying her assignment and likes her fake family. However, she knows that as an Alchemist, she shouldn’t be getting so involved. It’s forbidden to be intimate and friendly with vampires, and being sent to a Re-education Facility is a very real possibility. But Sydney really likes her Moroi and Dhampir friends. The beliefs of the Alchemists seem more rigid and stiff to her than ever, but she’s finding it hard not to heed them. She enjoys attending boarding school (having been homeschooled her while life), and has even branched out, somewhat awkwardly, into the dating world. Her human boyfriend Brayden is nice, very smart and conversation with him is great, but Sydney’s not feeling any sparks. She’s left wondering if her social awkwardness extends to romantic relationships? Maybe they’re not for her? And Mrs Terwilliger (her history teacher) insists on Sydney studying texts on magic for her Research Project even though she knows Sydney has a large aversion.

Angeline is having trouble fitting in too. She’s a Dhampir from the wild Keeper community, and she’s not used to regular school life. Adrian too, is not having a great time. Being a rare Spirit user (Moroi have abilities linked to the elements) he’s been recruited into a research team, with the aim of uncovering why those who have been returned to their own selves after being Strigoi (evil, forcibly turned, undead vampires) through the use of Spirit cannot become Strigoi again (this was discovered in “Bloodlines“). They would love to discover the reason, as it would mean an immunity to becoming Strigoi could be implemented for Moroi, Dhampirs and humans alike. Adrian’s fine with the research goal, but not so much his research partner. Dimitri Belikov is a former Strigoi and kick-ass Dhampir Guardian. He’s also the current boyfriend of Rose (of Vampire Academy fame), Adrian’s ex-girlfriend. Also helping is Sonia Karp, former Strigoi and also a Moroi Spirit user. Eddie is helping out as their “baseline” Dhampir. They are examining the differences between Eddie and Dimitri. Eddie too is suffering from an unrequited crush on Jill. Awkward, as they’re posing as siblings.

Life is going on in a nice if slightly dysfunctional manner. The research is going a little slow but aside from some small issues, nothing much is out of the ordinary. Until one night when Sonia and Sydney are attacked by a group of humans. It seems Vampire Hunters do exist after all. Sydney and Adrian decide to take self defence classes and Sonia decides to stay indoors. Until one night when she leaves to talk to Sydney, and she is kidnapped. Can they find Sonia before it’s too late? And what will Sydney have to resort to, to get her back?

Can they maintain their cover? Sort out their relationships? Can Sydney break free of her Alchemist conditioning?

I liked this book. I bought it when it was first published, but did not read it until now. Partly because I had other series and books to read, but mostly because I wanted to be able to read the next book in the series immediately, which I can now do! I enjoyed seeing Sydney grow socially, and wrestle with her ingrained beliefs. Adrian was as entertaining as he always is, and Jill’s ‘little infatuation’ (cryptic I know) was quite funny. The Vampire a Hunters were interesting, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about Marcus Finch. With the way this book ended, I am pretty glad I waited to read it, as now I can get stuck in to “The Indigo Spell” right away.

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Saving Francesca

This is a review of “Saving Francesca” by Melina Marchetta. It is a YA novel, but was easily enjoyable to read as an adult.

Francesca Spinelli has just started at her new school, St Sebastian’s. her former school, an all girls school, doesn’t go up to the senior years. St Sebastian’s has only just started accepting girls. The former all boys school is undergoing their first year with senior female students. Francesca hates it. None of her friends from her previous school have come to St Sebastian’s. She’s stuck with the outcasts. Justine the music geek, Siobhan the ‘slutty’ one, and Tara the psycho feminist. Ugh. It’s like a nightmare. And there’s the boys. Wacky Jimmy Hailler, goofy Thomas Mackee and Will Trombal, who irks her like nobody else.

But school is the least of Francesca’s worries. Her mother Mia has just stopped getting out of bed in the mornings. She has stopped doing everything. She’s stopped being herself. Used to her mother’s enthusiasm and gusto, Francesca doesn’t know what to do.And it appears that neither does anyone else. Not her father, her little brother, other family or Mia’s friends. It’s very frightening, and without Mia, Francesca feels as though she is slowly losing her own identity. She doesn’t know who she is anymore.

Can she rescue her mother? Will life ever go back to the way it was, or will she be fearful forever?

This book really resonated with me.

Like phwoar.

I remember a friend of mine reading this book in high school, and wanting to read it then, but for some reason or other, I never did. I think it’s had more impact on me now, as an adult then it would have had then. I could completely relate to Francesca. My mother was never depressed like her mother Mia was, but boy was life busy. In my final year of school I was so overwhelmed (there were two new babies in our household, and we lived quite a distance from school) and reading the scenes of Francesca in Ms Quinn’s office was like delving into the Pensieve (HP reference there) and looking in on myself at the same age. So many things in this book touched me, and I could relate to so much. Francesca’s fear and complete uncertainty about the future or her own identity, her helplessness when it came to trying to help her mother, the love she held for her brother, and the mixture of feelings she had about her parents. There is one line she says at the end of the book that mirrored an epiphany I once had at around the age of 20, after being heartbroken and stressed and completely strung out. “I think it’s about time I saved myself”. For me it was a time of great fear, upheaval, taking myself away from the familiar and growing up. Really growing up. It was also a time of great change, enlightenment and empowerment. I recommend this book to any woman, but especially to young women.

Favourite lines/quotes:

-When I grow up, I’m going to be my mother.
Francesca Spinelli

-“I think it’s about time I saved myself”.
Francesca Spinelli

Do something that scares you everyday.
Motivational Message from Francesca’s Bathroom Mirror, put there by her mother Mia.

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Jilted

This is a review of “Jilted” by Rachael Johns.

I already mentioned in my review of “Man Drought” that I had been keen on reading some of Rachael Johns’ work. Imagine my delight when I discovered that the second book I had won in one of the many Australia Day book giveaways was also one of hers! I won a copy of “Jilted” when I entered Helene Young‘s Australia Day giveaway. Thank-you! I am very grateful!

Ellie Hughes is a star in a popular Australian soap. She lives in Sydney, and life for her is pretty good. But she’s had to return to her hometown in WA to look after her godmother Matilda who has injured herself in a fall. While Ellie doesn’t mind caring for Mat, Hope Junction is the last place she would like to be. Years before she left her husband-to-be literally, standing at the altar (well, outside the church). She had her reasons, but she’s never divulged them, not even to Mat. It’s her biggest secret. She’s sorry for what she’s done, but at the time, she couldn’t see another option for herself.

Flynn Quartermaine is the jilted aforementioned husband-to-be. He’s tried hard over the last decade to erase all reminders and thoughts of Ellie. He’s tried other relationships, but nothing seems to stick. She’s the one that ran away, and he’s never really gotten over it. He went off the rails in a big, bad way after Ellie left him, and he has never really understood why she left in the first place. But he loves his life on the family farm, and he loves his little sister Lucy and his mum. He’s the local farmer that everyone knows, and he’s perve material for the ladies. He’s definitely not thrilled about Ellie’s return to Hope Junction, but he may get some answers. Whether he really wants to hear them or not is another matter.

Can there be a future when the past is such a mess?

I enjoyed this novel. Probably even more than I enjoyed “Man Drought“. It was entertaining, a bit emotional, and intriguing to boot. I read it very quickly because it was easy to read and compelling. There were some laughs and some tears, and a bit of sympathy too. I could really relate to the heartbreak suffered by the characters, and the inexplicable but burning need for closure and answers. Having had a few heartbreaks myself, I felt for the characters. The really sad scene (I don’t want to be over-specific and spoil the novel for others) really resonated with me, as I had a very similar experience with my grandmother. I really enjoyed “Jilted” and I hope to read more of Rachael’s work in the future.

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Man Drought

This is a review of “Man Drought” by Rachael Johns.

I had wanted to read this book for a while. I was on the verge of purchasing it, when I actually won a copy in an Australia Day Giveaway hosted by Each Day A Gift. It was a wonderful prize to win, and I am very thankful.

Imogen Bates is a young woman who has decided to move to the small country town of Gibson’s Find. She’s decided to buy the local pub The Majestic and do it up. It’s her little dream, and she wants to fulfil it. She’s ready to move on with her life after the unexpected death of her husband Jamie. Her friends think she’s a little crazy, but they want more than anything to see her happy again. So Imogen begins her adventure.

Gibson’s Find is a small rural community in Western Australia. The Majestic is a popular place to be. But there’s a serious shortage of women in the area. There’s many a man who’d quite like to settle down. Imogen is a very welcome addition in their eyes. But Imogen, while not wanting to disclose her past, is not ready at all to move on romantically. Jamie was The One for her, and she’s not sure she can ever love another. Nor does she want anyone else’s pity. She wants to keep her history to herself for the time being.

The farmer wants a wife. (Well according to the Australian tv show on Channel Nine he does). But there’s one farmer who definitely does not want a wife. Gibson Black is a divorced farmer, who is quite bitter regarding women, and his ex-wife Serena in particular. He’s not too happy about the new publican. But his old grand-dad Charlie works as a Barman at The Majestic, and he’s promised his parents he’d keep an eye on him. He finds himself exposed to Imogen much more than he’s comfortable with.

Can Imogen breathe life back into The Majestic? Will her idea of hosting a “Man Drought” weekend bring women back to Gibson’s Find? Is she ready to move on in all areas of her life? Can Gibson get over his failed marriage? And why exactly did it fail in the first place?

I really liked “Man Drought”. I am not usually a big romance novel reader. But I had read a number of reviews of this book and some reviews of Rachael John’s other books, and I saw that she was ranked rather highly in Booktopia’s recent “Australia’s Favourite Author” poll, so I was keen to check out some of her work. I thought that “Man Drought” was quite realistic, especially as I live in a rural town, and an accurate representation of rural Australian life. I liked the different emotions that were explored, and thought that both Imogen’s and Gibson’s reactions to the new romance were very believable. I read this rather quickly, as it was an engaging read. I liked the birth scene, the character of Charlie, and while there were a few sad parts (Charlie’s Elsie story for one!) there were also some funny laugh-out-loud parts. Well worth a read.

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Thief of Time

This is a review of “Thief of Time” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 26th novel in The Discworld Series and the 5th novel in the Death Story Arc. It follows on, story-arc wise from “Hogfather” but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Jeremy is a strange man. He’s a whizz with clocks, and loves making them. Abandoned as a baby, he was raised by the Clockmaker’s Guild after being left upon their doorstep. He has no friends and doesn’t mind his own company. He is approached one morning by a rather different woman, a Lady LeJean, who wishes for Jeremy to make her a clock. A glass clock. The most accurate clock in the world…

The Auditors are, as ever, unimpressed with the state of the universe, and particularly the Discworld. Humans, they believe are too unpredictable and unorderly. They wish for time to stop, for then things will become more ordered and understandable. Little does Jeremy know, but Lady LeJean is an auditor disguised as a human woman. And the glass clock she wants made will stop time, effectively bringing about the Auditors wishes.

Susan Sto Helit is now a school teacher. Miss Susan is rather frightening, but she’s the best teacher around. Her classroom is amazing, and she brings a whole new meaning to the word “field-trip”. The Death of Rats pays a visit to her classroom, and Susan knows that most probably means she has to perform some occult duty or other.

Lobsang Ludd is a novice of the Monks of History. But he’s causing problems and his mentors just don’t know what to do with him. He’s smart but doesn’t pay attention, and he is always stealing things (but too quickly for comfort). He too is a foundling, first raised by the Guild of Thieves and then recruited by the Monks of History. They decide that he is to become the apprentice of the legendary Lu-Tze. It’s up to them to stop the clock from stopping time and destroying the world.

Death is trying to amass the other three horsemen for the apocalypse. But they’re not all that keen to ride out again. Apparently there used to be a fifth horsemen too, but he left before they were famous…

This book was funny, enlightening and very entertaining. Lu-Tze was humorous, Susan, as kick-ass as ever. I liked Lobsang and Lady LeJean. The auditors-as-humans were very entertaining. This book brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “death by chocolate”.

Favourite Quotes and Passages:

…the universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew … there is in truth, no past, only a memory of the past …Therefore, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.
-Terry Pratchett

Time waited for no man, they said.
Perhaps she’d waited for one, once.
-Terry Pratchett

Lu-Tze had long considered that everything happens for a reason, except possibly football.
-Terry Pratchett

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Hogfather

This is a review of “Hogfather” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 20th novel in The Discworld Series and the 4th novel in the Death Story Arc. It follows on, story-arc wise from “Soul Music” but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. It has also been made into a film by Sky One. Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather is so great. I loved it. Teatime was perfect and Susan was too. I mean Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary from Downton Abbey) as Susan Sto Helit? Perfection. Well worth a watch!

The Auditors are back. And they want the Hogfather (Santa Claus of the Discworld) dead. They only way to do this, they decide, is to purchase the services of the Guild of Assassins. The guild nominates the disturbing Mr. Teatime (pronounced Te-ah-Tim-eh) for the job. Mr Teatime is not like other people, and even the other assassins find him to be incredibly creepy. But how does one eliminate a mythical being?

Death has taken it upon himself to fill in for the Hogfather in his absence. So with the aid of a pixie-clad Albert, he’s commandeering the sleigh and delivering presents to children with a pillow stuffed up his shirt and a fake beard adorning his skull. He’s spreading Hogswatch cheer. But Death soon realises that although Hogswatch is renowned to be the jolliest time of year, bad (and sad) things still happen.

Susan, Death’s own grand-daughter is now a governess. She’s the bane of childhood terrors everywhere, from Bogey men to crack bears. But when she finds her grand-father moonlighting as the Hogfather, she knows something is up. So she resolves to figure it out. Along with the Death of Rats and Quoth the Raven, she sets out to put things right.

The Wizards of Unseen University have a dilemma of their own. It seems that for some unknown reason, mythical beings who shouldn’t really be, are. It is getting a little ridiculous. Anytime someone mentions a slightly plausible creature as explanation for say: missing socks, balding heads or additional verrucas, it pops into being. Reason: unknown.

Can the Hogfather be saved? What’s Teatime’s plan? What does Teatime and his band of villains want with the Tooth Fairy? How can a mythical being be murdered? What can Susan do to help? Why are things like the Verruca Gnome suddenly existing?

This book is highly humorous and well thought out. Teatime is so creepy. Death is loveable as always. Susan is my kind of girl. Strong, intelligent, bossy. If you’ve ever wished for a different ending to the story of the little match girl, or wanted to know why the Tooth Fairy exists, and why she takes your teeth and leaves you money, then this is the book for you.

And because I have secretly wanted to do this for some time (but not really known when to start) and because Pratchett is such a literary genius, I have decided to include some of my favourite quotes/sentences from this book.

“Don’t get afraid. Get angry”
Susan Sto Helit

There was always something that needed transferring from A to B or, of course, to the bottom of the C.
Terry Pratchett

“I don’t have many [friends]…On the other hand, I don’t seem to have any enemies at all. Not one. Isn’t that nice?”
Mr Teatime

MERE ACCUMULATION OF OBSERVATIONAL EVIDENCE IS NOT PROOF
Death

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