Tuesday 8 January 2019

#TheShaniaEdit - Mini Reviews : Izzy + Tristan By Shannon Dunlap and The Doll Maker By Nina Allan

Hey lovelies!

Time for another Mini Review. Also notice the change in font? I find this one easier to read and the perfect size! I was not able to get this post up yesterday. Another post may be up later today (99.9% Sure) featuring my January TBR and announcing reviews to come. 

Today's picks are Izzy + Tristan By Shannon Dunlap (Publishing on 7th March) and The Dollmaker By Nina Allan (Publishing on 4th April).

So without further ado, let's get into the books!

Izzy + Tristan By Shannon Dunlap - Hachette Kids 

Grab your copy here!

About the book: Sixteen-year-old Izzy, a bright aspiring doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighbourhood.
And then she meets Tristan.
Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus, who has watched out for him over the years. When he and Izzy meet one fateful night, together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself.
My Thoughts: 
Rating: 4 / 5 STARS
Izzy + Tristan was thoroughly enjoyable, I read it in one sitting!  Izzy + Tristan is a contemporary retelling of Iseult and Tristan. I LOVED Shannon Dunlap's writing, it was emotive,compelling and the characters were well developed. The romance was sweet and passionate while the ending was heartbreaking, impactful and totally unexpected! Although this was a great read, it did feel like an average Wattpad story, it's really nothing new (not fully in terms of the story but with certain elements added to it as well.) The plot was lacking and could have been better. There were quite a few cliché moments but they were cute and worked for the story. Izzy + Tristan had a lot of potential but sadly fell short for me. There were parts in the book where I feel like it was rushed. Nonetheless, Izzy + Tristan is a great book, I do recommend it. It was definitely a light and enjoyable read!

The Dollmaker By Nina Allan - Quercus Books
Grab your copy here!
About the book: Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine.
Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her. On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin - potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice - to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life. 
My Thoughts:
Rating: 3.5 / 5 STARS
The Dollmaker is well and beautifully written. It is a unique, bizarre and atmospheric story. The writing was slightly whimsical. The first half of the book was engaging, weird and creepy. After that, I found that I quickly lost interest in the story. The Dollmaker is a clever and quirky read but just not for me. 

That's it for today. Let me know your thoughts!
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