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Susan Donnell - „Pocahontas” book review

After reading few horrors (including “Bonnie Winter” I reviewed last time) I was looking for a book in my favourite genre. Then I found a book „Pocahontas” on my grandma’s shelf. Obviously as most of the people that have seen this novel’s title or read a book reviews my first thought was that „Pocahontas” is just a written version of famous Disney story we all watched years ago. Although it is not a huge difference, a book was definitely written for adults. It is not a childhood story we all remember even though story plot is very similar.
The story of this Indian princess has inspired many authors over the years but Susan Donnell were the first author that had described legend of Pocahontas in a beautiful way, way full of love and sacrifice.

We meet Pocahontas when she was 13 years old. She was described as a very mature for her age. Reading the story we get to witness her path into adulthood.
She meets an English traveller John Smith. A man she falls deep in love with.
Susan writes in an interesting, colourful way the love affair of the main character and John. In some moments the story is touching, in others scary and tense. In my opinion it deserves its’ good rating. The deeper we get into this book the story becomes swifter and encourages us to further reading.
There was a presence of romance, as well as historical facts, which were quoted in a really light and friendly way.
The end is not a huge surprise (to those who watched Disney’s version) - Pocahontas resigns from the love of her life to stay with her husband (that she meets later on) and their son Thomas. How great her sacrifice is? How hard it was for main character to make such a decision and how sad the ending was for us readers… you will know once you decide to reach for this book.

Basically this book is a journey through Pocahontas life, from the moment she is 13 living among her people somewhere in today’s Virginia until her death in England.

Pocahontas” reads like a good adventure book. There are some bloody Indian rituals, forbidden romance, discovering the New World, making new friendships and starting new wars.

As I have been through many book reviews I found Pocahontas to be one of the best books I have ever reached for. After all, romances are my favourite genre and I always reach for the books recommended by other book lovers.I do trust their judgment so don’t hesitate and discover Pocahontas story all by yourself! I guarantee you will not regret it. Enjoy!

Graham Masterton - „Bonnie Winter” / "Trauma" book review

The book “Bonnie Winter” also known as “Trauma” I borrowed from my old friend who loved dark, psychological novels. At first I thought that this is not the right book for me as horror genre was never my favourite. Until, yes until I read first few pages of “Bonnie Winter”. I was completely amazed by the way Graham writes stories.
It was entertaining, full of dramatic tension and very realistic dialogues. I simply loved it.  This is one of the best and certainly the most ambitious novels in his literary career, so different from the bloody horrors that Masterton has become accustomed to.

Bonnie Winter is a middle age woman who admirably supports her unemployed husband and teenage son - by having two jobs.  One of those jobs is rather unusual; she runs a company that cleans the crime scenes. The stench of rotting blood, the pieces of the brain scattered on the walls, the pervasive flies and the vermin boiling under the floor, the horror of the place - it was the everyday bread, the daily life that has stopped making an impression on her.
One day something strange, characteristic caterpillar in subsequent crime scenes catches Bonnie’s attention. A caterpillar she has never seen before. Her friend who is the entomologist states that this caterpillars grows into Clouded Apollos—large butterflies with white, black-veined wings and that it occurs only in certain regions of Mexico, which has a very bad reputation in folklore. Bonnie combines the presence of this insect with violent and extremely tragic murders, but the police do not take her suspicions seriously. Then the woman decides to solve this puzzle herself.

Bonnie Winter” turned out to be one of the best books I have ever read as it is closer to the psychological thriller than to the bloody, less sophisticated horror that Graham Masterton used to write. This time, Masterton is surprises us by flair, finesse and ambiguity. He suggests a possible solutions, leaving readers in the sphere of a disturbing guesses. I find it as a great advantage that will be appreciated by every horror lover.
I liked the psychological game that author plays with his readers. The game has been enriched by his favourite supernatural motives – those motives do not dominate the storyline, they do play more of marginal role- they add spice and thrill.

I am delighted with Graham Masterton in such an edition and with a clear conscience I recommend "Bonnie Winter" not only to his fans but also to those readers who are looking for terror in the purest way.


Dorothy Koomson - “The woman he loved before” book review

The first novel I read written by this author was “The Ice Cream Girls” a couple of years back. It was a very good read. I enjoyed it so I went back to the book that made Dorothy famous “My best friend’s girl” and that was the book that made me fall in love with her work. I find Dorothy Koomson as a very talented author at getting the heart of the novel and writing stories no one can copy. As I was thrilled by her work I reached for a book “The woman he loved before”. The book was released in 2011 and got a lot of positive reviews. I cannot argue with this as I have also enjoyed reading it. After all love stories are one of my favourites. Libby’s life seems perfect. She has a handsome husband, lives in a beautiful house and as it seems she has everything that is needed to be happy. Then she starts to think if she is truly loved by her husband. She suspects that Jack has not forgot his first, perfect wife Eve that suddenly died. I find it very hard to review this novel without spoiling it. The book starts with the prologue of Jack and Eve’s marriage. It is about their love and Eve’s life choices that I personally don’t agree with. Although it was needed so readers can understand Jack’s position and his relationship with his deceased first wife. As we read more we get to know more about Eve, Jack and finally about Libby’s marriage and her struggles. We get to see all of their life together and separately which gives us a perfect base to understand them. At first I thought Jack is being a bad character for not loving Libby the way he loved Eve, but after reading this novel I came understand that it is not Jack’s fault that he loved his first wife the way he did. And somehow in his own way I think he was in love with Libby too. Novel was written from all three characters’ perspective. Libby’s part was the longest, however Eve’s part of the book was truly amazing and gave a book its bone back. It felt like it all began and ended with Eve. Although her choices made me feel strange. I couldn’t associate with them and found it hard to understand even though I knew what she has been through. As all of us readers I felt sorry for Libby being a second best, someone who would never be where she is now if Eve was still alive. I was sad that she could never get Jack’s heart even though she loved him truly. And I don’t blame her for being so pushy and trying to know everything there was to know about her husband’s first wife. Who wouldn’t want to know? Once you live in someone else’s shadow you would want to know the reason even if it hurts and breaks your heart. Jack’s part of the book was short however it showed that he was not as bad a person as I thought he was when I heard of the book and went through some reviews. I found all the characters fascinating and the novel’s plot was a masterpiece. “The Woman He loved before” was an excellent book and I enjoyed every moment reading it. And what I was very surprised about was the ending. It was much unexpected which made this book even better. I was trying to find a things I didn’t like about this book and I couldn’t see a single reason not to like it. Dorothy is a master story teller and her books, all of them are definitely must-read!