Thursday, February 03, 2011

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 135
Series : #2 Green
Format : Teenage Fiction, Fairy Tale
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

Green returns and the story continues from where Green Angel left off. Green is still making paper and is collecting the stories of the surviving townspeople on paper that seems appropriate. She is looking for her lost love as well as Heather who also went missing and she goes to seek those five women labelled as witches who may be able to help her. These include the water witch and the sky witch. She finds they have a lot of wisdom to share and she comes a step closer to those she seeks at each turn. We learn more about what happened to the town and why and uncover more secrets along the way.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, even more so than the first book. It's short, but reads like poetry despite being written as prose. I would love to get a copy of this as an audiobook as it sounds wonderful when read out loud. I will definitely be revisiting Green and her world in both tales again soon and I can't praise this highly enough.

Series :

1. Green Angel
2. Green Witch

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 225
Format : Fiction Anthology
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

A series of short stories by the wonderful Alice Hoffman all set in or around the same isolated house. It is originally build by a husband for his wife and two sones. They plan on starting a farm and a garden when he is lost at sea along with their two young children. The youngest son's pet blackbird who refused to fly escapes and makes it back home, but has turned white during the ordeal.

The house is not the only consistent aspect in the tales as the house passes through families and generations. A ghostly white blackbird is often seen and there are themes of love and loss. Sadly many of the characters become orphans or lose their children.

They are all beautiful and moving tales. One that really stayed with me was of a woman who loses her parents and home in a fire. She takes to living on the beach until some of the local women interfere and place her with the crippled blacksmith to keep his house. As time goes by she learns to trust and opens her heart again. She is gifted with a peach tree which is another constant in the tales that follow. Very highly recommended to anyone who likes great prose with a fairy tale lilt to it.