Mother/Daughter Bookswap 5

After eight months absence, due to my inability to deal with the mangled blog, the Mother/Daughter Bookswap is back.

We are HOPELESSLY behind, in 2015 we managed to get halfway through our list. So we’ll just have to make sure in 2016 we do the other half. In the meantime, here’s a report on where we had reached by the end of last summer.

Bookswap five took a distinctly Victorian turn, following in our usual habit of somehow finding links between the books. My book for Beth was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, hers for me was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

Great Expectations

This is what I said:  You’ve seen the TV version so the story will be familiar. Young Pip growing up in Kent comes across the mysterious Miss Havisham and her proud protégée, Estella. When Pip finds he has an unknown benefactor, he believes Miss Havisham is responsible, but is she? A wonderful study of pride, anger and resentment with a flourish of the Gothic. B++

This is what Beth said: It was severely dull. I’m sure if I’d have got into it, it would interest me. I did like the BBC adaptation, but it was too dense.

So, TOTAL disaster then; and a chance for Chris (who hates Dickens) to be totally smug that one of his offspring appears to have followed suit. I will not give up the dream of enticing Beth to love one of my favourite authors and hoping it was just the wrong time. I’ll make a Dickens fan of her yet…

Clockwork Angel

This is what Beth said: The story of a young girl who discovers she has special abilities set in nineteenth century London. Featuring werewolves, vampires, warlocks, demons and several dashing young men. B+

This is what I said: This was OK. I liked Tessa, the heroine, a lot, and the opening sections where she is being imprisoned by the Dark Sisters and forced to transform into other people was very powerful. But after she is rescued by the Shadowhunters who fight demons like the Dark Sisters,  it just began to get more and more overcomplicated. There were a lot of interesting ideas but it went on a tad and suffered like much YA from having too much padding. Still it had a good denouement with an unexpected betrayal, and an intriguing ending setting up book two nicely. Could have done without the stupid love triangle, but apparently that’s all too common in YA too.

Our 6th books were Raven’s Gate by Antony Horowitz for me and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for Beth. I’ll post those tomorrow.

In case you missed it, here’s an explanation for the Mother/Daughter Bookswap and if you’d like to catch up on our previous discussions you can find them here: January  February March April

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