Title: The Impossible Fairy Tale
Author: Han Yujoo, Janet Hong (translator)
Published: 2017
Language: English (translated from Korean)
Pages: 214
Rating: 3/5

This is an eerie, unpredictable and original story about two grade-school girls and the odd society at their school.

This book was next level strange.

I'm a little unsure what to say about this book and I don't know if I fully understand it. It's separated into two parts and I really liked the first one, but I felt it went a bit over the edge in the second part. The book is as much about how to tell a story and the use of language than the actual story, which is quite an interesting thing to read, but it gets a bit much in certain parts in my opinion.

It's a very mysterious and experimental book and I'm not really sure how I feel about it quite yet. It was an interesting read though and one I've thought quite a lot about since I finished it, but it needs a bit more time to simmer, I think. It might even need a reread.

It's a weird book and it's a bit all over the place, but it does have a certain beauty to it. Odd though, really odd.
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Title: The Essex Serpent
Author: Sarah Perry
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 416
Rating: 4/5

Set in Victorian England in an Essex village that is engulfed in rumours of a mythical creature roaming the sea, this is a story that centres around two people who fall for each other, but not in the conventional way.

One of the most loved books I'd heard of from last year, I had sky high expectations for this book.

And it was a very good book indeed. It explores the balance between science and superstition, as well as friendship and romantic love, and it does this beautifully. It's wildly atmospheric, slightly creepy in parts and wonderfully eerie, as well as having a certain warmth to it.

The writing is astounding. It's beautiful, it sets the scenes vividly and you truly feel transported back in time in all ways; not just with the setting, but with the people and the themes as well. It's all very well crafted. And the characters! They're superbly conceived, fully fleshed out and I found most of them fascinating to read about. It's an exciting book as well, though I will admit some of the subplots struggled to keep my attention through the entire book.

I do think my expectations were slightly too high though and without being able to pinpoint what's missing, it's not a new favorite. It's up there though, with the better books I've read and it really is a must read if you like historical fiction.
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