How is it halfway through January? It feels like Christmas was last week. I’ve been doing lots of reading this month, finishing 9 new books and re-reading a few of my old favourites. I’ve decided to start a reading journal, because I am getting pretty good at forgetting to post my reviews until aaaaages after I’ve finished a book. More on that later.
I read a few children’s books towards the end of last year, and this was one of my favourites. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. It’s a beautiful historical fantasy fairy tale, set in Wales during Queen Victoria’s reign.
The writing is wonderfully descriptive, the characters curmudgeonly and eccentric, and the magical elements are that: magical.
From the blurb:
Travelling to a new home with an unknown new family, orphan Seren Rees is shivering in a Victorian station waiting room, when she is given a mysterious newspaper parcel by a strange and frightened man, who then disappears. Reluctantly she takes it with her… But what is in the parcel? Who are the Family who must not be spoken of, and can the Crow help Seren find Tom, the boy who has been missing for a year and a day, before the owner of the parcel finds her?
I highly recommend this book, which should be read with a cosy blanket and some hot chocolate. Lots of hot chocolate.