Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tinder by Sally Gardner...


Title- Tinder.
Author- Sally Gardner.
Publish date- 2013.
Publisher- Indigo.


Review time...

(A Brief) Synopsis:
A man is haunted by war, the presence of death, a bizzare chance meeting and a man who puts on a belt only to become a wolf, and yet he must continue on if he is to save the one he loves.


What I thought:
I was so excited to see a new novel by Sally Gardner in my local bookstore when I went in for a look around, especially after so recently having read and highly enjoyed "I, Coriander", and Tinder looked just like the perfect choice of a book to buy.

There is something very entrancing about Sally Gardner's work, something I recognise in both her books I've now read. They are vivid and come to life on the page so that you see the story passing as if from only a short distance away; they have an unsettling undertone that keeps you thinking and keeps the story going, and they don't shy away from harshness.

I have to say that, without the beautiful illustrations by David Roberts, which fit the book just perfectly and were, in fortunate addition, something I had been yearning for in a YA novel- pictures, glorious pictures!- without them the book wouldn't have made such a lasting impression on me.

I don't know if like would be the right word to describe how I feel about Tinder. I could certainly re-read it because the whole story is incredibly intriguing and the second time around I can only imagine the things I will see differently, but I wouldn't quite call it a favourite book. I'm glad to have my own copy, would be even if I disliked the story mightily because the illustrations, of which the book is ful, are just lovely.

Like I, Coriander, it's a story that lingers and makes you wonder exactly what would have happened next, because though it's not exactly an open ending, there's plenty for you to think about.

There were a few things I didn't like about the story- sometimes I felt that it was too inevitable, and the descriptions that come with a village terrorised by werewolves isn't exactly pleasant, but that's to be expected.

Rating: Excellent (but very peculiar).
I look forward to getting others opinions and reading it again in a year or two- lots of mention to the illustrations, which are exquisite- this will look lovely on my bookshelf.

27 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of Sally Gardner but her writing sounds so beautiful! Seems like a very interesting and unique book, especially with the illustrations. I'm curious!

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    1. Oh, well I'm thrilled that I was able to introduce you to her! She's a very well known author in the UK, I think, and well known here in Australia, too, though I'm not sure if she's as discovered in the US yet- I actually think you would really like a book by her called I, Coriander, which has a really dark fairytale setting-kind-of-thing.

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    2. That must be why I haven't heard of her! My co-blogger is usually trying to rec me some Aussie authors, I'm always willing to branch out. Ooh, I do really like retellings, and for some reason that title sounds super familiar but can't place it. Added it to my Goodreads to-read, thanks!

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    3. It's inspired by The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Anderson, and I think I read something about The Little Matchbox Girl, too, though I'm less certain about that. I'm thrilled to hear you added it, Alise! Please let me know what you think! xx

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  2. I haven't heard of Sally Gardner, but this sounds interesting. Yes, illustrations, let's have more illustrations is YA novels! Great review, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Oh, she's great! This novel is actually pretty similar, in character-style and feel, to one I read both when I was a child and in January this year, called I, Coriander. Her work, at least in these two cases, is pretty dark, but it's engrossing and mystical and wonderful, too.

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  3. I hadn't heard of this, but it looks interesting and the pictures sound awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed it and shared your thoughts about it! I like books that leave you with plenty to think about!

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    1. I couldn't agree more! When a book leaves you so full of thoughts, then that is fantastic. I mean, it's even pretty wonderful when you didn't like it and you can't stop thinking about it because something has just caught your imagination or attention and it sticks there, making you wonder. That's great.
      xx

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  4. I love when a book has pictures also added in. I don't know why but I do think it adds to the story. Maybe because pictures in books are so rare as we get older. I get so many books from the library now I miss just walking into a book store and being surprised and just buying a book without actually planning on reading it ahead of time.

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    1. So did I, which is why I actually ended up buying this. I wanted a book I hadn't heard of, knew hardly anything about, but just thought looked really wonderful. I don't know when I last did that, but it was so fun and this just called out to me, and it was such a great buy. I'm really happy to now own it.

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  5. I was going to say I had not heard of the author but when I checked Goodreads I have heard of her previous books. This one sounds good, but it's a shame you didn't quite fall in love with it as much as you'd hoped to!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. It's strange when you don't think you have heard of an author, then you look them up and you actually have- I think I've actually read another book by an author when I didn't think I'd ever heard of them before, which is slighly amusing. Another strange thing is that even though I didn't completely adore it, I would still read it again and take so much from it- it's such an unusual and perplexing book, and with every read I think you would take away something different.

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    1. Ella! Hi! *welcomes you to my blog, shows you around and hands you a handmade apple pie and florentine* Thank you so much for the huge compliment on my blog- I'm thrilled to hear you like it. That's just SO NICE of you.

      You are correct that I am 18- my birthday was in march! You're homeschooled too? Wow, that's a funny coincidence! How do you like it?

      I have done a lot of NaNoWriMo's! Three years running and two camp NaNo's. They're a lot of fun and I highly recommend you try it out this November! I'm sure you'll come out with a fantastic novel and a lot of enthusiasm for the wonderful thing that it is.

      Thank you- thanks to the amazing original idea by The Book Smugglers, I finally have a rating system I can actively work with. I had a lot of fun coming up with different reasonings and meanings behind my numbers. I look forward to seeing what you turn up with in the future.
      xx

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    2. Okay, SOMEHOW I managed to delete my first comment, and I'm not even sure HOW. I thought Blogger and I had started to become friends, but obviously not. >.<

      I love being homeschooled! I love the freedom of it, I love the learning aspect of it, and I especially love how much time I get to do things that I want (think: reading)!

      I am thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year, but...we'll see when we get to November... ;)

      Hehe, you can be sure that my Rating system is going to have a LOT of Alice in Wonderland elements ;)

      New follower!

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  7. I don't know anything about this book but I've seen the cover (I think Asti shared it on her Instagram) and I.need.to.have.it! And omg, it has illustrations!! Yessss.

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    1. I think you would absolutely ADORE this, Cayce. It's fairly dark and the illustrations are just breathtaking and I am absolutely certain you would really enjoy it. Please, please read it! (Illustrations in books are amazing- this one is packed full, which was what I was really wanting. It was such a chance that I found it in the bookstore!)

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  8. OMGOSH HEY ROMI!!!! I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU/READ YOUR POSTS IN SO LONG. TT ^ TT But school shucks like that and time management and being a piece of lard that I am--yup no motivation to do anything at all…not even reading…

    But pictures! I want to see the pictures! You should have taken pictures of it, but that's okay, you are just tempting us so we can read it. XD

    Anyways, it's always really nice to see your blog is still active. ^^

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    1. Delaney! So good to hear from you WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Well... you explain that, so... I'm sorry you've been so worn down and hope you feel a lot better soon and read lots of books and it's amazing. It's your summer break soon, isn't it? Hopefully that will give you a bit of a break.

      Absolutely tempting you to read it- it is totally up to you to check this book out and find out how amazing it is, all because you're so tempted and I didn't show you pictures. (A secret plan I only just came up with.)

      I look forward to seeing, hopefully, more posts from you in the future, Delaney! Thank you so much for coming and saying HI! xxx

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  9. Excellent review Romi, I love books with illustrations and words they just really bring the story to life.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeann! I absolutely agree- I was just so happy to find this, because I had been wanting pictures throughout a YA book for ages, and it just appeared. It was magical. xx

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  10. I do love books with illustrations! Check out A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness! It seems that I should be checking out Sally Gardner's books. I do like vivid descriptions in books. It makes me feel like I'm in the story, too ;)

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    1. I tried reading that about a year and a half ago, but for some reason the story just didn't click with me, unfortunately... maybe I'll have to get it out from the library again and see if my opinion will be different.
      Oh, I definitely recommend you read some of her work- if you want to be immersed in a story, this is definitely the way to go.xx

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  11. Ohh. Amazing review sweetie :) I'm glad you mostly loved this book :) I.. really hated it :( I wanted to love it, but I couldn't :\ Thank you for sharing. <3
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. Thank you, Carina! I'm sorry to hear you really didn't like it, though I can understand why that may've been. I'm so glad you commented and told me that!

      xx

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