The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

An older couple Jack and Mabel move to a homestead in 1920’s Alaska to find a better quality of life. Mabel quietly longs for the child she lost years before and prefers the isolation of their cabin, rather than socialising at first.

On a rather unusual evening they have fun throwing snowballs and building a snow girl together. After that, each catch a glimpse through the trees of a little girl with a fox.

This is a wonderful book about how people come into each other’s lives, sometimes at the perfect moment. Ivey’s vivid descriptions of the bleak, yet awesome Alaskan countryside and the hard work it takes to survive in this environment really drew me in.

****SPOILER ALERT****

In the entire book there is only a very short and vague sentence which actually ties fact and fairytale together; when Mabel says that Faina surely would have died in the cold had we not built our snow girl at that very same moment, and now Faina is here with us.

The best I have been able to decide is that she is a human who was about to die but through the couples wish to have a child, she was saved and bestowed by nature with powers to thrive in the freezing weather and to control it but also a kind of curse relating to it as well.

Rating 4/5

Chrissie

Would You Rather…?

I came across this idea on My Blog Is My Boyfriend and asked to join in as I don’t get to ponder over books with people very often. I never seem to be reading the same one as my mates and I tend to read fairly slowly so my reading list is rather out of date! So please feel free to comment and join in yourself.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

I’d have to say standalones because trilogies can take a while to get going sometimes where as I enjoy the pacing of single novels. Plus if there is a character in there that is really annoying it’s just too frustrating reading about them yet again.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This is difficult to answer as writers have pen names which don’t necessarily match wether they are male or female and anyway, if they are a great writer it wouldn’t matter to me!

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Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Ok I’m going to replace Barnes & Noble with Waterstones seeing I’m in the UK. I’d much rather keep physical book shops on the high street so Waterstones, as sadly most of the little independent book shops have gone out of business in Manchester.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

If it were small-medium books then a film but bigger books would have to be a series to do them justice such as Game of Thrones. I’m picking TV series for bigger books so I don’t have to wait for the next film in the series to come out.

Would you rather read only five pages per day or five books per week?

Five pages per day. I simply couldn’t imaging managing to read five books a week even though I actually have the time!

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Reviewer. I couldn’t bear having to be creative with a deadline hanging over my head. I can only come up with interesting characters and snappy dialogue but I’m useless at plots. I really like reviewing books so watch out for more reviews in the future.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I would love to work in a comic book/graphic novel shop like Forbidden Planet. That’s the dream!

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

If I think of the fantasy genre as being incredibly varied i.e. The Night Circus and Little Big and not just about dragons and kingdoms etc. then I would have to say my favourite genre of fantasy, as reading a genre that didn’t interest me would be pure hell.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books because I don’t need to drag them around with me but if I commuted everyday my answer might be different.

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Here are the six blogs I’m nominating – it’s usually five but I didn’t know how to choose!

Super Space Chick

A few of My Favourite Things

Suzie81 Speaks

Booklexia

Mermaid Kisses

Teachez Well

To my nominees, please don’t feel any pressure to participate, I don’t mind at all if you choose not to.

Chrissie xx