Monday, 12 May 2014

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley.
Cuckoo Song
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. 'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late . . .

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Cuckoo Song(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley.)
11-year-old Triss is shocked when she awakes not really remembering much of who she is, or even who her family is. When her mother explains that she’s ill, Triss thinks that that is the answer, but other things are troubling her.
What happened to make Triss ill? Why are her dolls suddenly talking to her? And how does she get rid of this incessant hunger?

This was an interesting story, but it did drag in places.

I did like Triss, and I liked the way she fought to live. I also thought she was pretty good to her sister Pen, even when her situation was kind-of her fault!

The storyline was good, but it was also really long, and dragged in places. I did like the little twists we got, and the book did surprise me at points, but it probably didn’t need to be as long as it was. The story started out quite confusing, we finally got some answers, and then we had this long drawn out adventure while the girls tried to fix what was wrong, which was just too long for me. It’s really difficult to say much more about the storyline without dropping spoilers!
There wasn’t really any romance in this one at all as the main characters were 9 and 11.
The ending was good, and I was pleased that everybody got a happy ending. It did feel a long time coming though.
Overall; good story, but dragged in places,
6.75 out of 10.

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