Tag: Dedication

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden | Review

Title: The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 276

Rating: 4*/5

 

Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

 

I read this book as a teenager. We had to read it for GCSE English and I’d completely forgotten about it until recently when I saw a few people talking about it on YouTube and decided to pick myself up another copy.

This is the point at which I admit that I haven’t re-read it in full since I read it as a kid, but I did flick through it to refamiliarise it with myself and the first thing that jumped out at me was the same thing that I really remember from it: the imagery. Of course, the story line itself is touching, heartwarming and occasionally even harrowing, but the main thing that I remember is Burnett’s stunning use of language and how it really brings the story to life.

I think that’s why it’s a classic. There’s something timeless about the story and the language that transcends time and makes it just as enjoyable now as it would have been back when it was first published. When we were reading it for school, I used to get in trouble for reading ahead of the class because they were far too slow for me. I think that says a lot.

All in all then, I have a lot of time for this book, and I’m hoping to carve out a window in my schedule in the future to give it a re-read. Sure, it takes a little dedication, but that’s a good thing. Commit yourself to it and fall right into the story.

 

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

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Bushra Satkhed – The Sender | Review

Title: The Sender

Author: Bushra Satkhed

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 208

Rating: 6/10

 

Bushra Satkhed - The Sender

Bushra Satkhed – The Sender

 

First off, let me preface this review by explaining that Bushra is only fifteen-years-old, and The Sender is the first book that she’s released. So yes, there were occasional typos and spelling mistakes, and perhaps the formatting could’ve been a little better, but I’ve read far worse from authors who are twice Bushra’s age.

Besides, it’s not a surprise to see mistakes – without a team of professional editors behind you, it’s difficult to release a book without any mistakes, and Bushra self-published. At the moment, she displays a hell of a lot of confidence, ability and dedication to writing, more so than some of my fellow students when I was a creative writing undergraduate back in the day.

The story-line shows a lot of thought, and I think it’d be particularly easy to relate to the characters if you were a teenage girl yourself – in fact, being a teenager, Bushra is able to write young adult fiction with the perspective of a young adult, a rare enough gift that gives her an extra edge if you’re in to reading up-and-coming authors. You never know, you might even be surprised!

 

Bushra Satkhed

Bushra Satkhed

 

Click here to buy The Sender.

 


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