Review: The Forestwife

The Forestwife by Theresa Tomlinson

Series: Forestwife Saga

Pages: 170

Genre: Fantasy, Childrens, Fairy Tales, Adventure

My Rating: 5/5

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“Deep in Sherwood Forest, there lives a community of outlaws. These heroic people have escaped the cruelty of medieval England’s lords and their unjust laws. The brave young Robert (alias Robin Hood) is one of these rebels; the Forestwife, a woman with magic healing powers, is another. Soon a fifteen-year-old orphan named Mary will flee into the forest to avoid the fearsome marriage her uncle has arranged for her. She will not be heard from again, but the legend of Maid Marian, the Green Lady of the woods, will have begun.”

My loverly friend and I have started sharing books with each other, which works especially well considering we’re both big into fantasy. Even Friendly Giant has told me about books I need to read, so be prepared!

The Forestwife was a lovely book, full of magic and intrigue. I have a wild imagination, so this really piqued my interest. As you can tell from what the back of the book says, it’s about a girl named Mary that runs off into the woods to escape a terrible marriage she wants no part in. Luckily, Agnes, a good friend, helps her in her journey.

Personally, while reading this book, I imagined everything, from the trees to the deer. When it talked about the Forestwife’s house, I imagined a very large oak tree with a door in the trunk filled with shelves upon shelves of herbs and healing potions… corners with burlap sacks full of grain… I’ve always been into learning about natural approaches and this basically is how I always wanted to be.

If you have a vivid imagination, it’s a wonderful read.

I didn’t even really grasp the romance. It wasn’t pronounced or ugly, it was just… there. Hell, I didn’t even mind the birth stuff… not that much anyway.

And the ending? Holy bajebus…

It’s always fun to share books from your past, and I’m really glad she shared this with me (onto the next one, right?!). I gave it a 5/5 because it dragged me into the world, and I actually liked the main character for once. Not only that, but this is the type of book I would’ve read when I was younger, and it was beautifully written, thus, appreciated even at 21.

Enjoy, and happy reading!

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Review: The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Pages: 365

Genre: Speculative fiction, Fantasy, Children’s Literature

My Rating: 5/5

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“Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a polot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…”

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In this classic tale, you’re transported away to Middle-earth to accompany Bilbo, Gandalf and the long list of dwarves, with Thorin being the leader, of course. Leaving the Shire, going through the Misty Mountains, through Rivendell, through Mirkwood, finding fun, and some not-so-fun, creatures, friends and enemies along the way.

This story follows Bilbo, a hobbit from the Shire who is rather peculiar. He has Took blood and despite it being downright odd for a hobbit to want any sort of adventure, Bilbo has something deep within him that makes him want to join in on the fun! Gandalf has made everyone believe that Bilbo is the best burglar around, which is somewhat true, as hobbits are light on their feet, fast, and silent.

As they make their way on their journey, they encounter orcs, trolls, goblins and wargs, giant spiders; wizards, elves, dwarves and shape-shifting (well, it’s actually texted as skin-changer) creatures.

As you go through this story, you really fall in love with all of the characters – yes, even Bombur that spends most of his time sleeping! Every character has something different to offer and you find yourself feeling their pain, their happiness, and understanding what they want and why they want it. One of the most popular characters, thanks to the Lord of the Rings movies, Gollum, is quite an interesting character. He is full of riddles, and I mean, what’s better than a slithery creature talking to itself?

Smaug the Magnificent, the dragon that guards the gold is one of the most exciting characters. He’s a sly, ill-tempered dragon (when have you ever seen a dragon without a bad temper?) with only one thing in mind – gold.

Beorn may be my favourite character – the skin-changer or shape-shifter. I’ve always had a thing for shape-shifters, I don’t know why. And before anyone gets all angry about how I didn’t include Radagast, I didn’t include this or that… they weren’t in the novel, not the published one anyway. Apparently there are footnotes and mentions of these other happenings and characters that never were in the novel and that’s how they came to be in the movie. Just. Saying.

I’m extremely stingy on who gets 5/5 stars but this was an amazing read. The first time I ever read it, I was 9 years old. I remember we were put into groups to read with. I was in the “highest level” with 3 other people; we were the smallest group. We read The Hobbit and I instantaneously fell in love, I read the book so quickly that I was done well before we were supposed to and it has remained my favourite book ever since. Something about it captivated me, my mind, my soul. This is a great read and I’m not just saying it because I’m biased. If you’re into fantasy novels and you haven’t read The Hobbit, pick it up! It’s a must read on any fantasy lover’s list, whether you’re 5 or 55! I have read this classic time and time again and it never gets old.

It’s difficult for me to sum up the awesomeness that is this book, but trust me, once you start, you’ll never want to put it down.

Enjoy and happy reading!

Oh, and don’t forget your second breakfast!

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