I am just going to put it out there right now that LJ Ross is a friend of mine but when it comes to book reviews this could be a double-edged sword! When purchasing her debut novel Holy Island I was suddenly faced with an awkward realisation – what if I hate it? Or (possibly even worse) what if it’s just all terribly average and I have absolutely nothing to say about it?
Oh my gosh. I loved it!
It was the perfect blend of mystery, characters and emotions. I loved the language, Ross had a brilliant way of using a select few words to convey something immeasurably powerful. Generally I am not a fan of descriptive scenery but just as Lucy Clarke does in her novels, Ross brings the Holy Island landscape to life, making the Island itself integral to the story and one of the lead characters in the book. I am now desperate to visit Holy Island! The characters were all so strong with different facets of their personalities coming through as the story unfolds.
In hindsight I don’t know what I was worried. I know that someone as awesome as LJ Ross was only going to write something awesome. I happen to know that she is working on her 2nd book at the moment, I am definitely going to be trying to steal a peek to see what’s coming next!!
5 out of 5 – a must read of 2015.
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