[Book Review] The Binding by Bridget Collins

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The Binding is a haunting story about young Emmett Farmer who is chosen to learn the craft of book binding. Except in this world, book binding is not what we know, and is a kind of magic that takes people’s memories and stores them in a book.

Bridget Collins writes eloquently, and draws the reader in from the first moment. Emmett’s sickness, being chosen, De Havilland. Darney. So much is mentioned and written about, yet leaves the reader waiting for more.

Personally, I was hooked and found it hard to put down. I’m finding it hard to describe the feeling of finishing the book, because I was desperate for the story to never end. I wanted to know more about Emmett, about Lucian Darney and everything that would come to pass.

One thing I wished Collins had delved into more was the Crusades, and have found myself wishing for perhaps a prequel where we perhaps get to see Seredith during the Crusades.

Overall, I loved The Binding, it was what I’d hoped it would be and so much more. The book has much to offer and Bridget Collins does not let the reader down. It is a book I would definitely recommend and hope to see grow further.

[Book Discussion] Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman details the lives of two sisters as they grow up, from living with their aunts to finding their own lives.

Personally, I enjoyed the novel, it was light and entertaining. It wasn’t entirely what I expected it to be from the description, but was enjoyable.

I liked how the novel played with the ideas of love, betrayal and magic. The novel was really ambiguous in its use of ‘magic’. I felt like I was constantly questioning whether their magic was real, or whether it was just truly bad luck that kept bringing all these misfortunes on these women.

The writing style of the novel was fairly simplistic for the most part, but there was certain parts that stood out. It was written like a storyteller, you were getting all the information from some omniscient narrator who always knew just a little more than the reader and the characters in the novel. Perhaps in a more metaphorical sense, this was the magic speaking.

Hoffman knows how to write about love, or perhaps, knows how to make use of the feelings of love, as this is perhaps the biggest theme of the novel. Love centred everything, love between sisters, love between family and finally love between partners. Hoffman described the frustrations of love between family, and the scorching love between partners. At first it was sightly off putting, but in the end, I did kind of enjoy the overdramatic descriptions of love, particularly between Gillian and Ben Frye.

Overall, I would recommend it to someone, but perhaps only for someone looking for something within a certain genre.

What did you think of Practical Magic? Let me know!