A brief history of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper has been on my radar for a while and I had the chance to read it this weekend. I ended up reading the book from cover to cover, a luxury for me and a testament to Cooper’s storytelling skills.
The book is the diary format of 16 year old Sophie FitzOsborne who charts the adventures of her life on an island claimed by her ancestors thousands of years before. The book is divine and features all the archetypes that we love, an eccentric family living in a crumbling castle, a supernatural element, romance and intrigue, madness and ghosts.
It’s a gothic tale of suspense and gives a nod to the Bronte’s in atmosphere and brooding. The best part it’s the first in a trilogy and I’ll be following up with the other books.
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Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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