Sunday, January 1, 2012

Review: The Haunting of Charity Delafield - Ian Beck

The Haunting of Charity Delafield

3/5 Stars

I was very kindly given this book to read as part of a blog tour a while ago. It took me a while to get around to reading the book, and to be honest I knew it was aimed to more younger readers so I wasn't expecting much from it. Though I was pleasantly surprised when I finished it.

The book follows Charity, who has spent all of her young life locked away at home. She has never been outside of the gates in her garden and has never known her mother. Curiosity soon gets the better of her though and she goes exploring in her huge home and starts to uncover some strange objects that may be linked to her mother.

Charity has also been told that she suffers from a strange illness, and never to over exert herself. Although she has never been told the exact nature of her supposed illness. 

After befriending a local chimney sweep boy who comes to the house one day, Charity is determined to get outside and see what the world has to offer. She also wants to discover the truth about herself and her strange illness that her father refuses to talk about.

The writing in the book is simple and easy to get through, like I said it is aimed at a younger audience than what I usually read. To me that fact made the book seem quicker to get through and completely immersed me into Charity's world. I did like the fairy element to the book, that is something I never really saw coming.

Overall it was a light and quick read and I did enjoy it.

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