ARC Review: Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood


Book cover for Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: October 11. 2016
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. Continue reading

ARC Review: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Anne Tyler


Book cover for Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Author: Anne Tyler
PublisherPenguin Random House
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around? Continue reading

Review: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel


Book cover for The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

I received a finished copy of this book for review from the publisher.

Title: The High Mountains of Portugal
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.
Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.
Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.
The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers an exploration of love and loss. Continue reading

Audiobook to Movie Review: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations. 


Book cover for The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint -Exupéry
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Cast: Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Marion Cotillard
Director: Mark Osborne
Screenplay: Irean Brignull and Robert Persichetti Jr.

Summary (from Goodreads): Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures. Continue reading

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Book cover for The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood.

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Heart Goes Last
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.  Continue reading