Great reviews for Sea Hearts/Brides!
They've been pouring in, these reviews! Perhaps my favourite is
- this one, which looks at the novel's feminism:
It goes without saying that I want to see defiant, empowered, happy and successful women represented in fiction. But making it all about individuals overcoming society’s sexism can draw attention away from the fact that the system needs to change. This is why I also want scarred Misskaellas and passive sea-wives in my feminist fiction...
- Over at Furious Vaginas, Krissy Kneen calls it "an assured novel told by a writer at the top of her game". :)
- Tracy at a blogload of books says,
The prose is mesmerising and seductive, the plot is gripping, the setting claustrophobic. I cried through much of this novel. ...If I had had this novel when I was thirteen or fourteen, it would be one of those which would have defined and shaped my reading life. With plenty to say about gender, about what it means to be a woman, I hope Sea Hearts finds itself in the hands of many young women.
- I am a Hot Read over at Sugarscape!
- Then there's
- Angela Meyer on her blog ("...addictive...mix of delight, dread and yearning...moments of pure joy...plenty of drama... By the end the reader feels quite haunted")
- Marcus Sedgwick in the Guardian ("writing of the highest order: subtle, powerful, poetic"),
- Amanda Craig for The Times ("fierce, dazzling prose") and
- Jennifer Moran in my own local, the Sydney Morning Herald, adorned with the most spectacular abomination of a selkie ever drawn, by Rocco Fazzari. Well, she's eye-catching, you've got to give her that.