Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Synopsis: Young adult fantasy, the first in the Bartamaeus Trilogy, about a freedom-seeking genie ("djin" in the book) called up by a young boy wizard who wants revenge against other wizards who turn out to be more dangerous than suspected.
Analysis: Interesting and entertaining but I didn't like all the conjuring and demons. Magic in this series depends on one's ability to control the demonic (wizardry) and there a lots of demons. Medium-level YA fantasy.

The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens

Synopsis: A romance novel that investigates the lives of the owner and patrons of a Belfast tea shop. The good people live happily ever after and the bad people get exactly what they deserve and then move on with their lives and grow.
Analysis: Very satisfying and entertaining. The atmosphere is realistic drizzly Belfast, but still cozy and warm in the tea shop. Seems like most of the characters have affairs though, so I would be cautious in recommending it to others.