I had been meaning to read and review this book and life got a bit out of control. But to every author whose books I got in exchange for a review, don’t worry. I never forget and I will review all of them, even if it takes a while.
“Clemmie’s War” was written by Rosie Boyes a Sci-fi/fantasy book that immediately got my attention as soon as I read the blurb. Even though it took me a while to be able to read and review this book, I’m so glad I did read it.
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and before I give you the review, here is the blurb to pick your interest:
How did ten-year-old Clemmie Beaumont die? That was the question on everyone’s lips when Clemmie woke with amnesia at Chalk House, an enchanting home for dead children. However, her arrival set off a chain of events which threatened the lives of the people and creatures she met. So, when her memory returned, she hatched a plan to wage war on those who killed her. Yet, one thing stopped her. Time itself. Follow Clemmie as she travelled seventy-five years in the past to stop a time-rift. Did she summon the courage to face her nemesis? And most importantly, did she make it back home in time for lunch? Only time, and toffees, will tell.
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By reading the blurb you know that “Clemmie’s War” is about a ten-year-old girl named Clemmie Beaumont, who wakes up in a place called Chalk House, that seems to be a home for dead children. So as you beginning to read you already know it’s going to be a interesting take on the afterlife concept. But it’s not only about that. This book has adventure, mystery and fantasy.
I have seen people say that this book is similar to “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children“, and I can see why people would see that. Both books have children living in house and having a caretaker that keeps them safe; and both books are fantasy and adventure books, but they have different tones and the way the plot is develop, the flow of the storyline, has a different feel to it, beside the way each parallel world works is completely amazing and unique in each book. Nevertheless, both books are intriguing and different in their own way.
Rosie’s take on the afterlife and the warms of the characters in the Chalk House, and the interesting way the story goes from Clemmie’s arrival to each “WOW” and “NO WAY” moments, as well as every mystery and action scene, and even the character interactions, it all made sense and keep me glued to the screen. Although I would love to read more and know more.
It was a cute story with many twists and turns that kept it fresh, and as we get more revelations about how Heartease and the characters operate in this parallel world, the more I got curious.
Plus… have you seen the cover? Even the cover is different. It almost look like it’s a diary that was plain black and Clemmie drew on the cover to give it this warm and feminine feel to it. It’s like even though it’s about the afterlife, it doesn’t mean it can’t be uplifting in the end.
So if you want to read a different take on the afterlife and time traveling, you should definitely check out this book.
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