|btw, this cover is amazing, isn't it?|
This book is a magical realism/mystery by Australian author Ashley Capes. You can purchase it through the link below.
The Fairy Wren
This is one of the few recent books I have that I consider truly excellent. It's poetic and wistful and drives you forward without losing its heart. Seriously, I loved this book, and I'm picky. Really, really picky. You don't see how picky I am because if I don't like a book I just STOP reading it and never bother to review, but this one, dang, makes me wish there was an extra star to add in or something.
The writing is extremely poetic and filled with these little Easter eggs referencing authors and books, art, and music that have insane nostalgia factors and create this seamless mood without going into long descriptions. There was a point in the book where the character seemed to be digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole that I sort of wanted to pluck him out of the story and rescue him, but for the most part the ill luck was just that, not character stupidity, and I was still rooting for him.
I teared up a little at the end too.
For more conservative readers or in case my mother sees this review and tries to buy the book for my pre-teen sister, there is some off screen violence and strong language scattered about. The book never feels "dark" to me even when it delves into more serious topics, I think because there is an idea of hope and magic behind it all.
Anyway, this is just a bravo moment for me. This is probably the best book I've read this year.