12 September 2016

Off the Page - Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer


I really enjoyed this book. It is actually a sequel but I heard of this one first and for some reason the
first didn't appeal to me as much. It states that this can be read as a standalone and it totally works as one, though I do wonder how different the experience would have been if I read 'Between the Lines' first. I tend to enjoy revisiting the lives of characters in books I loved so it might have made this even better, but somehow I still don't have any urge to read the first book. I might (probably will) do in the future but for now I am in no rush.


Setting the scene, Delilah is in love with Oliver, a character in a fairy tale she read. Somehow, together they manage to get him out of the book and into her world. Happy ever after? Not quite and that is where this story picks up. Between trying to convince the rest of the world that this is how things should be, and the book trying to put things back to how they were, Delilah and Oliver have a tough time ahead of them. But for anyone worried about the lovebirds - spoiler alert - there are plenty of happy endings.

Interspersed between the chapters are pages written from someone else's perspective, and this adds another hint of mystery. This is not resolved till the end, but is very satisfying and doesn't interrupt the story line.

A pretty obvious cocktail choice (and one I discovered around the time I was reading the book) is the Fairy Tale cocktail by the Martini Diva. You can find all the details here:

http://themartinidiva.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/twisted-fairytale-cocktail-for-once.html


Doesn't it sound magical? Martini Diva has tons of amazing and unusual cocktails, a great inspiration when I've had some excess ingredients and didn't know what to do with them.

2 comments:

  1. I keep seeing this book at the library but have never had the impulse to pick it up. However after reading your review I think I will give it a try. I like this kind of premise in a book and I might even read the first one first! :p The cocktail recipes at the end of your review are a great idea.

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