My Thoughts on... The Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Pearl in the Ice and I am here today with a review of this charming book.
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: The Pearl in the Ice Publisher: Chicken House Books Published: 7th November 2019 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: Marina’s father, a naval captain, has been away for most of her life – certainly since her mother died – and yet Marina feels the pull of an ocean she’s never known. When sent to boarding school to learn to be a lady, Marina decides instead to stow away on her father’s ship. A perilous voyage awaits – but where are they sailing to and why, and what has it to do with the dark shape in the deep that seemsto be following them?
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was one that I wanted to give a read and I’m really glad that I did. From the first few pages, I knew that this was going to be a book that I was going to enjoy. It is a book that took me on an actual journey and whenever I wasn’t reading it, I could not stop thinking about it. It’s full of imagination, adventure and a little sprinkling of magic as well – just what I love in a book.
In it, Marina goes against her father’s wishes and instead of going to school, she jumps on to her father’s boat and ends up sailing with him to the far north. On her journey, you learn about the war that is happening, her relationship with her father and how she craves to be a woman with an occupation – which is rather unheard of during the year that this book is set. It is her determination and passion that really stole my heart for this girl. She’s a fiesty character and just wants people to understand that she is more than the eye can see.
I absolutely loved reading along with her journey and I loved that there was something going on underneath it all. You could feel that something wasn’t quite what it seemed but you couldn’t quite work out what it was – especially as the story is told from Marina’s POV and she herself doesn’t quite understand what is happening. I am positive that this is a book that will capture a child and their imagination. It will take them on a wonderful journey that they won’t forget.
I highly recommend this book as one to read. It is a lovely, emotional, and magical story that will have your heart-racing one minute and soaring the next.
About the Author
Cathryn Constable read Theology at Cambridge University before working for Vogue, W, Elle Decoration, Elle and the Independent. She also wrote for a number of publications including Tatler and the Sunday Times before turning her hand to writing for children.
The Wolf Princess, Cathryn’s first novel for Chicken House, has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second novel, The White Tower, published in 2017. Cathryn is married with three children and lives in London.