Friday, 4 December 2009

The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus

From Amazon: When Picky's Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, Picky is accidentally transported back to the year 1685, where a man in a wig insists she is someone called Amelia and tries to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Who is Amelia? Is she dead? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take Picky back in time too? And does she dare put herself in danger again?

The Dresskeeper is an original debut that should have a place on any teen reader's bookshelf. Filled with clever characters, time travel and history, it's different to anything else you'll read this year.

I was instantly hooked by Mary Naylus's writing, as well as her snappy main character Picky. The way Picky spoke and acted in old England was hilarious, and I loved the contrast between the two time frames. Our history has always interested me, and though I didn't know too much about the 1700s, I still found it to be a very entertaining read. I also learnt something new myself, which is never a bad thing!

The fast pace and unfolding mystery had my full attention and, as always, I was surprised by the final revelation. I'm terrible with 'whodunnit' books, I just can't seem to guess who the bad guy is. Of course, this is normally down to clever writing and characterisation, rather than my inability to see what's right in front of me. So, well done, Mary Naylus -- I was completely in the dark until the last chapter.

The Dresskeeper is a fun, fast-paced thrill ride that effortlessly combines history and time travel to form a highly impressive debut. It's a must-read for fans of historical fiction, realistic characters and murder mysteries that keep you guessing.

9 comments:

LovesSam said...

Fab review!!! This one is next on my list to read and now I cant wait, sounds like a fun read :-)

The Book Bug said...

Great review!" I really like this book, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Briliant review! I really enjoyed this too, though Picky annoyed me a little at times. Glad you enjoyed it!

Leanne_luce said...

Wow this sounds awesome :D Yet another one to add to my forever growing list of to buys, lol x x x

Jo said...

Awesome review, Jenny! I really didn't think I would enjoy The Dresskeeper, but it was brilliant! I loved it! Can't wait to read The Plaguemaker!

Kate said...

Superb review. I loved this book too! I'm glad you enjoyed it =D

I Want To Read That said...

Great review - I really enjoyed it too:)

Becky said...

Yay! Glowing comments and a great review of this book. I really hope it does well for Mary and Prospera. It is such a great fun read.

Tam said...

Sounds great - am adding it to my list to read :-)