Tuesday, December 16
Book Review: Matadora
Author: Elizabeth Ruth
Pages: EBook 273
Summary: Set in Spain and Mexico during the 1930s, Matadora tells the story of Luna Caballero Garcia, an impoverished and intrepid servant attempting to make her name in the bullring at a time when it was illegal for a girl to do so. Matadora carries readers from bohemian artistic circles in Mexico City and Andalusia to Norman Bethune's mobile blood transfusions on the Madrid front. Against a backdrop of rising fascism and the Spanish Civil War, Elizabeth Ruth has created a powerful and compelling exploration of love, art, and politics, and an intelligent mirror for our times. Boldly sensual, with a cast of unforgettable characters and a plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, Matadora is easily one of the most original books of the year.
My Rating: 9.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book has become one of my favourite books of the year. It was such a beautifully written story, it captured me from the beginning and held on to the end. The ending, oh I both love and hate it. I think it was fitting for the book, but it was also one of those wow moments. I want to say more, but I don't want to spoil it, but the ending was well done. The ending is shocking, emotional and it's a book you have to read, to find out just how spectacular it was.
The writing was also beautifully well done, this is an author that had gone under my radar, but now I am looking forward to reading more. The book pulled me in, both because of the story and the author's writing. She took such care with the characters and the plot, that it created a very engaging and lovely novel.
Overall, a fantastic read and one I'd highly recommend to reading.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes! This is a must read, and it's probably one of my favourites of the year!
What to read next: More books by the author, I am looking forward to my next read by her.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge,
Note: This is part of my August Reviews