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Friday 21 June 2013

Review + Giveaway: Catherine by April Lindner (TOUR)

Hey guys! Today I'm taking part in the Catherine blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Thanks Jamie and Rachel for organizing this tour and don't forget to check out the other stops

Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Page Count: 320 pages, Hardcover
Date Published: January 2nd 2013
Source: E-galley in exchange of honest opinion

A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

This book is one of a kind. There are two different perspectives, set 20 years apart, as Chelsea is searching for her mother, Catherine, who disappeared and was thought dead until Chelsea found a letter. The author did a great job in keeping the chapters distinct and clear... I didn't have a difficult time switching from one POV to another and that made a huge difference in the story.

I have yet to read Wuthering Heights so it's impossible for me to compare Catherine with the original story, however, I enjoyed the retelling immensely and am looking forward to reading the classic this summer. As I said before, I really liked the different perspectives. Catherine's POV is more focused on her teenage life and her relationship with Hence, but Chelsea's is a bit more suspenseful as she is trying to find her mother whom she believed to be dead until she discovered a letter, written to her when she was three years old. I liked the fact that we knew Catherine disappeared in the end and with everyone we meet in her story, we had to wonder if they played a part in her disappearance. It was really interesting and quite chilling.

Overall, I found this book to be very well written and it captivated me and kept me wanting more. The pacing was good and I was never lost. From what I know of Wuthering Heights, it's not exactly filled with the most pleasant characters in the world. I think Lindner did a good job of making this her own story while still taking inspiration from the classic. I'm really looking forward to reading Wuthering Heights this summer and to compare it to this retelling!

April Lindner is the author of two novels, Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights, and Jane, an update of Jane Eyre.  She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies ShapedShe plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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  1. Modern retellings are simply awesome :) I love how authors can take an old tale or myth and add a bunch of new, exciting twists or sort of update it to fit our modern society :) I especially love dark retellings - like Strands Of Bronze and Gold - yum!
    Catherine sounds amazing and your review got me even more excited for this book :) I must admit the cover didn't really appeal to me all that much, but after reading your thoughts I know I have to get my hands on this book!

    Thanks for sharing, hun!

    Evie @Bookish

  2. (pout) Too bad this giveaway is US only. Would have loved to enter for a chance to win. However, I will add this to my pile to read so I don't forget it. I was interested the moment I heard the reference to Wuthering Heights - my favorite classic novel of all time. Very excited to check this out!

    Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven.

  3. I love seeing how modern technology or customs interacts with an older story!

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    Because without any warning of the writing style, I can definitely see why it would be frazzling for the reader.


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