Good morning lovelies and happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for, and bring you a review of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry. This is a beautiful and fun book that I read within 2 days because I didn’t want to put it down!! What an absolutely stunning debut!
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.
But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.
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I absolutely love this book!
The story is told from the viewpoint of Rob, a lawyer whose brother Charley can pull characters out of books – mostly by accident!! A bit of a child prodigy (Charley), Rob has always felt his task was to protect his brother but he’s beginning to get fed up with it after his brother moves back to Wellington from London and calls him at all hours of the day/night to help him right his mistakes. On this particular early morning, Charley has accidentally let Uriah Heep on the loose……
Battling with the character to put him back where he belongs, he mentioned something of the ‘new world’ coming…….and their lives start to change dramatically. More fictional characters are out of the street and then something (horrifying!) is sent to attack them! They know that Charley hasn’t summoned these characters, which can only mean one thing – there is another summoner out there trying to cause havoc. Rob (reluctantly) and Charley team up with an unlikely bunch to try and save the world as we know it……but will they find out who they are up against? And will Charley be strong enough to save the world?
This was so fantastic and not like anything I’ve read before. All the classic characters appear (some more than once) and you get to see different parts of them, and see their strengths and weaknesses but in the real world. Every time I came across a new, classic character I was like ‘yesss’ – they’re going to help!! If you love literature, especially the classics then you can’t not love this book!
The main characters are fantastic – I fell in love with Charley and Millie straight away. I even fell in love with Henry the dog (not what he seems – you’ll have to read to find out more!). Rob was. a bit frustrating at times – I wanted to kick him occasionally and tell him to sort himself out. He clearly has jealousy issues, but he does love his brother and this comes out in the book. Their relationship is interesting and heartwarming to follow. There were characters in here that I didn’t know I could love, but I did – all thanks to H. G. Parry’s wonderful story telling.
This story had me absolutely and completely sucked in from chapter one. I was there in the story with them! The story is written so well that you can’t not be sucked in. I read this over 2 days (mainly my whole Sunday!) and I genuinely didn’t want to put it down! I wanted to continue to be immersed in this real/fictional world that was beautiful yet scary at the same time.
This is a brilliant debut from H. G. Parry – what a storyline to come up with! It is fun, engaging, terrifying and will have you on the edge of your seat! There are twists in this that you don’t even know are coming!! I would really love there to be another book…..so am keeping my fingers firmly crossed. However, even if there isn’t I can’t wait to see what the author brings us next. Even though we’re in January, I already feel like this is going to be one of my favourite books of the year! I’ll most certainly be re-reading this and recommending to my friends. This is a must read for all book lovers!! Fantastic!!
about the author
*Pictures & bio courtesy of Amazon
H. G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, film and media studies. Her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction and small press anthologies. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel
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A huge thanks to Tracy for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and Orbit books for providing me with a paperback copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Have a wonderful and positive start to the week all!