Book Review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. PLUS a HUGE giveaway!

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Release Date: 23rd April 2015
Publisher: Pan
Twitter: @lucindariley

Oh my goodness!!! I am currently sat here wondering why it ever took me so long to listen to my Mum and sister Jen and read this book! There was a reason they kept going on about it... it's blooming fantastic!!! 

'The Seven Sisters' is the first book in Lucinda Riley's The Seven Sister's series. Each book tells the story of one of the women who was adopted by billionaire Pa Salt, when they were babies. Upon his death he left clues for each sister to be able to discover their true heritage, if they wish to do so. Maia is the oldest of the sisters and when something from her most recent past spurs her to take action with the clues Pa Salt has left her, she finds herself outside a rundown, old mansion, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to discover the truth about where her life began and the amazing, yet heartbreaking stories that make up her family's history.

Jen compares reading this series to how she felt when reading Harry Potter and I have to say I can see why. The detail that Lucinda Riley goes into and the storytelling that is woven between the pages, linking the past to the present, is unbelievable. I felt like there was so much going on and so much to remember and take in, but rather than make the story overwhelming, it was as though each detail tied a little piece of string around me and pulled me deeper and deeper into the story. These details connected me to each character and made them seem real. All I could think about at work was coming home to read. My mind spent days in Rio De Janeiro in 1927 and I simply couldn't get enough. I read the whole book in just under a week and as soon as I put it down I messaged Jen to ask her how I was possibly supposed to continue with my TBR pile, when all I wanted to do was jump straight into second sister, Ally's story and see what her clues were and if she discovers any more about Pa Salt.

The concept of the story itself fascinated me. From the fact that this one man created a beautiful island and adopted six babies, naming them after The Seven Sisters, to the fact that this man seemed to know so much and was extremely clever when it came to organizing something for each of his girls. I am dying to find out why he chose each of them and which clues he left the other sisters, as well as, what happened to the seventh sister!! Oh i'm telling you, you must start reading the series! I've only read the first installment yet I feel like I've been on this huge journey and met all these amazing people and that they are part of me all ready and there's six more books to go!! The thing is though, I genuinely feel like it would be a crime not to read any more. Reading one book is not an option. I have started it now and must finish it. Just amazing! 

Maia herself, was an incredible woman. She felt so very real as well. Her worries, concerns, the way she's lived her life so far, they are all so realistic and happen to everyone. I was in awe of her job and how languages were her talent. To be able to pick up so many different ones and then translate books for authors, sounded brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed being on her journey from start to finish. Have I said how fantastic this book is enough all ready? 

Lastly, one of my absolute favourite things about this book was the history. You know I love my historical romance. I adore being taken back in time to a different era and this book had that too. This part of The Seven Sisters had me glued to my couch and up late into the night. I felt absolutely everything! I don't know if I'm doing it justice but I hope i'm getting across how much this book seeps into your being and becomes apart of you. It's that good. I was amazed at the story the Christ the redeemer and even had to google it just to look at pictures so I could try and take in the magnitude of such a project. Again, the history had me wonderstruck. 

If you are looking for a new series that will blow you away and give you something to dig your teeth into, then from my family to yours, we highly recommend The Seven Sisters. We may even be able to start a book club just for it, as it's definitely a series you will want to share and discuss with every bookworm you meet! 

Before I go, guess what?? I have an absolutely incredible giveaway for you. It's BIG!! The wonderful Lucinda Riley is going to sign the first four books in The Seven Sister's series, including the latest book The Pearl Sister, which only came out yesterday in paperback, for one lucky winner! 

All you have to do is comment below, answering this question:

What is your favourite book series and why?

The giveaway is open to UK residents and will run for one week. Be sure to check back with us in the comments, as we will announce the winner there first on Saturday 14th April.

Good Luck and happy reading!
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16 comments :

  1. My favourite book series is actually the seven sisters and that is how I came across this blog. All of your reasons for loving the book are exactly why I love the book. You have captured it perfectly!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you love the books as much as our family! They are addictive! xx

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  2. My favourite is The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton, because it was my introduction to the wonder of reading and the limitless worlds you can lose yourself in through books. Enid Blyton unlocked a passion for books that has only grown as I’ve got older, so I’ll always be grateful to her for that! *adds The Enchanted Wood to TBR pile...right after The Pearl Sister...*

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    1. YES!!! We absolutely LOVE The Faraway Tree series. Our teacher read it to us in primary school and it never left us. We even bought the collection a few years back, so we can read it to our future kids!! :) x

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS ANNA!!! You are the winner of four signed Lucinda Riley books! Yay! :) Please email your details to lucy_and_kelly@yahoo.com :)

      THANK YOU to everyone who entered!! Have a lovely weekend!
      Lucy and Kelly xx

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    3. Oh wow I am extremely excited right now! Thank-you so much!
      Anna ������

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  3. My favourite book series has got to be Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman! Her ability to intertwine political issues and everyday-teenager issues made her series fantastic. Each character spoke out to me and the themes, going from love to war were all so entrancing. But I think above all, my most favourite part was how Persephone was portrayed as a strong young woman, trying to make her mark on the world without the help of her father. This power struggle is what made the books as great as they are

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    1. This sounds like a very powerful series. We will have to look it up! Thank you for sharing. x

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  4. The Seven Sisters.
    Because it fascinating reading about the different sisters, and their stories,slowing learning why Pa Salt adopted the girls and the mythology behind the stars.

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    1. We're glad you love it too! We can't wait to find out more about Pa Salt and why he adopted the sisters!

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  5. Because it's now finished and I'm not having to wait for the next one to come out, I can safely say the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. I may not agree with his politics but he can definitely tell a story! Because I read so quickly and so prolifically, I absolutely love getting stuck into a series that lasts for ages.

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    1. Another series we will have to look up! We agree, when you have a long series that's good, they suck you in and it's like you get to disappear into a different world for a while! :) x

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  6. I have loads of favourites, but I absolutely loved The Deverill Chronicles by Santa Montefiore. X

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    1. We will have to look into this series, as we've enjoyed the Santa Montefiore books we've read in the past! :) x

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  7. Other than Lucinda’s severn sisters series, i would have to say Harry potter series. I read them when they were first published and i can read them over and over again.

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    1. Yay! We are HUGE Harry Potter fans and are very much looking forward to the day we can read the books to our kids! :) xx

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