The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

The Red Notebook
The Red Notebook

This is the second book I have read by Antoine Laurain, the first being the bestseller, The President’s Hat.  With a similar premise to his first book, the story builds around the loss and return of, in this case, a red notebook.  The story is predictable, and a little too fluffy for my liking, but the characters are likeable and engaging.  Well before the end of this book I realised I would need to change my original expected genre of being a mystery to one of a romantic adventure.  This is unlikely to replicate the success of his first novel, but I like the author’s style and will look out for his next book.

The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse by Ivan Repila

The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse
The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse

At only 112 pages, this book more than punches above it’s weight.  Easily read in a single session, you’re left with mixed emotions on how to take this book.  It’s a story that tells of two young brothers left in a well.  We don’t know why they’re there, only that they were put there on purpose.  As time passes, the brothers endure much and have to battle with the elements, their relationship and their own state of mind.  But there is always hope!