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Honey, St Helen and St Katharine

The House with Chicken Legs

‘Marinka dreams of a normal life’ but living in a house with chicken legs, a normal life isn’t going to be easy to find. Every evening Marinka and her grandmother, Baba Yaga, guide spirits from our world to the stars. What’s more, her house is constantly walking to new places, making it hard for Marinka to make friends.
I think choosing the myth of Baba Yaga is an interesting concept but upon reading it I was underwhelmed. The book’s blurb and cover make it look like a gripping read but the plot progressed slowly and only picked up pace half way through. The idea had so much potential, but it did not meet my expectations. Marinka’s relationship with her grandmother is a complex one because Marinka longs for a different life, which makes it hard to be reassured by her grandmother. The author chooses to write in first person which is appropriate for the book as it’s about a personal journey so it is important to know how Marinka is feeling throughout.
The second half of the book was more interesting, the plot taking off as Marinka has to face challenges alone. A nice element in the book is that the house has a mind of it’s own, not only deciding where to go and helping with the guiding, but also having emotions. The house could be angry at Marinka and Baba but it also influenced their choices and loved them, helping them as much as it can. The fact that the house cares for them was a lovely aspect of the book. I like the way Sophie Anderson ended the book, with a satisfying conclusion and no unanswered questions. Overall, I would rate the book six out of ten because although the characters reactions and feelings were interesting, the book lacked a good sense of plot, making it less exciting than I had hoped.

Posted on: 28th March 2019 at 08:47 am

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