This book is about Clarabelle, Matilda and her brother Valentine going through troubling times (even though the problems are vampire hunters and vampires). It also covers the murder of Clarabelle’s father and how sad and angry Clarabelle got.

The idea of vampires in the cholera epidemic is so creative and even on paper I felt I could feel the characters emotions. The plot may seem simple but it still builds suspense and twists. It’s a fantasy world in a real event but the book captures the fantasy world and sadness of the cholera epidemic at the same time.

I loved this book from characters to places even bats, its very descriptive about scenes and what the characters look like. It’s a very unique book. I love how characters grow throughout the book, a lot of characters I thought would have been there for fun but they all served a purpose. The book was good at explaining things. I was left with no questions.

The only thing I would say that I disliked about it was that at the start I was getting a bit lost, though throughout the book it got easier to follow.

For small kids this book could be a bit scary but for older kids (8+) and adults it’s enjoyable.

Overall I would give this book a 9 out of 10. I would recommend reading it 😀

by Aleece, 6th Class, Griffeen Valley ETNS, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

The Legend of Valentine Sorrow” by Caroline Busher, published by Poolbeg Books, is now on sale for €8.99 (P/B).

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher, Poolbeg Books, free of charge to Seomra Ranga for the purposes of this review