Sunday, 20 August 2017

All That She Can See - Carrie Hope Fletcher

I've always made it obvious on this blog how much I like Carrie Hope Fletcher. I think she's one unbelievably talented performer. She’s written numerous books in the past but although I've enjoyed reading them none of them have really made me blabber on to people uncontrollably about this amazing book I've read, that is until now. 
Carrie Hope Fletcher's new novel All That She Can See tells the story of Cherry. Cherry has somewhat magical powers in the respect she has the ability to physically see people's worst feelings floating around them. Cherry decides to take it upon herself to try improving people's lives and bakes cakes in order to reduce people's bad feelings. She’ll see that a person is feeling stressed for example and will bake them a specially baked cake to help them reduce that feeling. Once Cherry feels as though her job is done she’ll move to a new place in order to help improve as many people’s lives as she possibly can. Little does she know that other people are born with the same gift (although some in different ways to her own) and this knowledge will change her life forever.
For me, this book makes me think of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman except daemons are in the form of feelings. I don't think this is a bad thing as I think the concept of seeing feelings is absolutely wonderful and the story is completely different I could just draw similarities at certain points whilst reading. If like me, you grew up reading books like Northern Lights, you will absolutely love All That She Can See.

It’s worth mentioning that this story is a little different to Fletcher’s previous fiction novel in the sense that it is less romance orientated and provides a lot more action in the second half. Yes, romance does feature throughout but the second half of the book is very action packed with a couple of quite violent scenes. However, what still remains is the author’s ability to write such unique, likable characters proven in this case through the main character Cherry. I also really love the way in which the author writes an element of magic into real life which comes across as something you can completely imagine happening in real life which only adds to the likability of this story.

I did find the story to be somewhat paced too face at times. At points when reading I felt that things escalated quickly, particularly in the second half of the book, but ultimately it is a relatively long book already so I can completely understand the quick movement of the story. However, I personally would’ve been happy with a few more chapters.

In my opinion this is the author’s best novel so far and I for one am very excited to see what story she comes up with next. The idea of seeing feelings and the fact the main character so actively wants to make use of that gift is such a great idea for a story. Carrie Hope Fletcher’s imagination is fantastic and portrayed so wonderfully in this novel. I highly recommend picking up All That She Can See as the next book you read.
Synopsis – 
Feelings are part of life - feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this . . .

Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can't and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she's simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don't know why they're drawn to Cherry's bakery - they just know that they're safe there and that's how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.

And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she's not the only one who can see what she sees . . .

A story of love, food and a little bit of magic, All That She Can See is an enchanting and beautiful novel that's guaranteed to be the most magical story you'll read all year.

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