Tree Magic by Hariett Springbett [A coming of age story tangled with France]

This book was something of a hit and miss for me. There are many who loved it but also a few like me who just didn’t feel much about it. Before I get into the details though,

The plot, from my point of view: The story revolves around a girl named Rainbow who discovers that she has magic hands that can communicate with trees, understand them and change the direction of their growth. But Rainbow is yet to decide whether her powers are a gift or a curse.

As her journey leads her from England to France, we get to see her grow in parallel worlds.

Oh yeah, that’s right, there’s a hint of science fiction in this coming of age fantasy.

32883339This book started off great. There was Rainbow who was left to her own devices, her discovering her powers, a tree house, lots of tree discussions and a cat. But after the “incident”, that I won’t go into much because I don’t want to spoil it, Rainbow was split into two, literally.

She was now divided into Mary and Rainbow. While Rainbow continued on with using her powers, Mary had abandoned the gift. And as the story progressed it was apparent that Rainbow was more childish and spiritual, while the incident had made Mary more mature, realistic and also stubborn, I suppose.

I loved the fantasy that was woven in the book at the beginning and the end, but in the middle, the book read very much like a contemporary with subtle fantasy. The love I had felt for the book as I started it was lost in the middle, and back again at the end.

But I genuinely enjoyed parts of Tree Magic and for a debut novel, it was a job well done. All the characters were written well and as a polyglot (someone who loves languages), I felt the struggles Mary went through trying to learn a new language and realizing that that is not enough to speak it. A language is nothing without the culture, after all.

And that’s it! I don’t have a lot to say about this book but if Harriet Springbett does write another novel I would be interested in reading it too because this was really original.

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Have you guys read this book? If yes, tell me what you thought of it and if not, then let me know of any other books similar to this that I should try out down in the comments!

Lots of love,


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