- File Size: 598 KB
- Print Length: 227 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539997065
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat (April 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJLN96C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The May Queen is also known as The Maiden, the goddess of spring, flower bride, queen of the faeries, and the lady of the flowers. The May Queen is a symbol of the stillness of nature around which everything revolves. She stands for purity, strength and the potential for growth, as the plants grow in May. She is one of many personifications of the energy of the earth.
The blurb describes The May Queen as 'One girl 's search for love and belonging' which I think we can all relate to. We all long to be loved and want to belong.
'It all began beside the mill pond. Honest, fair and eager to please, fifteen-year-old May has a secret, and not of her own making. She wears it like an invisible badge, sewn to her skin, as though Ma stitched it there herself. It rubs only when she thinks of Sophie, Pa or the other name that's hidden there; that no one knows about. '
Sophie is May's older sister, banished from the family home for bringing disgrace upon the family. May misses Sophie, and her banishment leaves a gap in her life. So May is susceptible in her need to feel close to someone.
Apparently May goes on to join the Wrens in war torn London, but I didn't make it that far. I found The May Queen to be very heavy going- rather like trying to swim in treacle.
The author is exceedingly wordy, but says little. E.G. 'Longing came next, but not with its name. May knew enough of feeling to be aware of its presence, but had not come far enough in grown thought to marry it to its namesake. Christopher had played on her mind a good while longer than he ought to, creeping in like the wind to make the true day blunder. It was Ma always brought her back to ground when she caught May intent on the unseen. Ma brought them all to ground, May thought, as she pushed up the mound to get at some unknown, lighter thing. '
In the 31% that I read, the story went nowhere. At that point I became weary of struggling through the overblown text and moved on, with considerable relief, to my next read.
Thank you to Crooked Cat Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The May Queen by Helen Irene Young for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own, so please, if you think this book might interest you, please give it a chance.
I voluntarily reviewed a Net Galley copy of this book.
The May Queen by author Helen Irene Young is a thoughtful story about a young woman in the days of WWII. May is an innocent girl but already with some secrets when she decides it will be best for her to leave all she knows and join the war as a dispatcher with the WRENS. The story is emotional and gives you a view of the dangers, loneliness, and bravery during a troubled time in the past. The mood of the story is a bit melancholia, but it does hold your interest. I like to think the pace of the story is a bit like the times of the era. I enjoyed the book and think you need to be in a mood for this type of story. to fully appreciate it's essence. Enjoy!
May is a unique, spirited and adventurous heroine. She comes across as not being afraid of anything. This is a story of a young May discovering herself amidst the death and destruction happening in the world around her. I personally found the writing style very hard to engage in for at least the first half of the book. By the time the War was raging around her, May seemed to become more real and the story became easier to translate. Through her War efforts, May is able to develop relationships, discover her individuality and begin to form her own opinions of the world. "The May Queen" is not an easy read but I will definitely remember the story and its quirkiness. From my critical opinion, I think the ambiguity and abstract writing found in the first half of the book might lead people to give up on the story before its completion.
There seemed to be lots of things implied throughout this book to the point it felt like the literary version of an abstract painting; multiple people would all come to their own conclusions by examining the same piece of work. I had to reread paragraphs and whole chapters at times to see what I had missed or to gain a better understanding of the author’s intent.
From that aspect this is a good work because it requires you to think and doesn’t just hand feed you everything which so much of our society today has become accustomed to getting in their forms of media.
A big problem though is there is very well done character development but I still didn’t feel invested in the characters. They could have been killed off in the next chapter or even in the next sentence and I would have kept reading on just the same as if the author stated what the character put on to go to a dance.
Overall this book very much read like those long literary works of fiction I had to read in my college English class. They’re great during winter when you need something to pass the time in front of the fire with a good drink. However in this fast paced society of Netflix and social media where people have been raised on getting entertained quickly and in big ways I don’t see this garnering much support.