This leaves this book somewhat weaker than its predecessors, with neither the overt romanticism of The Tower Room , or the sad poignancy of Watching the Roses. Alice's rape in Watching the Roses is well handled, contextual, and while the episode is perhaps better suited to older readers, it didn't really raise my hackles -- this is, after all the 21 st century.
However, while all the girls are described as having reached the age of majority, the relationships of Megan and Bella with men clearly older than themselves might raise some eyebrows, though certainly nothing exploitative is depicted. Still this element left me, no prude, somewhat uneasy.
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Yes, I realize young women have been sexually active from well before the Epic of Gilgamesh was put to tablet, but particularly in The Tower Room it just seemed unnecessary. This said, the books are well written, the characters well depicted, so perhaps they will appeal more strongly and be more appreciated by today's young woman than an old curmudgeon like me.
Dodds Georges Dodds is a research scientist in vegetable crop physiology, who for close to 25 years has read and collected close to titles of predominantly pre science-fiction and fantasy, both in English and French. If you find any errors, typos or anything else worth mentioning, please send it to editor sfsite. Hilda's College, Oxford in She has worked as an actress, singer and a teacher of French in a girls' school in Manchester before becoming a full-time writer in Since then, she has published more than ninety books for children and young adults.
A prize-winning poet, her first collection, Voices from the Dolls' House , was published by Rockingham Press. Her first novel for adults, Facing the Light , appeared in ; the second, Hester's Story , in January Geras is married with two daughters, one the poetess Sophie Hannah.
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