1 December 2011
Since Dark Poppy’s Demise was published in July its been getting some excellent reviews. I’ve compiled a list of my favourites from the last few months. Click the links to read the reviews in their entirety.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to review my book! I will keep this blog updated with more reviews as I find them. If you spot one before I do, please add it in the comments section below.
From the press:
From the Mail & Guardian
SA Partridge has produced a finely written page-turner that any high-school book lover would enjoy finding in her stocking.
From the Sunday Times
Partridge is a master at exploring the nuances of emotionally awkward teens, through fast-paced dialogue and detailed (but not overwrought) description, rendering Cape Town in affectionate Gothic tones that create a suitably brooding, sombre mood.
From The Citizen
This eerie tale is a realistic account of how the desperate need to be loved can be detrimental. I highly recommend this third novel by Cape Town author, SA Partridge, who won the I Am A Writer and MER Youth Prize 2008 awards for her previous work.
Young adult readers across the board will certainly enjoy this fine book, and many will be able to identify with the feelings of hopelessness, insecurity and anxiety that seem so definitive of the road to adulthood. Partridge’s latest is therefore a welcome addition to a burgeoning literary genre, and a work certain to entertain and inform in equal measure.
With this book, S.A. Partridge cements her position as one of South Africa’s most brilliant writers of this generation. This is a novel that not only reaches its target audience effectively, but will also capture the minds of readers outside of the young adult population. Dark Poppy’s Demise is not a novel to be missed.
From Women 24
Sally has certainly written a book that will keep you on your toes. She has a keen insight into the psyche of teens and especially has a knack for creating damaged and broken characters.
From The Cape Times
A good read for teens who may be a bit too glued to online socialising.
From Saltwater Girl
It’ll leave you shuddering.
From the blogosphere:
From Novel Year
Dark Poppy’s Demise should be required reading in high schools across the country. I firmly believe that. What happens to Jen could happen to anyone. There were points during my reading of this novel that I was genuinely freaked out. It was all so scarily real!
From The Word Fiend
Dark Poppy’s Demise is S.A. Partridge’s third novel for young adults and firmly cements her place as an author to watch.
From It’s a Book Thing
A tumble here and a cliffhanger there Sally Partridge has me gripped from page one. I really did enjoy this read. You have a striking cover; a rather intensely set plot, a local setting and a fabulous author to sew it all together!
From Being Brazen
I was transported back to teenagerdom from page one of this book. I think this is a must-read for any young adult girl as the lesson that can be learnt from this book is definitely an invaluable one.
From Club X
Pick it up because it’s a wake-up call about the dangers lurking online.
From Ibby SA
Partridge is a talented writer, and I know teenagers will love this book!
Miss Partridge imbues her climax with such viciousness that it feels like a body blow. Its a testament to her writing prowess that she makes Jenna a thorough pain of a character and yet we are still rooting for her when it counts.
The book is a quick read, and SA Partridge has a wonderful knack for spot-on dialogue.