BookTrail Travel Awards 2018 – Settings in novels
The BookTrail has several awards to hand out this year. Looking back at the journeys over the past year but with a surprise or two along the way.So, The BookTrail Travel Awards looks at the best books of 2018. Which setting in a novel has made the biggest impression?
Today’s list is one celebrating the best settings in books – that could be a castle, a bus, a manor home. Plenty of places to be immerse yourself into with this lovely lot!
The Awards are :
The Islands with the most legends
Most Memorable visit to the woods in a novel
Best mix of locations in one novel
Most evocative house in a novel
Best moment on transport in a novel
BookTrail Travel Award for the islands with the most legends
The evocative language perfectly evokes and immerse you at the heart of the vast, snowy landscape. Then there’s the chillingly fascinating world of Nordic myths, ghosts and legends. All set on the Lofoten Islands with a fictional name so even more magical and mythical!
The author set this book here as she was fascinated by the light and dark and the legends which dance between the two.
Most Memorable visit to the woods in a novel Award
It has to be Changeling doesn’t it? I don’t think I’ve read about such alarming woods before. Luckily they are fictional as I wouldn’t fancy going there after reading this novel. Thats the genius of it though. They are so realistic and evocative that the author places you right in the heart of the woods, the noises, the idea that there might be someone watching you, or something watching you..
These are the creepiest woods I’ve been to in a novel.
Best mix of locations in one novel Award
Scottish Highlands, New York and Granada, Spain
From hunting the alusive white stag in the Scottish highlands to dancing to Flamenco in Granada, to hotfooting it to New York and the clubs and bars there, this novel has it all.
It’s one of a series following the sisters of one family around the world. They each find out about a letter their (adoptive) father has written for them. After his death, they see the letters and follow their clues to find out about their real heritage.
I just really loved the mix of locations in this one and how the story used each location to weave the story and craft a tapestry of travel. The settings were very evocative and alluring!
Award for best house in a novel
London – an old manor house on the river Thames
As far as setting goes, this house has to be one of the best this year. We see it develop over time. One owner leaves and another ones comes along. The house sees everyone and holds secrets within its walls throughoyt the years. These secrets will come back to haunt that house and one woman aims to uncover the truth. Everything about this house screams atmosphere. There’s creaking floorboards, hidden nooks and crannies. The house sits on the bend of the Thames close to villages. Visitors here will never forget the mystery and magic in its walls.
Award for best moment on transport in a novel
London – On a bus
This award goes to a novel where the magic starts on a bus. And that got me thinking. I read so much on buses but this one scene in the book where she looks through the misty window and sees a nice guy…. Maybe I need to look up from the kindle once in a while. A lovely heartwarming scene which kickstarts the whole novel and proves that one moment in life can change everything.
More awards will be given out next week….
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