4 Mini Book Reviews
I have been reading a lot of books lately, but kind of slacking on the reviewing front…though I do post reviews on goodreads as I finish. Seriously I’ve been reading a lot..so much that I have already met and surpassed my yearly number goal, that I set on goodreads. However, I have been slacking on my own reading challenge…because of course I am. Anyway, I figured I’d some shorter reviews every once in a while to sort of catch up.
Title: A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light
Author: Eleanor Brown
Publish date: July 04, 2017
Genre: travel/non-fiction/short stories
Format: *paperback (ARC)
Rating: 3/5 stars
“Paris is always a good idea”. Well, so the saying goes anyway. Certainly all these lovely ladies thought so.
What we have here are 18 authors (all of them have published books set in Paris), all women, who have written essays regarding their time in the City of Light. Personal account of people’s travels always fascinate me, how do they deal with the stress of travel, did the place live up to their expectations or fail miserably. Since each author’s essay is unique to them, you end up with a well rounded view of Paris over several time periods. Not all of them enjoyed their time in Paris, some of them did, some of them had to change the way they approached the city in order to enjoy their time there. Basically it was like sitting down with a group of friends to chat about the trip.
I was a little disappointed in some of the stories, because they fell kind of flat and honestly were a little boring, but on the other hand several of them were so good they had me chuckling and wishing they were longer.
Sequel: The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (2018)
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publish Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: young adult/historical fiction/adventure
Format: Hardcover (July’s Owlcrate book)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Quote: “I don’t think it’s a good idea to go courting trouble, is all, We’re not courting trouble, I say. Flirting with it at most”.
trigger warnings: LGBT themes, epilepsy, racism and racial slurs, PTSD, Alcoholism and parental abuse
I absolutely adored this unique twist of a historical fiction novel. We have a young Lord Henry “Monty” Montague, who is a bit…”wild” he drinks to excess, lewd behavior and rudeness have gotten him expelled from Eton. Who also happens to be in love with his best friend Percy, a ward of a wealthy family, but not titled, Percy loves to play the violin and is a bit more tame then Monty. These two plus Monty’s younger sister Felicity, who by the way happens to be a bad ass who studies medicine and science in secret, are setting off on their Grand Tour,a last ditch effort by Monty’s parents to tame him and unfortunately in Monty’s opinion they are to have a guardian, who promises a lot of culture but not as much fun. After arriving in Paris and seeing museums and attending lectures, they are finally going to a ball…where oooppps Monty leaves in disgrace, after stealing a little something of course. The guardian deciding they need to leave Paris earlier than intended. They are headed for Marseilles to drop Felicity off at finishing school, but..they don’t make it besieged by highwaymen, they make a run for it..only to discover that they aren’t really highway men..these men are looking for the object that Monty stole from Versailles. This sets of a chain reaction of events that leads them from Marseilles to Barcelona, to Venice and onto Greece. Don’t worry there are plenty of shenanigans along the way..including stow awaying on a ship only for it to get attacked and captured by pirates.
Such a hilarious but touching journey through Europe, this book has it all humor, fun, adventure and romance. It was just a fun fast paced read.. it’s 513 pages long..I read it in about 4 hours. It’s surprising how funny and sassy this book is when you consider it really has some heavy and controversial themes…however they were done in such a way that while staying accurate for the time period, did not come off as preachy nor where they played down. Well Done by the author for sure. Now as far historical accuracy in other things..well let’s just say some liberties were taken. plus, the first two chapters were kind of dull and my first thought was uh oh, but by the end of the 3rd chapter I was hooked. The overall writing style was simple, easy to understand, witty and well paced.
Title: The Waking Land
Series: there is suppose to be a sequel, but no information yet
Author: Callie Bates
Publish Date: June 27th, 2017
Format: *paperback (ARC)
Rating: 3/5 stars
I’m on the fence about this book, there were many things I loved about it and probably just as many that I didn’t like. Honestly felt like it needed a bit more editing and refining of ideas.
****Things I DID like****
1. The Earth magic was beautiful, well thought out and amazing in the detail the author wrote about.
2. Good exploration of Stockholm Syndrome and the gradual awaking from it.
3. Character development of Main and minor characters was very good.
4. I liked how it seemed like it was a mix of eras such as clothing and housing from the middle ages but they had guns and similar items.
5. Nature was very present in the book
6. I liked the ending very much lot’s of action and things ended satisfactorily.
****Things I did NOT like****
1. the world building was seriously lacking, your just kind of thrown in
2. the politics, oh so very much politics and I couldn’t keep them all straight
3. the middle part is very dull, and probably could have been shortened , especially if this to be a trilogy.
4. pacing was not good, the story seemed to move very fast and then bam dullsville then bam were going again.
All that being said, I did enjoy reading it, but was also frustrated by it LOL, I most likely will read the next books to see how it ends, plus I am a big fan of all the Earth magic, the ideas and plot were very beautiful, it just didn’t quite come across very well.
Title: Reincarnation Blues
Author: Michael Poore
Publish Date: August 22, 2017
Format: *paperback (ARC)
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reincarnation, is a fascinating concept. This book explores it rather nicely.
We first meet Milo, as a wise man running a fishing charter in Key West Florida, who gets eaten by a shark. We journey to the after life, were we find out that he is the oldest soul, having lived 9,995 lives and just so happens to be in love with death, who prefers to be called Suzie, and also he only get to live 10,000 lives before becoming nothing..so he must reach “perfection” before that time. But what exactly is perfection? Well no one seems to be able to tell him that, he must discover it for himself.
The story is told in bits and parts not really in any kind of chronological order, it doesn’t take away from the story as it is done in such a way, to be all part of a greater story. While I enjoyed the flashbacks or insights in to the past lives and current lives of Milo, I really enjoyed the parts that took place in the after life, as there are seemed to be so much more learning and love going on.
I didn’t like the ending.. Compared to the rest of the story it was weak, and I’ll say anticlimactic, though the little stories after were heartwarming. Overall a very enjoyable read.
*Some of these books are advance reader copies, sent to me for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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