I received my copy of The Siege Winter as a review copy on Goodreads.
The Siege Winter tells the story of Gwil and Penda, one a mercenary, one a littleI received my copy of The Siege Winter as a review copy on Goodreads.
The Siege Winter tells the story of Gwil and Penda, one a mercenary, one a little girl who has been brutally raped. Discovered by Gwil and with no memory of her past, Penda learns how to be an excellent archer while Gwil works to keep them out of the path of the man who abused her.
The Siege Winter was written by Ariana Franklin and finished by her daughter after her death. It is a great story that very much keeps your attention while you grow to love the characters, particularly the relationship between Gwil and Penda. My only criticism is that the ending seemed somewhat abrupt. I wanted to know more about what happened to the characters after the war....more
Written by the author who gave the world The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Lake of Dreams is a perfectly acceptable piece of historical fiction. The pWritten by the author who gave the world The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Lake of Dreams is a perfectly acceptable piece of historical fiction. The problem is, it doesn't stand out from the rest of the genre. Narrated by one Lucy Jarrett, an unemployed wanderer visiting home for the first time in ages, the book brings us through not only Lucy's thoughts on her own life and future but also that of a mysterious ancestor. Because of course it does. I am thankful that we didn't have neatly parallel chapters from Rose's POV.
Who was Rose Jarrett, why did she leave Iris, what did she do that was so bad that she was all but erased from family memory? These are the questions that Lucy wants answers too, and one would hope the reader wants to know as well. For my own part I didn't really care so much, as I figured out at least portions of "the scandal" before it was spelled out to Lucy and the others.
I was glad to see that the inevitable romance was the path not taken, and although the ending felt rushed, I was glad to have things all tied up, perhaps a little too neatly. All in all The Lake of Dreams is ok, not great. A good airport book....more
I received my copy of Fiendish through a Goodreads ARC giveaway.
I have never read any other books by Brenna Yavanoff, but I definitely was intrigued bI received my copy of Fiendish through a Goodreads ARC giveaway.
I have never read any other books by Brenna Yavanoff, but I definitely was intrigued by the summary about a girl who was trapped in a closet for 10 years then finally freed. And true to that description, Fiendish is the story of Clementine, a girl who was buried in the basement closet with her eyes sewn shut when she was seven years old. If you think that sounds rather horrific, you're not alone. Horrific but intriguing, because a boy named Eric Fisher finds her and sets her free 10 years later.
So who trapped her there and why? How is she still alive? What impact does it have on her? All these questions definitely piqued my interest and not only got me reading Fiendish, they kept me interested until the end.
While overall I really enjoyed this book, it also left me with some questions. Why were her eyes shut? Are fiends alive, dead, what? Why are those particular 5 people special and how does Eric's grandmother know? The last one is the most important I think, and could use some further explanation. It would be easy to add even just a line or two to clarify. Of course it's possible I just missed it.
I really enjoyed Fiendish! The writing was good, and allowed for a quick read. If you want some creepy, suspenseful Young Adult fiction in your life (and who doesn't?), I heartily recommend this book. ...more