The Little Bookworm This was a fun book. At first I thought it was going to paranormal for some reason, but then it ended up being a mystery which is eThe Little Bookworm This was a fun book. At first I thought it was going to paranormal for some reason, but then it ended up being a mystery which is even better! Agnes is definitely a different sort of girl. Not content with doing only girl appropriate things, she has learned 10 languages and is fairly genius. But this doesn't stop her family from trying to get her settled into a nice marriage, something Agnes is not set on entirely. Then at an unwrapping party (a party where the guests unwrapped a mummy and find treasures hidden in the cloth (yes a real mummy)), Agnes finds a metal disc with a jackal's head on it and she ends up keeping it instead of returning it. This one action leads her into the kind of adventure that she has dreamed of. I enjoyed the fact that Agnes was so smart and that she wants to defy convention. I liked how her relationship with Caedmon plays out and how they are more equals than anything.
The Egyptian mystery was also interesting, involving mummies and the Rosetta Stone as well as Napoleon as the action of this story takes place after he escapes from Elba. I got a real sense of the time period and how people in England thought at that time as well as a really fun adventure mystery....more
The Little Bookworm In the early 1900s the idea of a healthy carrier of a disease was unknown. But then an outbreak of typhoid became and became link tThe Little Bookworm In the early 1900s the idea of a healthy carrier of a disease was unknown. But then an outbreak of typhoid became and became link to a cook. And thus was the beginning of Typhoid Mary. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl working for the Department of Sanitation, Deadly is the story of both Typhoid Mary and Prudence, who has dream of overcoming disease and death.
Before reading this, I had rudimentary knowledge of Typhoid Mary. It's sort of just an expression now, isn't it? But this was a real life woman. A healthy carrier of the typhoid bacteria, she unknowingly infected at least 53 people with the disease. When confronted with the idea that she was a healthy carrier, she refused to believe it.
Deadly, told in diary form, is the story of Prudence, a second generation immigrant who has a thirst for scientific knowledge that frowned upon in young women. She obtains a job with the Department of Sanitation with George Soper who figures out from whom the typhoid is originating. Prudence is a very thoughtful, curious girl with a great mind for science and a need to learn about disease and death after the death of her brother. With her father missing in action, she lives alone with her mother in a tenement. I thought she was a great character and I liked reading her diary, or "tablet" entries and seeing life in New York at this time. It was very interesting. I found the whole story of Mary fascinating and I liked how the book felt real. All the emotions were very genuine even as most of the language was very precise and almost clinical like Prudence. Really this is a fascinating book and I'd recommend it to anyone. My only caveat is that it makes you want to wash your hands a whole whole lot....more
The Little Bookworm It's the era of bathtub gin and speakeasies and for Cordelia and Letty it's the beginning of the rest of their lives. After escapinThe Little Bookworm It's the era of bathtub gin and speakeasies and for Cordelia and Letty it's the beginning of the rest of their lives. After escaping from their small town in Ohio and moving to New York City each purses a dream of her own. Cordelia seeks out the dad she never know and Letty wants to be a star. But both find that sometimes life doesn't always go according to plan.
I am a big fan of The Luxe series, just like I am a fan of the Gossip Girl books. Sometimes there is nothing better than a fun, light read. So I was delighted to learn that Anna Godbersen was going to do a series in the 1920's, one of my favorite eras. It was a great setting and I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a retread of The Luxe, something I was afraid would happen and the characters were distinct and different. I liked Cordelia the best since she was much stronger and more able. I thought Letty was a bit too helpless though rightfully so. It ended on a good cliffhanger so now I am wondering what is going to happen next. ...more
Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy meet and dislike each other, then through a series of meetings realize that first impressioThe Little Bookworm
Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy meet and dislike each other, then through a series of meetings realize that first impressions do not always make the kindest.
I haven't read Pride and Prejudice in a very long time so when the Everything Austen Challenge came along I decided to take advantage and do an all P&P list. Since it had been so long since I read it, it seemed only natural to start at the beginning. Oddly I found myself bored until Mr. Collins arrived (ironic). That's when the action started to pick up as much as it ever does in this book. The characters start moving locations and interacting in situations outside their normal places and then it starts to get good.
I love how natural the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy becomes and is, frankly, the archetype for this type of relationship. If this book was published now it would totally be considered chic lit. The meet cute, the fighting and misunderstanding, the declaration of love at the end, well, actually it has been made into chic lit through the Bridget Jones character. Anyway, P&P still holds up in my esteem and it was well worth re-reading....more
I really enjoyed this entire series. Thankfully, someone knew it was a good idea to stop at four. If it had kept going th**spoiler alert** review here
I really enjoyed this entire series. Thankfully, someone knew it was a good idea to stop at four. If it had kept going then it would have become tedious. But Godbersen found the perfect ending for all her characters. And while some got the happy ending you'd expect, some got the ending they deserved and I was happy to see that. All to often, the direction of the plot is turned in order to let everyone have a happy ending. But that's not what happens in real life and certainly not in this book. So I was glad for that. I think Penelope and Henry, who have more and more reminded me of a Rhett and Scarlett, deserve each other for all the chaos they have inflicted on each other and everyone else. I'm glad Elizabeth finally got the right man who will love her forever and that Diana had the sense to get out when she did. And so I would say that this series was definitely worth reading and worth my time. ...more
This series is compared a lot to Gossip Girl and for good reason, but it reminds me, in ways, of Dangerou**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars
This series is compared a lot to Gossip Girl and for good reason, but it reminds me, in ways, of Dangerous Liasions and the like. There are a lot of manipulations on the part of Penelope and she is really the one who sets everything in motion. After having blackmailed Henry into marrying her, she is desperate to keep him so she concocts many plots to dispute Diana Holland, the girl Henry really loves, and make herself look better. Really Penelope would have been better off leaving Henry alone. Why she felt she had to marry him, I don't know. I understood why she had to keep him though. At that time, a divorce would have been such a scandal and Penelope traps herself into her own situation. I was getting such a Scarlett/Rhett vibe from Penelope and Henry in this book, it was a little weird.
The Hollands were less interesting in this book especially Elizabeth. I expected such a great showing from her especially at how Rumors ended, but she fell flat. Although I do hope she marries Teddy somehow. She should have married him in the first place, because the whole Will plot was stupid in the end. And Diana was ridiculous trying to somehow keep Henry and never really getting it. He is trapped and he will never be better than who he is (like Nate in GG). So I'm hoping for something more interesting in Splendor, the last book.
As an aside, I did find some of the historical trivia thrown in very interesting. For example, women had to wear stocking with the swimsuits on the beach and couldn't show any flesh. And I love the description of all the clothes. It seems so beautiful if stifling....more
The second installment of the Luxe novels finds New York society still mourning the loss of Elizabeth Holland, iOriginal review at The Little Bookworm
The second installment of the Luxe novels finds New York society still mourning the loss of Elizabeth Holland, its former jewel. But rumors abound that Elizabeth is still alive as her body was never recovered from the river. Her younger sister, Diana is still fervently in love with Elizabeth's one-time fiance despite the fact that society would never allow them to marry. Henry returns her feelings but has no idea how to be with Diana without flying in the face of everyone. And Penelope Hayes has set her sights on marrying Henry and is willing to destroy anyone in her way. Who will survive the heiress' plots or is the bigger question who won't survive? *possible spoilers
Rumors was even better than The Luxe. At the end I was wishing for the next book. I NEED to know what happens next, NEED, I say. Anyway, the story moved along quickly and there was very little rehash of the first plot and it was subtly done when there was, which is nice in a sequel. I hate being bashed over the head with a summary of the first book in a series. (Remember Babysitter's Club & Sweet Valley anything where the summary of characters was almost verbatim book to book. I hate that.) I'm really liking Diana and Henry and poor Elizabeth. Their characters are developing nicely and I feel so bad for all of them. The ending was surprising and shocking. I really didn't see it coming, but I have a feeling that the next book, Envy, is going to be so great. I have a feeling that Elizabeth is going to be a force to be reckon with now that she is back. This series is so much better than Gossip Girl, the series it is most compared with and that it exceeds in most ways. ...more
Elizabeth Holland is society's sweetheart in this Gossip Girl-like novel set during the turn of the 19th century. She is thought toThe Little Bookworm
Elizabeth Holland is society's sweetheart in this Gossip Girl-like novel set during the turn of the 19th century. She is thought to be the perfect debutante, sweet, proper, yielding. But Elizabeth has secrets and passion of her own. She is compelled to do the right things, however, and marry Henry Schoonmaker, a rich playboy, who has his sights set on someone else. Elizabeth's sister, Diana, as well as her friend, Penelope, have stakes set into who marries Henry Schoonmaker and Penolope is not going to let him marry Elizabeth without a fight.
Let me say that I'm a fan of the Gossip Girl books. Some of them are tedious and, frankly, there are too many of them, but they are a good read and fun and easy. So I went into this book knowing it was suppose to be Gossip Girl, only historical. And it was. Elizabeth was much like Sabrina, only better and Penelope was much like Blair, only slier. Henry was a Nate character, but less stoned and more aware and Diana was a Jenny. What made this different was the society and the history involved. Also Elizabeth was much more caged in by what she could do or who she should love. The ending was not unexpected but was a nice turn-around and I'm looking forward to the next book. ...more
Mimi is playing Juliet at her family's renowned theater, The Wallingford Theatre though she is suffering from stagOriginal post at The Little Bookworm
Mimi is playing Juliet at her family's renowned theater, The Wallingford Theatre though she is suffering from stage fright. She's been acting ever since she was 3 so this sudden onset of stage fright is causing her big problems. Also causing her problems is her mother who wants to control Mimi's life and dictate where Mimi should go to college. On the night of the final performance of Romeo & Juliet, Mimi is magically transported, with her gorgeous co-star Troy Summers, to Verona, Italy and into the story of Romeo & Juliet. But her presence is changing the story and she doesn't know how to get back to her life. Can Mimi save Juliet and save herself?
It was a very cute book, a little contrived, but cute nonetheless. It didn't take much time to read. I understood Mimi's problems and her mother was so overbearing that it was ridiculous. Lady Capulet was the same way. The author tried very hard to parallel Mimi's problems with Juliet's, but sometimes it was a little forced. And I wasn't really crazy about Troy. He just bothered me. It was cute how Mimi changed the story of Romeo & Juliet and it all ended up alright. It was fun seeing the characters of the classic play reacting to life outside of that story. All in all, it was a cute, fun book....more
Once Emer was a precocious six year old in Ireland, but after Cromwell took over Ireland, a series of unfortunate events leads herThe Little Bookworm
Once Emer was a precocious six year old in Ireland, but after Cromwell took over Ireland, a series of unfortunate events leads her to becoming a bloodthirsty pirate out for treasure. Then she is cursed to live 100 lives as a dog. Now that she's back to being a human again, Emer is ready to find the treasure she buried long ago.
This was an interesting book. It's told from a couple of perspectives, mainly Emer/Saffron. Saffron is the reborn Emer. She has all the memories of Emer's life (lives, she remembers the dog lives too) and it's hard to tell if they are really the same person or if Emer just lives in Saffron. If you had memories from the day you were born of a life you know you lived, but you didn't specifically live it yourself, how would that work...?
Anyway, Saffron is born with Emer's knowledge and she knows that when she is old enough she is going to go and find the treasure Emer buried 300 years ago. There are a lot of flashbacks that show how Emer went from a simple Irish girl to a pirate and how she wound up being cursed. There are also sections on some of the dog lives that provide lessons on dogs. Some are funny, some are sad, and at least one made me angry, but I wish there had been a few more. The one thing about this book I didn't understand was the Frenchman. He is obsessed with Emer and I never could figure out why.
This was one of my favorites so far this year and will definitely be a re-read at some point....more