This started out very strongly for me and then wasn't holding my interest as much at the end. Still good and those who enjoy romance will like it- a l...moreThis started out very strongly for me and then wasn't holding my interest as much at the end. Still good and those who enjoy romance will like it- a little sad, though.(less)
This book had some of the most gorgeous pictures I have seen in a picture book EVER. The re-telling is a little long but for my older kids the picture...moreThis book had some of the most gorgeous pictures I have seen in a picture book EVER. The re-telling is a little long but for my older kids the pictures were captivating enough for it not to matter.(less)
I agree with many of the other reviewers that there was too much of the mum and too little of the romance. The main characters were great as were thei...moreI agree with many of the other reviewers that there was too much of the mum and too little of the romance. The main characters were great as were their conversations (the few that there were). In fact, the romance felt like a side story. I liked the idea of the plot but not how it was fleshed out. There were about 100 pages at the end when I wondered where Heyer was going with it. This was unusual for this author since she tends to wind things up at the very last moment- as in sometimes there are 2 pages left and I wonder how she's going to get it done.
I did find it odd that even though I would have liked less of Kit's mother I didn't dislike her- and I felt like I should dislike her. Once again I agreed with another reviewer who likened her to an older Lydia Bennett with grown children. After all, I didn't dislike Lydia even when I felt that I should. If that makes sense.(less)
It's becoming more apparent that Christie was tiring of Poirot at this point when he doesn't make an appearance until 2/3 of the way through... she's...moreIt's becoming more apparent that Christie was tiring of Poirot at this point when he doesn't make an appearance until 2/3 of the way through... she's been doing this more and more. Still, an interesting plot that doesn't center around a weekend party in the country or a train/boat/airplane trip.(less)
Super funny. I usually listen to books on double time but Tina Fey speaks so quickly that I listened to this in normal time and even then I finished t...moreSuper funny. I usually listen to books on double time but Tina Fey speaks so quickly that I listened to this in normal time and even then I finished this in one day. In my defense, I did more laundry, stroller pushing and driving that day than usual- all great book listening activities.
Even though I am giving this 4 stars I have to qualify it by saying there was a significant amount of language in this book. She even used a certain word that I don't think I've ever come across in my reading life, which is saying something. I might have read it in Bridget Jones Diary... I can't remember if the Brits use that word...(less)
I read this a long time ago but I remember thinking that even though it had important information in it it was too much reality for me at the moment....moreI read this a long time ago but I remember thinking that even though it had important information in it it was too much reality for me at the moment. I also read it after reading/re-reading everything on my shelves by this author and I think I was ready for something new.(less)
While I really enjoyed this I loved the first book so much it would have been hard to top. I was a bit more on edge (I think, it HAS been a year since...moreWhile I really enjoyed this I loved the first book so much it would have been hard to top. I was a bit more on edge (I think, it HAS been a year since my first read of Book 1) with the story line this time and there were some really good twists. I'm trying really hard not to give anything away here... If you haven't read "Beyond the Wood" I highly recommend reading it. I was not disappointed with this second installment and I will be anxiously awaiting the conclusion.
I kind of wish there had been a little more of Hank and/or his family. But I get it- it was a slow period for him and there were some pretty exciting things going on for pretty much every other character. I really loved some of the new characters (Victoria was a favorite) and I really liked the extra story line following William. It was a little heartbreaking how trouble seemed to dog his steps but it made his happy moments all the sweeter.
History Bonus: I loved reading about Nero who, thanks to the author's blog, I happen to know was a real dog. It was also fun to hear reference to the octagon house which I remember reading up on after looking at a children's architectural book with my girls.
Solid 3 stars. I enjoyed this and I thought it had potential. I'll probably get around to finishing the series eventually. I loved Mayme's narration.....moreSolid 3 stars. I enjoyed this and I thought it had potential. I'll probably get around to finishing the series eventually. I loved Mayme's narration... at times. It felt like she had a really clear voice especially in the beginning and then the voice would get hazy here and there. I wondered at one point close to the beginning if the narrator had changed because the voice was so different. Another reason this gets 3 stars (I liked it, not REALLY liked it) is that I like books in a series to be able to stand on there own. I can understand why sometimes a 2nd book of a trilogy doesn't but the 1st book definitely should have this quality and this book did not.
In the "exciting" parts I was really invested but, ugh, the lulls. The non-exciting parts of a book should still be holding my attention with character development, etc. but that wasn't happening for me. Also, I really didn't like the character of Katie until the very end when she started growing up a little. I understand that a young white girl during this time period would have been sheltered but I don't see why a 15 year old would act like a 4 year old (honestly my 7 and 8 year old daughters were smarter than Katie in the first 2/3 of this book). I also thought it strange that a teenaged female slave would know how to use a rifle. I would have found it much more believable if Katie had taught Mayme how to use one- sheltered life aside.
I'm making it sound like I didn't like this book, but I did. I especially enjoyed the religious aspects and hopefully the second book has improvements in areas that I didn't enjoy as much.(less)
Okay... let's just lay aside all of the ridiculousness (because it's quite rampant) and the fact that this was written by Rush (who has issues leaving...moreOkay... let's just lay aside all of the ridiculousness (because it's quite rampant) and the fact that this was written by Rush (who has issues leaving political agenda out of it which rubs me wrong even when I agree with said agenda) and I will say that I think it's great when ANYONE attempts to make history more interesting for kids. I grew up believing in the happy picture of Thanksgiving that has been fed to kids for (?) X number of years and I don't think it harmed me in the least. In the same way that on some level I still believe in Santa Claus (but not the Easter Bunny, I mean, talk about ridiculous!) I still like to think of the Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down to 100 foot long wooden picnic tables and stuffing themselves silly in joy and thanksgiving.
This was a book club selection and I read it to my kids and I think that was a wise choice. This was really fun to read aloud (the dialogue got pretty silly which translated well in a read-a-loud) however, I'm pretty sure the tone would have driven me nuts if I had read it on my own- like, in my head. A lot of it was pretty far fetched (and I'm not even talking about the time travel or the talking horse) but there was enough good information in there to get my kids excited about visiting Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II this summer (which we are fully intending to do). A fun jump start on history to possibly get kids reading actual history. 5/10(less)
This one started out a little slow for me. I don't love it when an author takes forever getting to the actual murder. However, the ending fitted toget...moreThis one started out a little slow for me. I don't love it when an author takes forever getting to the actual murder. However, the ending fitted together so nicely that it completely redeemed the opening pages.
You really don't need to read further...
It's odd, the last Poirot book I read was exactly opposite... I loved the build-up, the setting and all of the characters so much and then the ending felt so tacked on. Very disappointing. That one (Mrs. McGinty's Dead) got 3 stars but I would say 6/10 and I would give this one 7/10. So I guess it goes to show what ultimately really matters in a mystery for me (even though it's not a big enough edge to change my rating in goodreads ratings). Other goodreaders apparently don't agree with me because Mr's McGinty's Dead has a higher overall rating. I guess I could read the reviews and find out why but I'd rather read another Agatha Christie...(less)
What?!?!? Still not sure if I liked the heroine or not (hated her name- Horatia- awful). She stuttered which was annoying to read but also a little en...moreWhat?!?!? Still not sure if I liked the heroine or not (hated her name- Horatia- awful). She stuttered which was annoying to read but also a little endearing. She was extremely immature which was annoying but also drove the plot in so many ways. I'm not sure how else she could have been written and she was immature in a kind of fun and spunky way. If I was still a teenager I MAY have liked her character better... may.
I loved Rule and how he was always a step ahead of her- very refreshing, especially when my last Heyer was Friday's Child whose protagonist was terrible- I just can't get over how much I didn't like him. There were scenes in this book which I loved so much that -at this point- they are some of my favorite scenes from this author. But the spaces in between the marvelous scenes were so dull... perhaps I just need a break from this genre. Usually the author gives us a little hint about the main characters feelings but Horatia seemed indifferent to Rule until about halfway through which is much too long to leave us in doubt, in my opinion. I mean, you know she's going to... I don't know, maybe I was just being obtuse.
Absolute favorite part of this book was Pelham and his friend Pom. I was laughing out loud which was a first for Heyer and I. He almost bumped it to a 4 for me, but even Pel began to wear on me by the end- which is possibly another sign that I need a break from Regency romance.(less)
Unbeknownst to me when we began reading this book my daughter hid the rest of the Mary Poppins books because she wasn't loving it... by the time we we...moreUnbeknownst to me when we began reading this book my daughter hid the rest of the Mary Poppins books because she wasn't loving it... by the time we were done she was asking if we were going to read the rest because she'd changed her mind. The ultimate test for me with kids books is whether or not the kids like it. My girls did. I didn't love it. It was good but not a favorite. I grew up loving the movie "Mary Poppins" and this book in (almost) no way resembled the movie. This was good and bad. Sometimes a book being so different from the movie means that you can enjoy the book for it's own merits and the movie for it's own merits (Percy Jackson would be a prime example of this for me but I know many people would disagree with me on that. The fact that I saw the movie first may have factored.) This is one of those instances- but I liked the book while I love the movie. If it weren't too late to start a movie I would be headed to Red Box for "Saving Mr. Banks" which I have not seen yet but am now very intrigued.(less)
Sooooo good. Even though a lot of this was really basic I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in nutrition. A few reviewers thought her inf...moreSooooo good. Even though a lot of this was really basic I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in nutrition. A few reviewers thought her information was good but they didn't like her tone... I completely disagree. I enjoyed her personal/blogspeak tone (and I WILL be checking out her blog). I read plenty of books that sound like textbooks- with this kind of topic I liked that she made it lighter even though there were parts where her PhD showed.(less)