Utahan writer Lauren Farnsworth Winder’s debut novel “Keeping Kate” takes the beloved classic “Jane Eyre” and spins it on its head.
The novel follows tUtahan writer Lauren Farnsworth Winder’s debut novel “Keeping Kate” takes the beloved classic “Jane Eyre” and spins it on its head.
The novel follows the story of an orphan named Kate, who decides to take a job as a nanny for an eight-year-old girl named Addie. But when Kate meets her employer Tyler, sparks begin to fly—and not the good kind. Kate thinks Tyler is arrogant, rude, inconsiderate, and a terrible father. After all, what kind of father leaves his eight-year-old daughter alone for much of the year? No, Kate absolutely does not like him.
But as time passes, Kate slowly begins to realize that the real Tyler is somebody that she really likes, maybe even loves. A whirlwind romance ensues and everything seems to be going perfectly, until the past collides with the future and leaves everything in ruins.
Unable to deal with the fall-out, Kate runs away and decides to start over. But Kate quickly discovers that it isn’t all that easy to leave the past behind and forgetting those you love is nearly impossible. In the end, she must decide if she’s ready to face her past head-on and claim the future she wants for herself.
University of Utah graduate Winder’s novel is a delightful, inventive retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre. Winder follows the original text quite closely, and yet at the same time adds creative twists and masterfully adapts it to a Latter-day Saints background. The novel follows Latter-day Saint themes and characters. There are no instances of violence, strong language, or sex making this a fun family read that also inspires meaningful discussions on how to deal with loss, disappointment, and faith.
Kate is a fun character to read about. Winder says she wanted to create a character that readers could relate to—one full of flaws and quirks. Winder achieved just that. None of her characters are perfect, and the mistakes they make at times are quite comical. However, the characters are still lovable throughout it all.
Winder’s debut proves to be a witty, fun read that is perfect for fans of retellings and cute chick-lit stories.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligateMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Rachelle wants to save her world, no matter what the cost. And so when a forestborn comes to her and tells her it's possible, she's willing to do anything to fin out how.
And that was what cost her everything. Now Rachelle is a bloodhound, destined to become the very thing she vowed to hunt and to serve the master she wants dead.
But Rachelle isn't ready to give up hoping. She's going to find a way to save her world. When she receives the assignment to protect Armand, suddenly it seems possible. But with unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, Rachelle might just be in over her head.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: What a delightful novel. I adored this book. A retelling of Little Red Riding Hood? I was hooked the second I read that.
I haven't read Cruel Beauty, but I probably will after reading this one. Hodge did an excellent job of creating a world that suck me in right away. Her world building was incredible.
I adored the characters. None of them were one dimensional. They all had many different facets and I loved that. None of the characters were easy to love or hate.
The actual story was addicting and I found myself racing to finish it. In a world of paranormal/fantasy, it's hard to come up with an original plot. Hodge did just that. She created a book unlike anything I've ever read.
A fantastic read that I recommend to readers of all ages, especially fans to paranormal, fairy tale retellings, and just anybody looking for an epic read.
So why 4 stars? It was incredible. I adored it. A book that definitely stood out in my mind.
Warnings/Side-notes: None appropriate for readers of any age.
The Wrap-up: Don't miss out on this one. It's an incredible novel that I absolutely adored. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Disclaimers: I received this as part of the original book tour, but somehow it got lost in the mail, so I did receive aMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this as part of the original book tour, but somehow it got lost in the mail, so I did receive a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the Novel: Addie has wanted to work at the library for years and thinks that she's finally going to be named Assistant Librarian only to be passed up for the arrogant Blake, who hasn't even worked at a library before. Addie is furious and automatically dislikes Blake.
But then she finds out the library is going to be knocked down and then rebuilt. Addie now knows why she was passed up for Blake, but that doesn't make her any less furious.
She's determined to save the library and walk away with her heart intact because there's no way she could actually be attracted to Blake is there.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I hadn't actually really read the summary before going into this book. So I went in without realizing it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. :) However, the fact that it was a retelling was quickly apparent. There were some notable differences in Tristi's re-imagining though, and it stood up on its own merits, which many P&P retellings do not.
What if Elizabeth's dad had actually been out of the picture and Elizabeth had actually liked her mom? What if Elizabeth hadn't been related to Lydia. Add a million more what ifs and you have the intriguing Turning Pages.
To say I'm always skeptical of retellings of Pride and Prejudice is an understatement, but I've also read several that I have loved.
I will admit for the first third of the novel I was thinking I might not love the novel. It was good, but it hadn't completely gripped me yet. But as I kept reading, I became more and more intrigued and I loved the ending.
I really liked Blake from the get-go so that was different than P&P because in that novel I was furious with Darcy in the beginning. Blake was actually just a charming young man who I liked from the beginning. On one hand it was nice, on the other hand I did like to hate Darcy. :)
As for Addie, I actually liked her character. There were several parts where I could find myself connecting with her. If you love reading and libraries, I definitely think she is a character you will enjoy reading about.
Tristi's writing is always fantastic. I've read books by her before (books on finance before for goodness sake and been riveted). Tristi is just a fabulous writer.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? I loved the book. I liked the characters and the way Tristi re-imagined the classic tale of P&P and I thought the setting she chose was fascinating. How many books take place at libraries? In my opinion, not enough. So why a 3.5 out of 5 stars? I just can't look past the first part of the novel that didn't quite grip me.
This novel was closer to a 4 though and there were so many parts that I absolutely love. I'd still recommend it to people who like retellings of P&P or those who are looking for a cute fun read that will elicit a few laughs.
In Summary: Tristi presents a cute retelling of the classic we all love. Her characters are gripping, her plot compelling, and her writing is masterful.
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing this novel is perfectly clean.
The Wrap-up: I love Tristi's voice. Her writing is beautiful and I definitely enjoyed this one. If you like cute novels with deeper underlying themes check out this one.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal ofMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal of Coral Tree prep in LA. The problem is everybody else at her school is the son or daughter of Hollywood royalty. Her mom is the new principal. It doesn't exactly lead to popularity.
And Derek Edwards is at the top of the pack, but when Derek's best friend falls for Elise's sister Julianna, Elise and Julianna find themselves being welcomed into that top pack.
However, Elise is not attracted to Derek. He is a jerk to social outcast Webster Grant and he thinks her family is embarrassing. Elise has to admit there might be some merit on that last one. Her sister Layla has no bounds when it comes trying to impress people or to fitting in. Then there's her mom who seems to fawn over Derek. Yes, they might be embarrassing but she's not about to let anybody else say that.
It's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice so I'm sure you have a few ideas about this one ends.
Going into this one, I didn't actually remember it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I just remembered hearing good reviews about it so I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I glad I did.
LaZebnik's YA debut novel is an epic read. This book had me laughing the whole time. I have read several retellings of Pride and Prejudice but few have been as entertaining as this one.
LaZebnik managed to parallel Pride and Prejudice very well, but also managed to make the story her own. LaZebnik did not just rely on readers knowing the characters in Pride and Prejudice, she infused her characters with their own personality.
This book is a cute read that I'm so glad I read.
So why 3.5 stars? This novel was indeed a cute read. It had me laughing and I loved the characters. It was more memorable than chick-lit novels than I've read in a long time. However, it lacked a deeper underlying message to make this one a 4 or a 5. The writing was beautiful, the book entertaining, and it's one I liked more than a lot I've read, but it lacked that after punch to make it unforgettable.
In Summary: LaZebnik's first YA novel has definitely left me excited to read her next YA novel. Her book offers a cute, fun, and comical retelling of Pride and Prejudice that Austen fans will love. What would happen if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett squared off in high school? Read this book and you'll find out.
The Wrap-up: I really was truly surprised by how much I liked this one. LaZebnik's writing definitely caught my attention and I can't wait to read her sophomore YA novel The Trouble with Flirting. If you like Austen or just like cute reads, then check this one out.
This novel has some crude language and a lot of homosexuality. However, I thought Cunningham did a brilliant job at channeling Woolf. The way he weaveThis novel has some crude language and a lot of homosexuality. However, I thought Cunningham did a brilliant job at channeling Woolf. The way he weaved the three stories together was incredible.
If you are a Woolf fan, check this one out. ...more
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to thank both the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this novel with no expectations. The cover looked intriguing and so I figured I'd might as well read it. But really that was as much as I knew about this one.
I loved the idea of the story and the parallels to 1984. I haven't read 1984 yet, but I feel like those who have would really enjoy the parallels to that book. I've always loved the whole "Persuasion" plot line and this one fit the bill. That was what really cinched my decision to read this one.
I loved the characters Chase and Peyton and thought they were well-developed. I actually liked that the story switched back and forth between the present and the past. However, it resulted in some minor confusion at first. I also loved that we got both perspectives.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. So why three stars?
I felt like the plot was slightly rushed in certain parts where I would have wanted a lot more detail and then I felt like the ending was way too rushed. I wanted the author to slow down and explain what happened and instead I felt like I just got a quick recap. I feel like it would have worth taking a good forty to fifty more pages to flesh that part of the plot out.
However, I really enjoyed this novel and it kept me interested and entertained....more
I picked this up because all of my friends were reading it and the plot line tied into Twelfth Night. I wasn't disappointed.
I liked this book a lot. II picked this up because all of my friends were reading it and the plot line tied into Twelfth Night. I wasn't disappointed.
I liked this book a lot. It's a cute read, slightly predictable but cute. I agree with a lot of other people who said it reminded them of She's the Man. There were definitely some similarities, but not enough that I was annoyed by them.
Natalie is a great character. Witty, sarcastic, comical, nice, and concerned about others. She's also an incredible friend.
Emillo definitely a guy that if he actually existed I might be attracted to myself.
This book definitely was laugh out loud funny. I caught myself laughing at some of her more humorous escapades. Definitely would recommend it for those looking for a light read or a good laugh.
Normally, I'm leery about reading takeoffs on my favorite plays/novels. But this book was an exception to that rule.
I honestly don't know what to thiNormally, I'm leery about reading takeoffs on my favorite plays/novels. But this book was an exception to that rule.
I honestly don't know what to think about this book. I enjoyed reading it mostly becaue I love Romeo and Juliet and found it interesting to learn about all of the versions about Romeo & Juliet. I loved the premise of the story and learning about the history of the Bard's play. So I'll have to say I liked the book for that reason alone.
However, I'm not sure if I liked the modern day story or not.
Either way I did like the book and would recommend it to anybody who loves Romeo & Juliet.
I read this book and found it really cute. It wasn't my favorite, but it had a cute plotline. I am totally obsessed with Jane Austen and found myselfI read this book and found it really cute. It wasn't my favorite, but it had a cute plotline. I am totally obsessed with Jane Austen and found myself sympathizing with the character. It's a cute read. It can easily be read in one evening. It's cute and I'd reccommend just for a light read to almost anybody....more