Hadley is on her way to London to attend her father's wedding and everything is going wrong. She's late, ends up missing her flight, and is stuck wandHadley is on her way to London to attend her father's wedding and everything is going wrong. She's late, ends up missing her flight, and is stuck wandering around JFK until the next flight. The only good thing is Oliver, the wonderful British boy she meets in the waiting area and who ends up being her seatmate for the seven hour flight. They talk and bond all night yet end up losing each other at the airport in London with no ways of contact. Hadley then makes her way to her father's wedding, fighting conflicting feelings of facing her new stepmother and hurt towards her father for his new life. All the while, Hadley wonders where Oliver is and if she can ever find him again.
In the past six months, I've been in a lot of different airports. They've been humongous ones (Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles) as well as foreign ones (extra scary not knowing the language). All I remember about them is A LOT of people, A LOT of madness, and feeling like I was going to lose myself in the huge crowds. Jennifer Smith accurately portrayed the crazyness of airports as well as rush and nervousness of being late and/or missing a flight. Unfortunately, I can't much relate to her her "fated flight romance" scenes, as that has yet to happen to me. I always end up next to old ladies or babies!
It's hard to get a grip on the fact that this book takes place in less than 24 hours yet so much happens and so many miles are covered. It's a pretty basic and predictable story overall, but it was extremely cute and made me smile and tear up plenty of times. Highly recommended for all YA lovers or those who want a quick read while traveling! 4 stars....more
I received Bitter Greens about a week ago in the mail and was pretty worried that I wouldn't get it finished in time. However, even at almost 500 pageI received Bitter Greens about a week ago in the mail and was pretty worried that I wouldn't get it finished in time. However, even at almost 500 pages, I finished it in less than 12 hours! It was simply - and I don't EVER use this word lightly - unputdownable and is already a contender for my favorite book of 2013.
Bitter Greens is a retelling of the fairy tale about Rapunzel, but it still so much more than that. It's the story of three women: Selena, a great Venetian beauty in the early 16th century, who in order to preserve her youthful looks, kidnaps Margherita (of course not named Rapunzel, but that still has a part) in order to feed off of her youth, and Charlotte-Rose, a former lady in the court of French king Louis XIV who has been banished to a nunnery and is having the story of Selena and Margherita told to her. Sound confusing? It may be at first - if you need a better explanation, click HERE for the book's goodreads page. The POVs are not sequential and jump around a fair bit, but soon enough you'll get used to this. Kate Forsyth is one of the most wonderful storytellers I've come across - everything from the decadence of Versailles to the stink of Venice was written so vividly.
Charlotte-Rose's story is by far my favorite. Of course I love reading about kings and their courts, but Louis XIV is one of the best and Charlotte-Rose's role in it all was intriguing. She is a person who really existed and is a wonderful person to read about. She wrote books, was sassy to the king, and rescued her lover by dressing up as a bear. It was interesting to see her change from a fancy, liberal court lady to a humble woman in a nunnery. I can't wait to check out some biographies about her! In all three stories, witchcraft plays quite a big role, and as a historical novel, there is always some danger in those stories. Bitter Greens is a great look into the beliefs and laws of the times. God forbid if you were anything but Catholic in either France or Italy during these times! You'll certainly read about these wars and prejudices as well. I love that I received subtle history knowledge while reading an entertaining story....more