Esther has always been one of the more badass biblical babes that I liked as a kid, and I really loathed sunday school. So I thought, Hey why not requEsther has always been one of the more badass biblical babes that I liked as a kid, and I really loathed sunday school. So I thought, Hey why not request this from Net Galley? It wasn’t printed by a Christian publisher and the author acknowledges that she is Jewish so what the hell, let’s give it a whirl.
This book was surprisingly addicting!! I say surprising because I honestly did not expect to get sucked into what essentially is a Fan Fiction of a bible story. And as far as I can remember, it sticks pretty closely to the original story too. Then again the original is still pretty dang juicy as far as bible stories go so I don’t think it needed that much padding anyway. Not that this novel did!
It’s also really visual in that the descriptions are really well done and really allow you to immerse yourself as much as possible. All the minor characters, at least in my opinions, are really fleshed out too. The main characters aren’t too out of place either. Definitely worthwhile for a lover of historical fiction.
WARNING: There is a sex scene a little more than half way through (55%) and about 3/4s through (72%) and thankfully neither are too graphic. I kinda dislike reading sex scenes because they are almost always so corny and just make me laugh and ruin the tone of the story for me. On top of that, they are unnecessary!
Honestly this book was such a surprise to me. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I mean, it is a biblical retelling and the only other one I have ever liked was The Prince of Egypt!! And the Rugrats Special.
But still! This was so fun to read and so engaging!! It had consistent dialogue and it wasn’t too out of character or out of place either. I mean as much as you can for a story set in 770 BC in Ancient Persia. I totally thought the side plot would end predictably and even though it kinda did, it wasn’t as illustrated as I thought it would be. Which I feel was much better!! Better as it was part of the story, it wasn’t entirely necessary so to fully illustrate it would have been excessive, in my opinion.
I’m giving this book a 4 not a 5 rating because I can’t see myself re-reading it or being like, HEY YOU! YEAH YOU CROSSING THE STREET! YOU NEED TO READ THIS! But it’s definitely a book I’d recommend to fans of historical fiction or someone who enjoys reading about famous historical people (that have artistic liberties taken with them). Also other Jews like myself who are tired of reading about stories set in 1912 – 1945 that are super tragic, ya feel me???
I went into this book knowing NOTHING. I didn't read any summaries about it partially because I forgot and I didn't want to.
I AM GLAD I DID. This gavI went into this book knowing NOTHING. I didn't read any summaries about it partially because I forgot and I didn't want to.
I AM GLAD I DID. This gave me almost the same feelings I had after reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I say almost because towards the end after a Big Reveal, I felt that part of the magic of the story died.
Although that might have been because I read like 80% of the book in one sitting and then the rest a day later. That being said, it's still a superb book that will keep you totally enchanted. I was so sucked in I didn't even notice the people around me!!
It's also super beautiful with golden edges on every page and the cover is sososo pretty. ...more