After reading about 20 pages of this book, I was ready to throw in the towel. I made myself read up to page 100 to see if things ch...moreOh, where to start?
After reading about 20 pages of this book, I was ready to throw in the towel. I made myself read up to page 100 to see if things changed and the story did improve, but not enough for me to rate this book any higher than one star.
I found the writing distracting. The book is set in a village where people speak English or French. Since I live in a city where people speak both languages and sometimes do not notice which language they are speaking, I found that the way this book was written did not seem realistic. I felt as if I were reading a covert French lesson rather than a story. It also felt repetitive since I did understand the French.
Then there are other language issues. Mayhap? Using the word mayhap would make more sense had I a better idea of the time frame of this book. Also there were some inconsistencies as to how people were addressed - Brother, Sister, Soeur, etc. Soeur Manon because she spoke mostly French, but Brother Andre also spoke mostly French and he was addressed as Brother.
Then there's the detail as to the kind of berries. Come on, Saskatoon berries? So I Googled them and found out that they are similar to blueberries and they grow in the prairies. In the US, they are referred to June Berries because, let's just say, it's easier to say and spell June.
I had a feeling that I read this book before. It reminded me of the movie The Village.
I also had difficulty relating to any of the characters. Emmeline is "stained," meaning that she is shunned for the sins of her family, yet she really isn't ostracized or anything. Again, that felt kind of wishy-washy.
For the record, I did finish the book though it was a slog.
Thank you to NetGalley and Amulet Books for a review copy of this book. (less)
Ford Audio BookClub free download 9/11/14. (You need to join the GR Ford bookclub, add the book to your to-read shelf and they'll send you a code to d...moreFord Audio BookClub free download 9/11/14. (You need to join the GR Ford bookclub, add the book to your to-read shelf and they'll send you a code to download). (less)
This is truly an example of a New Adult book done right.
This book did not make me roll my eyes, or make me cringe at insta-luv, or have a ridiculous l...moreThis is truly an example of a New Adult book done right.
This book did not make me roll my eyes, or make me cringe at insta-luv, or have a ridiculous love triangle. Instead, we are treated to a remarkably normal couple who are working hard to put themselves through school. Both have strong goals, and both work so much it's hard to believe that they even have the time and energy to have a romantic relationship. There's Nadia, who lives with three roommates, works in a daycare and goes to school full time studying to become a special ed teacher. Nadia lives upstairs from Ty, nicknamed Hot Ginger by her roommates. Ty is also working full time, attending night school, and is a father to the cutest 4 year old ever. The two are attracted to each other, but there are complications. The buildup is delicious, the couple are perfect for each other, and Nadia does have a life and friends outside of Ty. And did I mention that Sam is the cutest 4 year old ever?
Initial Thoughts: About a 3.5 to 4.0 stars for me and another decent New Adult read. This was a quick read for me and I enjoyed the main characters An...moreInitial Thoughts: About a 3.5 to 4.0 stars for me and another decent New Adult read. This was a quick read for me and I enjoyed the main characters Anna and Drew. The two have a definite chemistry together even though Anna is hesitant to start a relationship with a football star. I liked watching these two work out their feelings for each other. Lots of sexy times too. Full review to come...
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Oh, my. What can I add to the myriad of reviews that has no yet been said?
I've always avoided this series because of its rather hefty tomes. I mean,...moreOh, my. What can I add to the myriad of reviews that has no yet been said?
I've always avoided this series because of its rather hefty tomes. I mean, who has the time to read 800-1000 pages per book, over 8 (and I believe more) books? That's quite the commitment. I then discovered the audio book version of this series and while it took me a little while to warm up to the narrator, I now love listening to her voice and the various voices she does for each character. Let me tell you that this narrator made the book for me. She portrays each character so well, it's almost like listening to a full cast reading.
And let's just take the sexy parts for example - this narrator does a verra sexy Jamie - you ken?
I don't want to go into the plot other than the story moves along well over time and space. :)
By the way, make sure that your Ipod or MP3 player has lots of space because this book ran at about 44 hours.
Initial Thoughts: This was so much fun to read. If you are a fan of steampunk and alternate histories, The Bullet Catcher's Daughter should appeal to...moreInitial Thoughts: This was so much fun to read. If you are a fan of steampunk and alternate histories, The Bullet Catcher's Daughter should appeal to you. Nicely written, fantastic story, resourceful and brainy heroine, and such an interesting world.
The Review: Steampunk and alternate history fans will adore The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter. Set in England, but not really the England that we know from our history lessons, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is the story of Elizabeth Barnabas, a private investigator reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes. Elizabeth grew up in a traveling carnival and was trained to be a master of illusion by her father. Elizabeth spends most of her time as her alter-ego and twin brother Edwin, as it is easier to travel around as a man. There is also a price on Elizabeth’s head as she was to become an indentured servant as a payment for her father’s debts.
I loved the atmosphere of this book. It’s dark. It’s sombre. Even the clothing lacks bright colors. The England of this world is very Victorian. Women wear long dresses and are accompanied by chaperones. No wonder Elizabeth dresses as a man. England is split into two countries – The Anglo-Scottish Republic and the Kingdom of England and Southern Wales.
The world is nicely fleshed out. The author spent a lot of time and research developing the world of The Gas-Lit Empire and the attention to detail is wonderfully done. If after reading the book you still have questions about this world, there is a handy glossary at the end which adds even more details. In fact, I spent a long time perusing the glossary just because it was very interesting.
Each chapter begins with a quote from The Bullet-Catcher’s Handbook. I think that I enjoyed these the most because they gave a glimpse of the world that Elizabeth grew up in. Here’s an example of the wisdom from the pages of this book:
“To perform the impossible is to show that you have mastered trickery. But to perform the improbable is to leave a suspicion of genius.”
Elizabeth was a perfect heroine. She is resourceful, street-savvy, and she always had her wits about her. Think of how hard it must be to live a double life – Elizabeth did it extremely well.
Oh, and did I mention that there are airships in this book? Yup, airships!
The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is a fantastic story, complete with a richly detailed world, colorful characters, and interesting contraptions. The writing is wonderfully done and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Unseemly Science, scheduled for release next August. More, please!
Thank you to NetGalley and Angry Robot for a review copy of this book.