This is the hardest review I've had to write to date. Seriously I just want to expletives ALL OVER this review. Mainly because I don't possess the worThis is the hardest review I've had to write to date. Seriously I just want to expletives ALL OVER this review. Mainly because I don't possess the words to adequately express the way I feel about this book. I really have no idea where to start so Ill start with my beginning.
When I was a kid maybe in second grade or so when we were first learning to write stories they told us, make sure you have a captivating first line. You draw your reader in with that first sentence. I agonized over my first sentences for years usually falling short. I'm quite happy with this first sentence. We were shown example after example. Over the years, I read the first sentence and wonder were these authors taught this as well or did the tides change. But as I cracked the spine a smile overtook my face. The first line got me, from there I was a GONER. Seriously I no longer could control myself. The Nightingale burrowed its way into my soul. I truly believe that. Everyone has that one book that changes their life, that changes the way they see life. The Nightingale IS MINE. I thought I loved books before. I thought I loved reading before. No, that was a play. Whenever I cracked open this book my soul knew. Almost instantly my mood would change, my shoulders would sag and my heart would drop. I felt worry, desperation, despair, and anger. Sure there were times of joy and relief I personally just identify more with despair. Maybe I should tell you a bit about the book, Yes?
Set in ’95 in Oregon as well as the ’40s France. The Nightingale starts with a elderly woman packing up her home. Reminiscing about the past and how she will miss her home, she's sick with cancer and so that her son worries fewer she's moving into an assisted living situation. Cut to France as WWII is beginning Viann is happy she has her husband Antoine whom she adores and their daughter Sophie. Life is good never mind the war chatter. That is until Antoine drops the bomb on her has been drafted and will be leaving for war soon. Her best friend Rachel and her family are facing the same draft. Together the women will take care of their children, continue to teach and wait for their men to return. Isabelle is Viann’s younger sister. Isa has spirit, after their mother died the girls were given up by their father. Isa she just kept running back to him. Unable to accept that he couldnt take care of them. Theres a lot of family history there and im just going to leave it at that.
These women did exactly what needed to be done. The things they did protecting children or allied forces they did because they knew in their bones that what they were doing was right. I cannot imagine living in those times. Watching my family cold, hungry and scared along with survivors guilt or the psychological trauma that was most likely brought on by the Nazis or really anyone with a smudge of power. I UGLY cried several times. I shed many silent tears throughout the story some for no particular reason it just felt the right thing to do so rather than fight it I went with it.
I feel that even with this review I'm still not adequately portraying how AMAZINGLY BRILLANT this writing is.. I thought Firefly Lane was amazing. I have to say multiply it by 10 and then you have The Nightingale. I have so many questions for Hannah, more so about the process, her research, and her mental state. The mental state because I was hyper aware of my mental state and I imagine it was magnified for her, basically I want to confirm the feels!! This book is magnificent, stellar, brilliant, captivating, incredible, marvelous, fascinating, great, amazing and just about every other adjective for superb that you can think of....more
I realized while reading this book that ive totally missed out in reading historical fiction centered around the French Revolution. Madame Tussaud’s AI realized while reading this book that ive totally missed out in reading historical fiction centered around the French Revolution. Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice or MTA (which is what I will now refer to it as because its easier) is set in the midst of the French Revolution and its beautiful. I kind of feel like I was sneakily taught a few things about the Revolution and I love that!
Celie is living on the streets and has for sometime now. She has since her parents died. One for chasing a chicken and the other starvation. The times they weren’t pretty at all. Her life was saved by Algernon, he nursed her back to health and together they rule the world. Just kidding they don’t, they do whatever they can to get by. If it means breaking into houses, pity pocketing or scamming people they will do it. And that’s how we get into trouble. When one of their schemes goes wrong they are caught. Celie’s life is saved only by her ability to draw. Madame Tussaud or Manon as she is referred to in this novel bets against the king’s brother that she can reform Celie. Celie just doesn’t care. All she wants is to get away and back into Algernon’s side. She’s hopelessly in love with him by the way. The thing is he is in love with a ghost. Not like a real ghost but a girl he once loved and carried in his arms as she died. Celie KNOWS this but still it tortures her.
Manon gives Celie a place to live, clothing and teaches her the fine art of wax making. I LOVED Manon. She was so clever! So honest, so real. While Celie was a brat half the time. I really don’t blame her after everything she’s been through and going on, god she’s only 16 shes allowed to be a brat at least in my book. Celie runs away a few times and the last time she convinces Manon to bring her “brother”, Algernon along. And things go well for a while. Oh man, let me back track just a bit here because if I don’t nothing will make sense. At this point in the book, in history the people are starving and well you know how that goes the king and his family live a life of luxury the people want to over throw their king. You remember all this stuff im sure. Now the girl who died in Algernons arms she died as a result of being beaten to death by the kings men. He vowed to get back at them. He is with the rebels, the nationalist. And he’s determined to make those people pay for their crimes. He’s even got Celie to help him. So back to where we were. Things are going good for them they no longer have to steal and cheat people out of money and while Celie is happy learning wax making Algernon is still pissed and looking for his revenge.
Things change when Manon and Celie are called to court. They are called upon by the king’s sister, Elizabeth. Now at Versailles, Celie really gets to see the magnitude of the luxuries to which the court lives by. I think their time at court was my absolute very parts of the book. I was truly transported into the story. I even dreamt about it. I only vaguely remember my dream so I wont share because it will be utter nonsense. The point is the writing is immaculate. Now they are only at court for a short while they leave in quite a hurry when the people really start to move upon Versailles. I don’t think I’m spoiling much with that.
After the nationalist take over things change for EVERYONE. And Madame Tussaud was not immune in fact she was imprisoned as a sympathizer. Something I did not know! The whole story was amazing! So amazing in fact that it took me a few days after reading this book to realize there was no love triangle. Thats right there was no love triangle per se. While there was a few moments where Celie had to choose between her newly formed family and Algernon. There was no other boy for her. Algernon really just pissed me off and never really redeemed himself in my eyes. The lack of love triangle was so REFRESHING! It truly was.
I cannot tell you how much I love this book. The writing was BEAUTIFUL. The characters were so real and honest. Even the jerky ones. The story was fascinating. I simply devoured it and was left wanting more. Since this is a standalone ill have to settle with another book of Kathleen Benner Duble’s but you know what im totally okay with that!...more
I received this book from the author in exchange for my review.. and honestly i will turn around and buy this book because its that amazing and i loveI received this book from the author in exchange for my review.. and honestly i will turn around and buy this book because its that amazing and i love to support my indie authors!
History was always confusing to me.. that hasn't changed.. interestingly enough I love historical fiction.. the story takes place during the war of roses.. something I have limited knowledge of and about 98% of that knowledge I received from other historical fiction works. Although this is my very first supernatural spin. The first few chapters cause my head to swim a bit.. after which I was fused to my kindle.. I have been told that the first few chapters to the book have changed to make for easier reading :D
Told from several points of view the story is centered around a very high ranking vampire Severian Pearce and lady Meridian Neville.. Despite her staking and piercing his heart within minutes of their meeting.. Severian feels a great attraction to her.. He recognizes it as the Red Veil.. An incredibly rare and strong bond between a vampire and a mortal.. However for them it means more.. sooooo sooo soo much more..
Pearce sides with King Henry, the battlefield is a perfect place for a vampire.. While fighting he comes across Meridian (this is where she stakes him) their mutual attraction is undeniable he agrees to help her whilst hes helping her he falls for her and she for him.. Their love is pure, sweet and PASSIONATE.. The desire they shared was astonishing..
Marx did a wonderful job of luring me into the story as a reader i was transported back in time.. I cannot wait for book 1 if the prequel was THIS AMAZING! and left me with my jaw on the floor i can only imagine what the series will do to me/for me!
I am so in love!! Nickolas Gant of Beaux.. My heart swoons and sways for you! And you have officially been added to my list of book boyfriends.. No woI am so in love!! Nickolas Gant of Beaux.. My heart swoons and sways for you! And you have officially been added to my list of book boyfriends.. No worries my love, your in good company..
Oh yeah this isnt about my manizing ways is it.. This about the wonderful novel Timeless By Amy Richie.. Richie is definitely one of my favorite authors.. indie or otherwise.. I just adored willow so I knew Timeless would be amazing.. I really love when im right.. Timeless is so different from what ive been reading.. Its almost like Richie took a chinese menu of themes – characters - and scenarios.. Thankfully she chose the right combo! We've got dystopian.. historical fiction.. romance ( in a clean way for say like teens and what not.. nothing too sexy..) vampires.. werewolves.. (sub) or (super) human.. time travel.. and meteors.. I seriously may be leaving something out..
Eva was created (no she wasnt a test tube baby and shes not a robot.. ) for one things and one thing only to kill Dominick Letrell.. “He is evil and despised among his kind.. He is known only for violence “.. Or so she has been told everyday of her life.. shes survived extreme training.. Shes learned everything there is to know about Dominick primarily his weakness.. Unfortunately I know none of it.. a prequel or #1.5 would be awesome.. to detail his horrible deeds I pretty much need to explanation that in this book :D unless these deeds are detailed in book #2 or #3.. She travels back in time to kill Dominick but things go wrong.. And she looses her memory she meets Nickolas and he cares for her while she struggles to remember who she is where shes from anything.. Little by little she regains her memory.
The beginning of the book im not going to lie was slow and a bit confusing to me.. But when Eva travels back into time things took off from there.. Eventually things in the past make sense.. I totally feel like a broken record but I love love love this book.. I cried like a freaking baby.. and I felt a huge loss when I ended this book only because I dont have book 2 yet.. Yep Nerdgirl problems.. ...more