I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and I've read all of the authors historical fiction books. I find them a brilliant escI really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and I've read all of the authors historical fiction books. I find them a brilliant escape and a wonderful diversion from life as it is today.
They also prove to be pretty educational, I think I learned more about horses from reading this book than I ever found out in my whole life. I had no idea Colic could kill a horse (who knew?)
As usual I found the class system and hierarchy fascinating and the main character in this was so likeable and I was totally swooning over Lawrence. sigh. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century lol
The plot was gripping and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to scream at frustration at the grumpy old lord or being such an old fashioned, stubborn git, though I did feel sorry for him. I'm a romantic at heart so the one thing that does annoy me about these times is the idea of marrying people off for money and status. It's kind of cold and empty. But then women were kinda just property hundreds of years ago. Thankfully, there were some strong women in this book including Martha and the main character; Charlie.
I always look forward to Miss Jensen's books and I can't wait to see what's next. I also now want a Horse. damn. ...more
This was a good book but with several hiccups that stopped it being amazing for me. The idea was brilliant. A prophet who sees the future in the cloudThis was a good book but with several hiccups that stopped it being amazing for me. The idea was brilliant. A prophet who sees the future in the clouds? Original and not stupid because people have looked for shapes in clouds for fun for years so I can see where the good idea came from. The plot itself was pacey and a lot happens in this short book and it kept me reading steady to the end.
My main issue was the connection to the characters, I didn't feel there was enough depth to them and some of the characters seemed a bit underdeveloped in such a way that I couldn't believe in the relationships between them. Mark and Reychel's relationship for example seemed sudden and a bit heavy for the time frame.
I also saw the major plot twist coming a mile off. Maybe I read too much or I'm too much of a forward thinker. It might just be me because lots of people have given this book 4/5 stars.
All in all though I liked it, I'm intrigued enough to one day read the subsequent books to find out what happens. I'm also interested to see if the characters get any more depth. I hope so, because this is a promising start to what could be an amazing series....more
I wasn't impressed with this at all. The only reason it got three stars was for the incredible artwork. This could have been longer and I feel it's aI wasn't impressed with this at all. The only reason it got three stars was for the incredible artwork. This could have been longer and I feel it's a rip-off splitting it across so many volumes.
Don't get me wrong, I love this series and I am eagerly awaiting the next Iron Fey novel, but I won't be reading the rest of the Manga series. Took me ten minutes. That's how short it was....more
I haven't read any historical fiction in a while, mainly because I hadn't found one that interested me. I stumbled upon this in the Oxfam Bookshop (II haven't read any historical fiction in a while, mainly because I hadn't found one that interested me. I stumbled upon this in the Oxfam Bookshop (I love charity book stores, they're fun to explore!)and I bought it without any hesitation because I'd heard of Mary Hooper after reading one of Marie-Louise Jensen's books.
This turned out to be a really good historical read. I was suitably enthralled, disgusted and excited all at the same time. Enthralled by the events going on, disgusted by the plague and how it was dealt with, and excited by Hannah's exploration and adventures in London. The character dynamics were brilliant too, and I loved Sarah and Abby as much as I loved Hannah.
My only niggle was the ending because it was abrupt and I never found out what happened to Baby Grace or Sarah. I know Hannah survives because she's in the next book, but Sarah doesn't go back to London with her. Other than that I loved it, and I will definitely be reading the next when I happen upon it. Mary Hooper is a new author for me but judging from the amount of books she's written I'l be reading them for a long time to come....more
I was conflicted when it came to rating this. Part of me really wanted to drop my rating to 2/3 stars because of the similarities to the Harry PotterI was conflicted when it came to rating this. Part of me really wanted to drop my rating to 2/3 stars because of the similarities to the Harry Potter series. And when I say similarities I mean I thought on multiple occasions: 'I'm sure I read that in harry potter'. There are so many elements the same as well; the magical powers, the school, the three friends, the secrets hidden down corridors and caves and one big bad evil person (with a dodgy name, I might add). You may then be wondering why it got four stars? Simply put this book in it's own way managed to twist into it's own original and weird story that I have come to love from both of these authors.
I can't post spoilers and say what made it so different by the end as it will spoil the book, but needed less to say by the end of the book I was asking myself questions about good and evil, the soul and all sorts of other deep things you wouldn't catch me thinking about this early on in the day. Not to mention i'm curious as to what happens to the Callum, Tamara and Aaron next, because this isn't a clear cut good versus evil story. And who is the true enemy in this? I haven't got a clue really but I'm sure going to read the next book because this is bizarre and it made my brain work in a rather complex and good way.
Woah. I was in two minds about the news there would be another set of books following the study series. Most of me was thrilled but a tiny part of meWoah. I was in two minds about the news there would be another set of books following the study series. Most of me was thrilled but a tiny part of me was worried whether it would make sense because I hadn't finished the Opal Cowan books (Opal's character didn't gel with me very well so I couldn't get into them). I needn't have worried though as there is sufficient explanation to explain the events of the previous books in the study series and opal's series so a newbie would understand, but without it rehashing too much for someone who has read everything.
I loved Yelena's character from Poison Study and I was gutted when Fire Study ended because I wanted so much more of her and Valek (possibly why I couldn't get into the other books with opal in). The plot Shadow study is brilliant and see's Yelena and Valek confronted with completely new situations that ultimately challenge them.
Huge questions are raised and can't of worms opened and lots of questions raised ready to be answered over the course of the following books. Though some of the questions left hanging have left me a bit frustrated, I will definitely be reading the following book. I loved the new characters and I loved Janco's and Valek's point of view in addition to Yelena's.
Also for those who wondered exactly how valek became who he was and how he killed the King of Ixis, there is a lot of flashback and I loved it. Now don't get me started on that cliffhanger! OMG. I need the next book!...more
wow. I laughed. I cried (a lot) and I cheered too! This was everything I hoped it would be and a lot more to. Anna and Kai go from strength to strengtwow. I laughed. I cried (a lot) and I cheered too! This was everything I hoped it would be and a lot more to. Anna and Kai go from strength to strength in this instalment and their love knows no bounds. Such a thrilling and inspirational book and not anything like any air-headed paranormal romances out there.
There is so much more meaning to this book than a lot of others in it's genre and though the part before the end wrenched my heart out and had me in tears, the actual ending more than made up for it. My god. This was well worth the wait.
I'm not gonna post any spoilers so I'll not say much more on here but there are numerous twists, turns and jaw dropping moments. How on earth is Wendy gonna top this?...more
This couldn't have ended the series more perfectly if Sarah had tried. Though I feel like I've been through the emotional wringer and like someones shThis couldn't have ended the series more perfectly if Sarah had tried. Though I feel like I've been through the emotional wringer and like someones shot my soul to pieces with a magical shotgun. But hey, it was worth it.
I swear I cried myself dry at one part in particular, and I mean full on sobbing, not just a few tears escaping. I sounded like I was having a breakdown! On the flip side of this I was laughing out loud for a lot of the book too, because the dialogue between Kami, Jared, Ash and Co was so bloody funny! I can't write too much for fear of posting spoilers but it was an amazing ending and I wasn't disappointed.
Miss Brennan has an amazing talent for writing funny, dramatic, heart-wrenching and beautiful stories that stay with you long after the final page has been turned. I can't wait to discover what she brings out next....more
It's taken me a while to write this review because of various personal issues but here goes! I loved this book to bits! I found this to be a rare andIt's taken me a while to write this review because of various personal issues but here goes! I loved this book to bits! I found this to be a rare and wonderful piece of escapism that sucked me in from beginning to end. As if the story line wasn't enough to draw me in; the descriptions of Niemela and the Mer people made it even better.
Florence was an inspirational character and I felt I could relate to her a lot, It was very easy to imagine how it would feel to be in the background to then be thrown literally in the deep end without any warning (please pardon the terrible sea related pun) I loved reading about her relationship with Rolan; my personal favourite of the two brothers and I can't wait to see how their relationship progresses in the sequel (something I will most definitely reading, i might add).
Filled with action, a bit of mystery, romance and one of my favourite mythical creatures of all time I knew this book would be a fantastic read before I even picked it up and I have to thank the author for giving me the chance to read it. I am currently hounding my sister to read it and now I'm harassing everyone reading this to read it too.
If you love your books filled with mer-folk, strong female leads, with a well thought out plot and romance then this is definitely a book for you and I highly recommend reading it. The writing style is fantastic and at no point (I promise you) will you get bored whilst reading this, something that I find is rare in books today.
The main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoiThe main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoil this book for anyone. This is so much more than a fantasy and it deals with issues that a lot of people won't even consider in there lives, let alone seriously think on or debate.
Having said that this book also struck a personal cord with me because I know someone who is pretty alike to Gene in more ways than one and this perhaps led me to think more deeply of the issues in this book than I more normally would have. Gene and Micah's journey is both harrowing, emotional and truly incredible. The magic of the circus comes to life in all it's beautiful brilliance, making the dark side seem even more shadowy in comparison.
Micah and Gene's story was beautiful told and I have been left longing for another book so I'm hoping to God that there's a sequel. There were so many twists, turns and unexpected events that I was left breathless and I wanted so much to be in that Circus swinging from the trapeze I've been left with so many questions. But most forward in my mind is this: What is inside those Penglass domes? I really want to know. It's killing me not knowing. Maybe that's the curious child in me :)
And what will become of Micah and Gene?! Ah why must I be tortured so? Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. But go read this when it's out. Totally amazing. I am in awe of the author and her writing talent. She hasn't just written a book, she has a created a magical world, fascinating characters and broached subjects in this book that few have dared and she totally nailed it. Brilliant. ...more
This is only the second Amish/Christian romance I have read and I have to admit I will definitely read more of them. In a world where love is complicaThis is only the second Amish/Christian romance I have read and I have to admit I will definitely read more of them. In a world where love is complicated and filled with a lot of betrayal and pain it's refreshing to read a heart warming romance that is purely based on the feelings involved. Having said that, that wasn't the only reason I like reading these sorts of romances. I find there's something comforting about reading about a lifestyle that is much more people focused. In a world of technology it is too easy to forget the people in our lives and forget to talk to them (face to face, not via facebook!) and it was nice to read about such a lovely community where people help each other out during bad times and are always there to lend a hand as opposed to just looking out for themselves.
The romance was beautifully written, it unfolded at such a natural and gentle pace and nothing between Sarah or Levi felt forced; the chemistry was perfect between the two of them. The hesitation for Sarah, after losing her first husband was believable and Levi's commitment to Sarah throughout everything was heartwarming. With a beautiful supporting cast of friends, families and a warm and cheerful sounding town, Hope Springs has made my list of 'fictional places i'd love to visit'. Whether you're reading about the tension between Sarah and Levi, the crazy matchmaking going on between characters or about the Twin's ridiculous pranks this book will keep you engaged.
One final thing I will say about romance novels, is yes, you do know the ending. And yes, if we thought about it we all know who will end up with who by the end of the novel, yet this doesn't take away any of the enjoyment. The reason being is that it isn't the ending that surprises you, but the journey the characters take to get there, and Levis' and Sarahs' journey is not one to be missed. ...more