Kate & her sister Georgia have been recently orphaned when their parents were in an...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost
Kate & her sister Georgia have been recently orphaned when their parents were in an accident. They are relocated to live with their grandparents in Paris. While Georgia is living up the party lifestyle to try and forget the pain, Kate has a different grieving process. She buries herself in books and museum visits by herself until she catches the eye of a handsome Frenchman by the name of Vincent. After witnessing an unsettling event involving Vincent and his friends, Kate discovers he’s a revenant, one who is destined to keep saving the lives of others forever. Him and his kind are faced with their evil counterparts and Kate must decide if her feelings for Vincent are worth her safety and life as she once knew it to be.
Set in the present-day, Die For Me holds an old world quality to it as well. Vincent’s chauvinistic gestures from an earlier time mixed with Kate’s modern-day personality is a nice metaphor to the old and new of Paris. Although I personally found some of Vincent’s gestures to be a bit over-the-top cheesy, I merely attributed that to his character and his history. Plum has created a diverse group of distinct characters with very likable (and unlikable) personality traits. The story of the revenants is such a unique take on the often-saturated paranormal genre. What a breath of fresh air to not always read stories revolving around vampires!
Plum’s writing of this beautiful setting is descriptive and transports you right into the scene that Kate is experiencing. When she’s sitting at a café reading a book, you feel like you’re right there next to her, seeing what she’s seeing. Filled with romance, action and a touch of the paranormal, Paris is the perfect location for this story.
Katey Kontent is in her 20's, living in the 1930's of bustling New York City. Shar...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on the blog Just a Lil' Lost...
Katey Kontent is in her 20's, living in the 1930's of bustling New York City. Sharing a flat with her good friend Eve, they meet a charming ingenue named Tinker Grey at a jazz bar one evening. From the moment that this trio meet, it's a whirlwind friendship full of complicated feelings. Working in a law firm's secretarial pool, Katey has dreams to become more and her ambitions and growing network open up a world of possibilities. As she climbs the social (and career) ladder, Katey gets a taste of how things can be if you're successful, and how some things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface.
The story begins many years down the road, as Katey is wandering an art gallery and spots her old friend Tinker in one of the art pieces. Thus begins a trip down memory lane, which was quite an adventurous journey. I had heard great things about this book, and with it being set in New York City with a female main character coming up in her own light, it definitely caught my interest.
Unfortunately, it was a bit difficult for me to stay focused on. There was a lot of dialogue, and with the way conversations were formatted in the book (using dashes rather than quotation marks) I felt it a bit confusing to follow. At times, it took me a moment to realize it was still the same person that was talking, or it had switched to the narrative in the same line and actually no longer what was being said out loud. Not necessarily difficult to figure out, but it did make for a more disjointed read, not flowing as easily.
I did feel that the three main characters, plus a few of the supporting cast, to be very strongly developed. There was often times that I really did wonder why Katey would be friends with someone as seemingly aloof and flaky as Eve. Whether that was the author's choice or a statement on the personality of Katey, I'm not sure. With a myriad of characters though, I felt it a bit confusing as to who was who, since some important characters were introduced so fleetingly and some that seemed to have a significant moment with Katey are then never to be mentioned again. There was one plot point in the last quarter of the book that I thought was headed towards a "The Help" moment, and there was some promise to that but was then dropped from the story. I wish that scene had happened earlier in the book, to allow for more development on it but perhaps the vision for this book was more about the web of characters, and Katey's career was just a subplot.
Setting that aside however, I did enjoy the time and place that Rules of Civility was set in. The 1930's were a very distinctive period in time and seeing that through the eyes of a woman growing up in one of the busiest cities was quite interesting. The premise of the book is definitely what sticks with me more than the individual characters' lives.(less)
In a futuristic society, everyone is divided into 5 factions which form the basis and g...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost
In a futuristic society, everyone is divided into 5 factions which form the basis and guidance in which they must lead their lives; of honesty, intelligence, bravery, selflessness and peacefulness. These factions were set up to maintain order and upon turning 16, an aptitude test is administered to the young people in the society to determine where they belong in society. Beatrice Prior has never felt like she belonged in the faction that she was raised in, and after the results of her test are announced, she discovers the reason why – she might not belong to any one group alone. Once Beatrice makes her choice, she must live up to the expectations and live with the decisions she has made while realizing that the harmonious society that she’s grown to know isn’t all that it seems.
Like with another highly recommended book, I can’t believe it took me this long to get to Divergent – what a phenomenal read. Roth is well-versed in the world that she’s created and satisfyingly sets up the first in a trilogy. There were times that I felt it reminded me of a mix of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Not in the story context (and I’m by no means directly comparing these three books), but certain elements of it – such as being divided up into factions (“Houses”) that are so distinctive, the “new kids in school” feel to groups of characters, or the intense training that the new initiates go through, definitely gave a familiar nostalgic feel to the previously aforementioned books. While it did take me a little bit to grasp & remember which faction meant what virtue, Roth does a subtle but steady reminder of what is what to help the readers be completely immersed in her story.
I also loved that Beatrice is such a strong character in the book. Her personality and relationships with those around her drive the story of the book as much as the plot itself. She’s a regular teenage girl with complicated and confusing feelings to her family and friends, especially under such stressful situations.
Overall a fantastically captivating read. At just under 500 pages, I was surprised how quickly I flew through this. Thank goodness I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out! If you haven’t read Divergent yet, what are you waiting for? Don’t make the same mistake I made by waiting so long to get to it!
Christine suffers from a rare form of amnesia after an accident from many years ago. E...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Christine suffers from a rare form of amnesia after an accident from many years ago. Each day, she wakes up with no memory whatsoever of the days gone by. Each day, her identity and her past experiences are a mystery to her and each day her husband reminds her of what her life is like with painstaking repetition. As she undergoes treatments with a doctor, Christine begins to wonder if her loving husband is telling her the full story.
Reminiscent of the 2000 movie Memento, Christine’s life is pieced back together before our eyes. Mostly told through her own journal entries, we learn about her past at the same time she is. I was very curious as to how this whole book would play out. Would it be repetitive, having to re-live each day with the main character? No, not at all. Watson is extremely good, and careful, about not reiterating too much of the same thing.
The growing sense of urgency that is established also played really well into the narrative. We needed to find out what happened to her, we had to find out what these other characters’ motivations were. Seeing the world through an amnesiac’s eyes, is not only frustrating but also eye-opening. Even without the catalyst of an accident or traumatic event, many families that have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s go through a similarly repetitive motion, potentially many times a day. Getting a real sense of Christine’s confusion with each day that she wakes up not knowing who or where she is, it’s a horrifying thought to imagine someone going through.
Never knowing quite who to trust, Before I Go To Sleep leads the readers on a page-turning mystery that will leave you racing to find out what happens. What I initially thought was a regular drama, this book ended up being one of suspense and mystery. I had already heard many great things about it, but it still surpassed my expectations. Fantastic read.(less)
To her best friend at school, Karou is just a regular gir...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)
To her best friend at school, Karou is just a regular girl with blue hair, fills her sketchbook with amazingly imaginative drawings and often disappears on mysterious errands with no notice. What Zuzana doesn’t realize is just how different Karou’s life really is. When Karou is sent to Marrakesh on one of her errands, she finds herself in the middle of some commotion that breaks out and comes face to face with Akiva, a stranger with a fiery intense stare. The chaos in the market is part of a larger war among worlds that is about to begin, and Karou finds herself caught up in the middle of this battle and slowly realizing that her closest ally is also one she has been brought up not to trust.
What a beautifully written book. Taylor’s style is so poetic and descriptive, elegant and eloquent. The depictions of all the characters and the setting of Prague makes you feel like you were walking the streets with Karou. However, it might have been too descriptively written for me – so much so that it distracted me from focusing on the story itself. I felt myself lost in all the beautiful language and imagery to really follow the plot at times.
A story about angels & demons, Daughter of Smoke & Bone has a nice twist, allowing those lines to be blurred of who or what is considered good or evil. The story has a very old-world feel to it and I often found that it was actually set in an older time until mentions of technology brings me back to the present day. Approximately the last 1/4 of the book feels like a completely different novel. Understandably, this portion is to tie up and explain a lot of what was going on but it felt so disconnected from the rest of the book that you almost forget what had happened before.
That being said, I do acknowledge and appreciate the imaginative story and wonderful narrative that Taylor has created. Of all the beautiful things written in these pages, one particular quote stood out to me. It is such a profound line that really made me stop & reflect on the truth of that for so many people.
“You really think joy is easier to come by than pain? What have you had more of?”
For me, this book was a 3-star up until the latter part of the book where things were coming together, bumping it up half a mark. I like a good, interesting reveal.
Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter. Ever since his father died on the job, he has taken on t...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter. Ever since his father died on the job, he has taken on the role of “killing” ghosts that won’t, or can’t, move on. After getting rid of a ghostly hitchhiker, Cas and his mother pack up and move to Thunder Bay, a city in northern Ontario, to chase a lead that Cas received. The lead was to hunt down Anna Korlov, a young girl who was killed on her way to a dance and now spends her afterlife decimating, without a trace, anyone who steps into her former home.
The whole time leading up to reading Anna Dressed in Blood I had thought the main character was a female. I’m not even exactly sure why I had that impression, but I was definitely surprised that “Cas” is a guy. The dynamic that Blake has established between Cas and his witchy mother is great. The narrative shows their unconventional lifestyle in a unique way and I loved that. It’s not often that there are many YA books that have a mother/son dynamic as loving and understanding as this. I suppose with the manner that Cas’ father had died, they would have to have an open mind about this sort of paranormal thing. Foregoing the familial factor, I also enjoyed that the main character was a male, written by a female. Of the YA books that I've read, it was often starring female leads and many male characters were written by male authors.
Blake is also exceptional at painting a fantastically horrific picture of what is going on. It’s easy to fall into clichés with ghost stories and her imaginative descriptions are not only frightening but, at times, absolutely grotesque. While some characters definitely have the potential to be further developed, the ones she did explore are quite well established. As the reader, you get a sense of who Cas is and what his motivations are.
While there is a touch of romance, it’s not necessarily the main focus of the book. It is the ghost stories that drive this tale, and Anna Dressed in Blood is a good ol' fashioned scary story - and I absolutely love that.(less)
A sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein spends his privileged life being home-school...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost...
A sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein spends his privileged life being home-schooled with his twin brother Konrad and cousin Elizabeth. Often accompanied by their family friend Henry, the foursome spend their days playing and exploring around the Frankenstein estate when not learning from their father. When Konrad suddenly falls seriously ill, the remaining three companions stumble upon an old library full of strange languages and recipes. They are convinced that if they manage to figure out how to concoct the Elixir of Life, it will save their friend. The trio must race against time and danger to gather the only 3 ingredients required, before it's too late for Konrad.
This book has so much of what I love that I'm kicking myself for how long it took me to get to it. A touch of alchemy with a dash of action and adventure, this book was reminiscent of
if Harry & the gang were a rebellious trouble-making bunch. (Well, I guess that can be debatable...) There were so many moments in This Dark Endeavour that brought back great memories of the J.K. Rowling series, from the 2-guys, 1 girl dynamic to the strange creatures and alchemy "magic" that are encountered. There is that same sense of peril & mystery-solving in a more-than-meets-the-eye kind of world.
The depiction of the brother dynamic was also really well executed. The love/hate relationship that Victor and Konrad have with each other feels so real. Whether it's competing with one another to intense jealousy to unrequited brotherly love, anyone with a sibling, let alone a twin, can attest to having at least some of those emotions about each other at some point. I felt this sibling love/rivalry that Oppel described was so well played where siblings can be angry and fight about anything but as soon as something jeopardizes that, blood always comes first. Another major topic of This Dark Endeavour was the debate between science vs faith, which I likened to the long-running theme on
. With Victor's desire to find a solution rooted in alchemy to cure his brother, Elizabeth was equally as passionate in praying for Konrad's health at mass. Oppel lays out both arguments in a fair manner, not necessarily leaning towards one way or the other which allows the reader to take from it what they will. Rather than make a potentially controversial declaration that one was more correct than the other, Oppel shows the highs and lows of both sides.
Once again, drawing from another literary source comparison, I loved that this was a backstory to a pre-existing, well-known tale. I thought of Gregory Maguire's
, where everyone thinks they know the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, but Maguire illustrates so much more depth and history to Elphaba. Oppel achieves the same effect with this book, giving new life and backstory to the man who eventually creates Frankenstein's monster. A fantastic beginning to an edge-of-your-seat series that will leave readers gasping with shock and crying out in surprise. (less)
Mara wakes up in the hospital after an accident that kills her friends. She has no mem...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Mara wakes up in the hospital after an accident that kills her friends. She has no memory of the incident and in fact, isn’t even sure of what her real name is. When her family relocates to Florida to get away from the tragedy, she tries to fit in at the private school that her and her brother are enrolled in while dealing with the flashbacks and nightmares. Attributing them to PTSD, Mara is reluctant to take meds or go through therapy until her hallucinations keep coming more and more frequently. What she uncovers about herself and her involvement with the accident leaves Mara and her new love interest stunned.
To be honest, I didn’t know too much of what the book was about. The book jacket synopsis is mysteriously vague and the gorgeous cover gives the impression of something to do with water. I don’t often like going into a book with no idea of what was going on but it worked out well in this case. I liked the mystery aspect to the plot and the uncertainty of what happened with her friends coupled with her eerie hallucinations kept me hooked. I’m conflicted on my thoughts of Noah, the love interest. While I am often partial to the bad boys, a lot of his actions seemed so contradictory & over-the-top to his bad boy label that I found myself rolling my eyes at times. The extravagance of his gestures sometimes seemed a bit contrived and I found the tour of his house a bit “Edward Cullen-esque” in its opulence. That being said, Noah is quite the charming character and, cheesy or not, he’s an interesting one to keep your eye on.
While I did really enjoy the story, one brief detail stuck out at me right from the first page that I couldn’t shake the whole way through. (view spoiler)[The book begins with a “handwritten” letter from Mara Dyer indicating that her lawyer asked her to pick a name since she couldn’t remember anything. So it’s established before the story even begins that Mara Dyer is not her real name. But right from the first chapter where she’s playing with a Ouija board pre-accident with her friends, there is so much emphasis on the fact that Mara is her name. I kept waiting for something to tie in that first handwritten page with the rest of the story since there was SO much attention to her name, whether it was how people pronounced it or how her parents were Mr. & Mrs. Dyer. I kept hanging onto that the entire way, wondering how that was going to loop back around with the way the story was going. (hide spoiler)]
Setting that aside, however, I thoroughly devoured this book. I couldn’t put it down and needed to keep reading until I found out what was going on. Sometimes, you just have eto suspend your disbelief and enjoy an entertainingly creepy read. One good thing about waiting so long to get to this one is that I don’t have that long to wait for the sequel!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Jacob has grown up with his grandfather Abe’s outlandish stories and had become more a...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Jacob has grown up with his grandfather Abe’s outlandish stories and had become more and more skeptical as he got older. When Abe dies in a bizarre circumstance, Jacob tries to piece together his grandfather’s life and have some closure with the traumatic event by travelling to the island that Abe had grown up on.
The most striking thing about this book is that the story is written from actual bizarre black & white photographs. The origins and circumstances behind these pictures may be known or not, but Riggs has concocted an amazingly fluid narrative that ties these together. It was amazing to think that these photos actually already existed and weren’t taken for the purposes of the book.
I actually had no idea what to expect with this book prior to picking it up. The cover looked creepy, and I was intrigued. The story that develops between the covers is so well thought out and so much more than just a collection of “bizarre photos”. I felt it a bit reminiscent of Big Fish, where one may think another’s stories have been so embellished through the years that the truth of it has been lost. That journey to find the origin of those outlandish stories is what Miss Peregrine’s reminded me of.
The cast of personalities that Riggs has created are so vivacious and full of character that they really fit with the images. You felt like you were actually seeing photos of the people he was describing. While the plot does take an unexpected turn, a twist that’s even stranger than the photos, it does leave it open for a future installment, which is tentatively slated for June 2013.(less)
Fifteen year old Katelyn is found dead in the bathtub on Christma...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Fifteen year old Katelyn is found dead in the bathtub on Christmas evening, a still-plugged-in espresso machine lying in the water with her. The circumstances surrounding her death are up for speculation, whether it was an accident, a suicide or a homicide. Hayley and Taylor, twins that possess a psychic ability of sorts, feel strongly that their old friend didn’t kill herself and set about trying to solve this mystery.
I often give many books a chance and I wanted to like this one so much. I love a good creepy mystery with a paranormal twist, even with the true crime factor to it as well, but this one just fell flat. The characters were not very well developed and there seemed to be so much detail on irrelevant things, like tangents that went into so much detail about how one guy loved his wife’s planked salmon. All the people in the town of Port Gamble felt like caricatures, painting the teenagers in such a superficial and frivolous way.
Like Kevin Ryan, the twins’ father in the story, Olsen is also a true crime writer and father of twins. Perhaps he was pulling from his own experiences in writing Envy (a true-crime writer, writing about a true-crime writer, writing about true crime!) I haven’t read Olsen’s other novels, but this being his first YA novel, I hate to say that it really shows. At first, I commended him on the specific detail and brand name references that he worked into the story as if to entice the younger generation, but what lost me was the attempt at teen text speak. The texting seemed so excessively truncated for the sake of making it look like how teenagers would text.
MIGHT NOT ACT BUT I AM. DON’T DO WELL. MAKS MY IZ PUFF ^ N L%K EVN SMALR THN THYRE.
Actual quote. One of many similarly written “texts” which were painful to decipher.
The twin psychicness was bizarrely established and really vague in how it played out. Without giving anything away, the whole resolution of all the loose ends seemed unexplained and quickly brushed under the rug. Oh, that’s a problem? Nope, not anymore. (view spoiler)[I mean, even the whole espresso machine in the bath tub was glossed over. No reason WHY there would be coffee machine in the bathroom to begin with, but you're just expected to believe it and she grabbed for her towel and yanked it down into the tub with her?! Oh. Okay. (hide spoiler)]
While the main plot was “pulled from the headlines” of an actual story, the main redeeming quality that kept me reading was solving the mystery more than the paranormal factor. I liked that Olsen tackled the very timely topic of cyber-bullying and how twisted and cowardly that can be. I commend him for showing the outcomes of what those actions could lead to but I definitely felt that this could have been an even better book without the paranormal twist, focusing just on the cyber-bullying.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Under the pretense that she is leaving New York to meet up with her brother in Londo...moreThis and my other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Under the pretense that she is leaving New York to meet up with her brother in London, Tessa Gray finds herself kidnapped by ones who call themselves the Dark Sisters, and with no sign of her brother. She soon learns of abilities that she didn't know she had and eventually manages to escape, only to discover more about London's mysterious Downworld than she had wanted to. Faced with the realization that her brother's disappearance might be related to this underground network of vampires, warlocks and demons, Tessa turns to the Shadowhunters - those who dedicate themselves to keeping the supernatural beings in line. The Shadowhunters vow to track down Tessa's missing brother, with the hopes that she will use her powers to aid them in their quest to take down the one behind all of it.
Honestly, I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally read Clockwork Angel. As its a prequel to The Mortal Instruments series (of which, I've only read the first one of), I thought I'd have to read that series first. While I thought City of Bones was okay, Clockwork Angel completely blew me away. Being close to 500 pages, it was an easy well-paced read. I loved the old London world setting and, touched with a paranormal aspect, it made this an interesting story right up my alley. The plot points with its twists and turns are well established, leaving room for further potential development in subsequent books. I did find the character of Henry reminiscent of Arthur Weasley (of Harry Potter fame).. redhead who's fascinated by gadgets and inventions.. On a purely superficial note, I absolutely adore the cover of the book (<3 Will) ;)
Dash is wandering the shelves at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City when he comes ac...moreThis, and other reviews, can be found on Just a Lil Lost
Dash is wandering the shelves at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City when he comes across a mysterious red notebook. The notebook has a set of clues that lead him on a scavenger hunt throughout the store. Thus begins a fun game among two teenagers – strangers to each other yet sharing more personal thoughts than they had ever shared before to anyone else. A kinship develops as they get to know each other through their notebook messages left throughout the city for the other to find.
I absolutely love New York and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is an ode to this bustling city filled with both popular and lesser-known sites. Told in alternating points of view, starting with the days leading up to Christmas, the reader is taken on a tour of the city through the eyes of these two new friends. I did find the narrative to be a bit juvenile at times, so it was all the more startling when the f-bomb got dropped in a couple instances. Also, another slight tidbit I found a bit odd was the mention of Boxing Day. Considering the number of times I have been asked by my American friends what Boxing Day was, I was surprised to see one of the characters mention it – let alone wanting to celebrate it!
Setting that aside however, this book was quite the entertaining read. Taking place in the span of 10 days leading up to New Year’s, it’s the perfect quick read for the holiday season!(less)
The Woman in Blackis about a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is tasked with travelling t...moreThis and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost
The Woman in Black is about a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is tasked with travelling to a remote town to close up the affairs of Mrs Drablow, a reclusive old woman who has passed away. He encounters mysterious and inexplicable occurrences on the grounds and is faced with evasiveness from the townspeople who don't want to discuss the strange woman.
Originally published in 1983, it's found a resurgence with the new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. At a surprisingly short 200 pages, The Woman in Black was a quick read yet, in spite of that, I found myself having trouble getting through it. It wasn't necessarily the old Victorian-style language (as I'm used to reading historical fiction) but something in the way the narration was written and phrased, I found myself zoning out and losing focus - and then subsequently having to reread passages over again.
The story is fairly simple, a typical set-up for a good ghost story and Hill accomplishes the mood setting. However, perhaps due to the length of the book, I felt that all the eerie moments could have had more development and build up. There seemed to be a longer section of book dedicated to getting Arthur to the point of being at the old woman's house than all the actual creepy, ghostly stuff that is to happen. When it does happen, it's very "all-at-once" and then it's over. It ends fairly abruptly and leaves you wanting more. I wanted more development of the haunted house, more about the eerie town and its inhabitants, more about the life of Arthur. There is so much potential with this story, that I felt Hill may have missed the mark on really fleshing out the narrative.
Nonetheless, I love a good ghost story - and this definitely has its ghostly moments. I'm excited to check out the movie and, admittedly just based on the trailer, it looks like it'll be a lot scarier than the book was.
Hadley first met Ernest Hemingway at a friend’s party when he was just a young budding...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost
Hadley first met Ernest Hemingway at a friend’s party when he was just a young budding writer. A whirlwind courtship began and they soon found themselves living the life in Paris, surrounded by fellow writers and mentors. As Ernest works hard to make a name for himself, he stops at nothing to gain that success – regardless of the bridges he burns and the people he hurts.
Whether you know much about the man himself, Ernest Hemingway is a household name. However, fewer people know about Hadley Richardson, and McLain does a great job of shedding light to this woman who was not only a wife but a muse to the famous writer. Admittedly, I didn’t know much about either of these characters, so The Paris Wife allowed me to get to know both of them. With no preconceived notions of what Hemingway was like, I found this factual/fictional account to be quite eye-opening. As the saying goes, there’s always two sides to every story. My lack of prior knowledge of Hemingway may have hindered some aspects of the story, where I might not have grasped the significance of the people or the moment in the scene, but I merely looked at it as part of the overall picture.
McLain’s writing is eloquent and beautiful, a fitting narrative for the time period and setting for this novel. She tells a strong tale of young unrequited love developing into the later bickering married life. Even though I gathered what the end result of the story would be, the journey that lead to that point is all together satisfying. You feel, as the reader, that you’re growing with this young woman as she comes into her own and seeing the world through her eyes. You experience her joys and anguishes, her trials and tribulations; seemingly all from the vantage point of her memoir.