I fell in love with this book a quarter of the way through and now that I am done with it, I love it all the more. It was absolutely wonderful and the...moreI fell in love with this book a quarter of the way through and now that I am done with it, I love it all the more. It was absolutely wonderful and the characters were absolutely amazing. Full review is pending!(less)
Title: Honor Bound (galley title The Bastard) Author: Brenda Novak Rating: 5/5
Summary: Set in 1794, Jeanette the daughter of a family dispossessed Frenc...moreTitle: Honor Bound (galley title The Bastard) Author: Brenda Novak Rating: 5/5
Summary: Set in 1794, Jeanette the daughter of a family dispossessed French aristocracy has been married off to regain a bit of wealth for her family, however, her husband is impotent and has made plans to compromise her in the most heinous way in his quest for an heir. Intent on escaping this fate she flees and disguises herself as a boy to stow away on a ship in Her Magesty’s navy. In the same time, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor, the bastard son of a wayward marquise had been raised by a famer and maltreated until he ran away to join the navy. Now, he seeks to captain his own ship, however the presence of Jeanette has him in a quandary. What shall he do? Turn her over or risk everything to save her?
Review: Brenda Novak has spun a stirring tale of intrigue, romance and absolute wonder. The relationship between Jeanette and Treynor is almost entirely typical of all romance novels. However, this story is action packed and absolutely stunning in its imagery.
Jeanette has been married off out of obligation to her family, and having survived France’s Revolution, her family, a member of the dispossessed aristocracy, she is now in England. Still bearing their title, but they are impoverished, Jeanette is determined to relieve the hardships plaguing her family in her marriage to Lord St. Ives. However, there is a hitch in the plan that is over heard by her brother, and causes Jeanette to flee the home of her husband and attempting to get into London where her influential cousin resides.
Lieutenant Crawford Treynor is the bastard son of Lady Bedford, and was raised by a famer who mistreated him and such mistreatment caused him to run away at the age of fourteen and join the Royal Navy. He moved quickly through the ranks from cabin boy to lieutenant, his life had not been easy, but he is a man of honor and has earned the respect of his men. It is while The Tempest is moored in Plymoth that Jeanette learns that it will be sailing for London, she disguises herself as a thirteen-year-old boy and signs on as one of the crew. Two days on a ship to London is easier and a quicker way to travel than any other right?
Extensive background of naval sailing ships of the late 18th century and lots of historical detail woven into the story made this a very entertaining historical romance, though not entirely certain as to the accuracy of the events but it reads quite realisitically, and the love story is wonderful.
Title: Code Name Verity Author: Elizabeth Wein Rating: 5/5 Summary: A British spy plane has gone down in Nazi-occupied France. The pilot and passenger we...moreTitle: Code Name Verity Author: Elizabeth Wein Rating: 5/5 Summary: A British spy plane has gone down in Nazi-occupied France. The pilot and passenger were friends, only one of the girls has a chance of survival, the other has perhaps lost the game before it has even begun. “Verity” has been caught and has been given a choice, reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. Will trading her secrets be enough to save Verity from the enemy or will things end horribly wrong?
Review: Elizabeth Wein has created a visceral read full of danger, resolve and survival that shows us just how far true friends will go to save each other. This outstanding novel will linger with you as the last few pages are turned and the tale reaches its climactic ending.
Two points of view make up this story, the first from Verity’s point of view, and the second from Maddie’s point of view. Learning the story of each girl provides us with the fantastic insight of the life of a spy during WWII even though most of the positions were fictional. The elements of this story are so vivid and realistic, and knowing some of what we know of this time period, it is hard to believe that there is a fictional element to it at all as you read it.
The vivid imagery used by Elizabeth Wein is one that pulls you into the situations of the characters, and you feel like you are suffering with Verity, struggling with Maddie, and trying to survive as a spy during this nightmarish time in history. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves WWII stories as well as stories of everlasting friendship. Comments, Concerns, and Recommendations can be sent to me at email@example.com My reviews can be found in the following locations: Confessions of a Bibliophile Idle Musings and Random Things Cae's Reviews on Smashwords Goodreads.com Profile (less)
Title: The Anatomists Apprentice Author: Tessa Harris Rating: 1/5
Summary: The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the se...moreTitle: The Anatomists Apprentice Author: Tessa Harris Rating: 1/5
Summary: The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man—except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia.
Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir Edward’s corpse. But it is not only the dead, but also the living, to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor’s investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies… (taken from Goodreads.com)
Review: I. Could. Not. Finish. This. Book. Not even if my life depended on it. I could not stand it. Drivel, pure and simple. This book was not worth, in my opinion the accolades that it has received, nor anything higher than a one star rating (and even that may be too high in my opinion). There are a couple of things that rub me the wrong way with this book, and here they are: 1.) The man from Philadelphia constantly called “the New Englander,” if you are from Philadelphia you are NOT FROM NEW ENGLAND. If you are from Massachusetts (holy crap I’m pleased that I managed to spell that right the first time without the use of spell check), Connecticut (this one I butchered and it is easier than Massachusetts), Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine you are from New England. 2.) The Irishman in the story constantly exhibits “Gallic” charm and NOTHING ELSE! Dear god, find something else to describe him please and thank you and save my sanity. 3.) The murder victim, whose skin has turned yellow, is “livid.” Is he really now? Do we even know the definition of this word? Here, let me help you with it: having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise,congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face,flesh, hands, or nails. <- Tell me, does the color blue match the color yellow? No, I didn’t think so. 4.) On the same page a poor man is “distraught” more than once over a socially awkward encounter. Really? Does this need to be done on the SAME PAGE?
These are just a few of the points that rubbed me the wrong way with this book. Also, there seems to always be a “loud clank” made every time there is a chunk of a character dropped into the story. Seriously, I do not know what possessed me to even consider this book, I claim a lapse in my sanity and I will leave it at that. Will not be venturing into this world again, and I didn’t even take home the souvenir T-shirt that they offered.
Title: Beyond the Highland Mist Author: Karen Marie Moning Rating: 5/5
Summary: He is a powerful laird, she a woman of the 20th century that was sent bac...moreTitle: Beyond the Highland Mist Author: Karen Marie Moning Rating: 5/5
Summary: He is a powerful laird, she a woman of the 20th century that was sent back in time by the fae. He wants her, she can’t stand beautiful men and is one of the first people in who knows how long to tell him “no” right from the start. A fun little story truth be told.
Review: I am a fan of historical romances, the time travel aspect is even more of a kicker to me if brought on by some touch of the faery folk. This series reminds me of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series in so much that you’ve a “modern” woman taken from her time and thrust into the more primitive Scottish highlands. Though Adrienne de Simone did not come through at a stone circle like the heroine in the Outlander Series, she was transported from modern day Seattle.
Adrienne’s sudden appearance causes problems for quite a few people, least of all the Laird known as Hawk who has gained his name through becoming a legendary predator on the battlefield and in the bedroom, his conquests are monumental. Each time Adrienne denies him it only strengthens his want for her, his need to possess her and ultimately he does, ultimately there is the romance that is needed between the pair of them. A good first in a series book, and now I must find more of them, because I suffer from MRBIOs (Must Read Books In Order syndrome).
Title: The Sonderberg Case Author: Elie Wiesel Rating: 4/5
Summary: Despite personal success, Yedidyah—a theater critic in New York City, husband to a st...moreTitle: The Sonderberg Case Author: Elie Wiesel Rating: 4/5
Summary: Despite personal success, Yedidyah—a theater critic in New York City, husband to a stage actress, father to two sons—finds himself increasingly drawn to the past. As he reflects on his life and the decisions he’s made, he longingly reminisces about the relationships he once had with the men in his family (his father, his uncle, his grandfather) and the questions that remain unanswered. It’s a feeling that is further complicated when Yedidyah is assigned to cover the murder trial of a German expatriate named Werner Sonderberg. Sonderberg returned alone from a walk in the Adirondacks with an elderly uncle, whose lifeless body was soon retrieved from the woods. His plea is enigmatic: “Guilty . . . and not guilty.”
Review: Elie Wiesel is by far one of the most poignant authors that I have read. I have read and reread his personal account of survival of the Holocaust, Night, and I love it in all its tragic suffering.
This book engages you psychologically and philosophically as you follow the case through the eyes of Yedidyah, who was a literary critic before having to cover the trial of Werner Sonderberg. Sonderberg is accused of murdering his uncle after the pair of them had gone for a walk in the mountains and only Werner returns. His uncle’s body found sometime later crumpled at the bottom of a cliff.
It comes out, eventually that Yedidyah is a Holocaust survivor, having come to the US at age four, and ultimately he returns to the German village of his childhood. His savior was a Christian woman who worked for his mother, raised him as her own which at that time created anger and disrespect toward her in the village because Werner was perceived to be her illegitimate son.
Yedidyah then learns about the events leading up to the death of Sonderberg’s uncle. His uncle was a Nazi, a member of the SS, an officer none the less, and he reveled in the murder of Jews. He has no qualms about his actions, saying that he was creating for the coming generations, the ability to live without the impurity of the Jews. Sonderberg is not pleased, blames his uncle and people like him for the feelings of guilt concerning the holocaust that his generation faces.
This is another dynamic piece of the aftermath of the holocaust, beautifully written.