In my mind, I've read several alternative history books that I absolutely loved. I think? Anyway, the last two I read or tried to read, not so much.
IIn my mind, I've read several alternative history books that I absolutely loved. I think? Anyway, the last two I read or tried to read, not so much.
I really wanted to love this book. The cover is amazing and beautiful, and my book club members that remember the Vietnam era quite vividly admitted that the cover took them back, for a minute anyway.
The idea of JFK serving a third term, and that the Vietnam war was still progressively active due to this fact had a lot of potentials. Unfortunately, I really don't see how either of these impacted the story at all. There was little reference to the point that anything was happening due to the presidency or that the third term of Kennedy made any difference; Something as big as a third presidency term seems like it should hold more weight. Also, what difference did the increase of war years make to the story?
I liked the idea of the folding/unfolding (Ok. It may have been called something else, but I don't have my copy in front of me, and that was how I remember it. Folding up the memories to forget, and the Unfolding the memories to remember.), however, my mind is apparently more twisted than Means, because I was wanting all kinds of plot twists or plot points at all using this idea in the story, but that just didn't happen. (I shared to my book club what I kept wanting to happen. There opinion: Oh, THAT would have been interesting. It's like those writing exercises we did in one of my undergrad writing classes - take a story that you hated and make it to where you find it more interesting. I was always good at those...)
One of the things we talked about, for quite a lengthy time, was the violence in the book. It didn't bother me. (I compartmentalize well, as does my husband, so we don't have a lot of issues that some others have.) It did bother the women that either served and/or had husbands that served during the Vietnam War. Their general consensus: Been there, done that, don't need to read it or live it again. Totally fair.
The idea of my book club is to push our reading boundaries. Sometimes I choose books outside of my comfort zone (Anything that takes place from 1890 - 1995 is iffy for me), or I know will push my members outside of my comfort zone. It's not a requirement to finish the books, although it helps when writing a review or discussing. I am not a librarian that pressures. I haven't finished two of my books and I'm the one that chooses them. All I ask is that when we discuss, you tell us why you hated it so much.
So, my feedback: I was disappointed, and I wanted more from the book. Bookclub feedback: Just didn't like it, and didn't understand why it was an alternative history instead of just a fictionalized historical account. They didn't see the purpose....more
I enjoyed this book. A lot of the information I knew, but the tips on how to present it to your board (or council) are helpful. There's been a bit ofI enjoyed this book. A lot of the information I knew, but the tips on how to present it to your board (or council) are helpful. There's been a bit of a movement in the last couple of years to rethink the way we manage and promote our libraries, and this simplifies the thinking on how to implement parts of this ideology that even smaller libraries will find useful. Ben Bizzle's simplified and direct approach make this book bot only a useful resource, but a quick easy read as well. ...more
I'm not going to give an official review because I inhaled these books a couple weeks ago. I was waiting for Winter to be published before I read themI'm not going to give an official review because I inhaled these books a couple weeks ago. I was waiting for Winter to be published before I read them and decided that I would make Cinder my Librarian's Book Club Pick to give myself an excuse to get it read. I read Cinder on Saturday, Scarlett & Cress on Sunday, and finished Winter off on Monday.
Some members of my book club were really hesitant about this book to begin with, but by the time the meeting came around on Thursday I was happy that they all loved it! My goal with my book club picks is to get everyone reading books they wouldn't normally pick up - at least once. This book surprised everyone, and now they've put the rest in the series on hold. I love it when people find new genres and types of books to add to their reading list!
I love Sarah MacLean's historical romances for their strong female leads and fire. Take this line from one of Sophie's earlier meetings with the MarquI love Sarah MacLean's historical romances for their strong female leads and fire. Take this line from one of Sophie's earlier meetings with the Marquees of Eversley.
You are all I loathe about the aristocracy-arrogant, vapid, without purpose, and altogether too reliant on your title and your fortune, which you have come by without any effort of your own. You haven't a thought in your head worth thinking-as all of your intelligence is used up in planning seduction and winning silly carriage races...
Lady Sophie Talbot's father "won an earldom" through Coal Mining. While the venture brought many members of the ton money - it brought them very little actual respect toward the Talbot family. Their common birth and scandalous behavior made the Talbot sisters infamous in gossip columns.
Eversley, a rogue blamed for many broken engagements, claims he will never marry, and the line will end with him (the marquees is a courtesy title, he's in line for a dukedom) because he blames his father for a tragic accident that killed the only woman he ever loved.
Both Eversley and Sophie are looking for freedom in their own rights; a sense of home that neither one has managed to achieve despite (in spite?) of their infamy. When they are thrown together, there is a constant battle of wills that create a rollercoaster of emotions for the characters and readers alike.
This rating is closer to 3.5 stars than 4, only because there are moments where Eversley really gets annoying. I'm alright with the occasional hero stupidity, but there were a few too many moments in this book that Eversley's behavior just didn't seem to fit with his character that pulled me out of the story.
Sarah MacLean remains a go to author for witty historical romances, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series....more