This is probably one of my favorites from Jude Deveraux. I loved learning more about her fictional Montgomery family from the Colonial Era, but I have...moreThis is probably one of my favorites from Jude Deveraux. I loved learning more about her fictional Montgomery family from the Colonial Era, but I have to admit, I have a weakness for history from that time. Otherwise, it's fairly well written and the story captures the imagination fairly well.
One word of warning however, there are some circumstances that require a pretty hefty suspension of disbelief.(less)
The first book where Rick Riordan gets to show off even more of his substantial classical knowledge - amazing. My words and thoughts are not coherent,...moreThe first book where Rick Riordan gets to show off even more of his substantial classical knowledge - amazing. My words and thoughts are not coherent, so please bear with me.
I liked reading about Jason and Camp Half-blood, and I obviously loved all my favorite characters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I love, love, love seeing Percy in Camp Jupiter. Riordan's interpretations and modernizations of Lupa, Roman government, and the Roman faces of the adapted Greek gods are insightful and memorable.
Needless to say, I will most certainly be continuing to read this series.(less)
Whenever I'm asked which of Tamora Pierce's series I like best, I always say the Immortals Quartet. I'm not sure if that's true... in fact, while I'm...moreWhenever I'm asked which of Tamora Pierce's series I like best, I always say the Immortals Quartet. I'm not sure if that's true... in fact, while I'm reading her other works, in that moment, that particular story is my favorite. Likewise, Protector of the Small is my 'least favorite' until I read it, at which point I box my own ears and wonder how on earth I could have thought that.
Anyways, I do love Wild Magic. It's a perfect introduction to Daine's adventures in learning how to control her magic and find a place in the human world. Fabulous new characters are introduced, and we are visited by some old favorites (Alanna! Jonathan! Raoul! :D).
As always, Pierce's mastery of wit and and spoken language transforms a good plot into a magical tale worth rereading and loving for a lifetime.(less)
While I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in...moreWhile I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in historical fact) rules of Miss Hepplewhite, and the unfortunate morals of William Baldt, to the unconventional love of an unconventional father and the romanticized realism of Jesu Scudder, the story is insightful and entertaining.
As a young child I read historical fiction almost constantly, and this story has stayed with me because of its wonderfully realistic portrayal of historical values and lifestyles. More than that, it manages to blend modern sensibilities into characters in such a way that they feel as real today as they could have been then.
One of my biggest pet-peeves from historical fiction is an unconventional character beloved by everyone when they would more likely have been some kind of an outcast - but this is cleverly avoided by our young lady feeling the prickles of being an outsider at times, and yet finding people she belongs with, who are outsiders, too.
Jane Peck carefully weighs the merits of belonging to the various societies that she has been exposed to and is lucky enough to have a choice. While most girls from Philadelphia at the time would not have even imagined such a life as she lived, it is an important reminder of the lives that brave men AND women lived on our broad frontiers.
In conclusion of this scattered and somewhat insensible review: I would recommend this book to any young girl (or boy who can be interested in a girl's perspective) who enjoys American history. An additional warning: this book does address (primarily indirectly) issues involving women's equality and racism (involving Native Americans). While I love that this book doesn't simply gloss over such issues as so many children's books do, I do believe that a parent should be prepared to discuss some of these things if a child had a question - though by no means are these handled in a heavy handed manner that would require close monitoring.(less)
After watching the mini-series several times on Netflix, I already knew I was in love with this story. I thought I could see every nuance and feeling,...moreAfter watching the mini-series several times on Netflix, I already knew I was in love with this story. I thought I could see every nuance and feeling, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this expanded farther than I ever could have imagined in the book.
While I think I would have enjoyed the story without the notes from the Penguin Classics essay, I found the experience was much better with the end-notes and introduction essay. I am by no means an expert on British Victorian culture, though I have always been fascinated by it, so the reading of this story was academically enlightening as well as aesthetically romantic. I never would have quite understood exactly why Margaret was so upset by marriage proposals, the intricacies of mill strikes, or contemporary political references without the notes - so I do highly recommend this edition.
There are aspects of Elizabeth Gaskell's writing that would not be warmly accepted from a modern writer, but which I found rather helpful in understanding the story. In particular, she will jump to another character's point of view with little warning, but I found it fairly easy to understand and I thought she did it quite intuitively - in some way, it always enhanced that part of the plot.
Comparisons to Pride and Prejudice are frequent, and while I make them frequently myself, I feel I should point out one difference: The hero of our novel, one Mr. John Thornton, never really regrets his love of Margaret. At times he does hate her, and even himself, but he is prepared to spend the rest of his life loving her. *sigh* Isn't it interesting how that is so romantic in books, but more than a little ridiculous in real life? Though it helps that we know there will be a happy ending ;)
Anyhow, this has become an instant favourite, and I'm quite certain it will remain one for some time. I absolutely recommend it, and I wish you happy, happy reading!(less)
I don't really have much to say about this. I really enjoyed the story, but I especially love reading about familial relationships... I liked the disc...moreI don't really have much to say about this. I really enjoyed the story, but I especially love reading about familial relationships... I liked the discussion the book has about what different kinds of love mean. True Love vs. First Love, parental love, sisterly love... If you are born into a relationship, that love is very different than the kind of love you fall into. And the love that is warm and comforting, even if it's not as exciting as the scary and sometimes hurtful love, can be the best thing to ever happen to someone.
At least, that's what I'd like to believe, but at 19 I feel rather inexperienced.
I absolutely adored Lucas's character (it's always good to have a crush-worthy hero) and I felt that Courtney's internal monologues, thoughts, and feelings were relatable and insightful.
All in all, a wonderful read that looks into some powerful feelings, but perhaps not a frequent re-read.(less)