Uninspiring. Anti-climactic. Unfocused. Confusion. Unnecessary. Those are all words I would use to describe Karleen Koen’s “Before Versailles”. The noUninspiring. Anti-climactic. Unfocused. Confusion. Unnecessary. Those are all words I would use to describe Karleen Koen’s “Before Versailles”. The novel about Louis XIV is wide ranged and follows the pace of a slow fizzle throughout the text. There was no clear plot. There was no clear message or theme. There was no literary devices, no imagery used to capture the read. More importantly, I asked myself on several occasions “why am I reading this subpar novel?”
Koen clearly bit off more than she could chew. The premise of “Before Versailles” would make a great TV series on Showtime or HBO, but there were too many character, too many subplots that were not connected that made the story confusing and quite frankly unenjoyable.
This is my first and law novel my Koen and “Before Versailles” is hands down one of the worst books I have ever read. ...more
The United States has a new secret weapon when fighting the war on terror: DIVAs. This group of 30 men and women is designed to get terrorists and thoThe United States has a new secret weapon when fighting the war on terror: DIVAs. This group of 30 men and women is designed to get terrorists and those who threaten America's national security by posing as exhibit lovers and obtaining their information that way. Blaire Reese finds herself among this elite group of people after sleeping with her psychology professor to get an A. On her journey to becoming "A Patriotic Whore", Blaire learns about herself, love and the lengths people are willing to go for their countries. Little did she know that that one college class would change the course of her life forever.
"A Patriotic Whore" was entertaining. It read like a conversation that I was having with a good friend, well a good friend who was from the south. It had that comfortable tone that make it an easy read. Some parts were a bit draggy and TMI.
Like my English professor said: no one likes a premature climax, but this novel was guilty of a climax that happens too late in the text. I expected there to be more filled information about Blaire's experience as a DIVA but the novel was really about her training to become an American whore.
Besides that, my only other negative feedback where the a few typos and grammatical errors in the text. It seemed like it needed another proofread before it was released. I did not like the smiley faces in the next. It was what I would expect from a third grader experimenting in creative writing, not a legitimate book.
Overall I would recommend this book to people who are looking for a raunchy read and someone who does not take literature too seriously. ...more
Jack and Mabel move to Alaska to escape the mundane landscape of Pennsylvania. Their world soon comes to a screeching halt as they are no match for thJack and Mabel move to Alaska to escape the mundane landscape of Pennsylvania. Their world soon comes to a screeching halt as they are no match for the hash Alaskan winters. The long winters promote a feeling of loneliness between the couple as they deal internally deal with the loss of their child nearly a few years back. Their luck changes when they build a snow-girl on a snowy night. The following day a girl appears near their house...coincidence? Ivey will have you think not.
Books occurring in the early 20th century in cold places (like Montana, Alaska or Canada) are favorites of mine. However this book does not even come close to being on the top. Eowyn Ivey was a former news reporter in Alaska, and it shows in her writing. Ivey does not transport you into a world that writers often do, including Gabaldon, Gregory and Carriger, but states the facts and hope its enough. I could not finish this book fast enough..truth be told I bowed out around page 250. WIth so many good books out there, I couldnt be bothered to finish. ...more