I am not usually a big reader of historical fiction, but I am so glad that I decided to listen to this one. Eel is a fantastic main character - a swee...moreI am not usually a big reader of historical fiction, but I am so glad that I decided to listen to this one. Eel is a fantastic main character - a sweet young man working as hard as he can to take care of a younger brother and make a better life for himself. The problem? Not everyone is as honest as Eel. When Eel is accused of theft, he is forced to leave his steady job. Amazingly, one of the worst disasters in London gives Eel the best opportunity of his life.
When Cholera strikes the Soho district the people are under the common assumption that the miasma was the cause - meaning that the filthy air they breathed was the cause of the sickness.
Eel watches the people around him fall ill and die. He finds himself working as the assistant to Dr. John Snow, a doctor who doesn't believe in the Miasma theory. Instead he believes the cholera is being spread by drinking contaminated water from the Broadstreet Pump.
The town council doesn't believe Dr. Snow's theory and want proof before they will agree to take the handle off of the pump. They give Dr. Snow only a few days to gather the information he needs to prove the water is causing the deaths. Eel is a great help. He knows the people in the community and is trusted more than Dr. Snow.
Deborah Hopkinson has taken actual events from this terrible time in history and created a very interesting teen and tween novel. I feel like I learned so much while listening to this book. (less)
The only reason I decided to read this book is because I saw that Mary GrandPre is the illustrator. For those that don't know, Mary GrandPre was the i...moreThe only reason I decided to read this book is because I saw that Mary GrandPre is the illustrator. For those that don't know, Mary GrandPre was the illustrator of the first US Harry Potter novels.
THE NOISY PAINT BOX: THE COLORS AND SOUNDS OF KANDINSKY'S ABSTRACT ART is called a historical fiction according to the Notes in the back of the book. The content was inspired by real events, but all of the dialogue is the work of the author's imagination.
The book does a nice job of giving the highlights of the abstract artist, Vasily Kandinsky. This could be a nice introduction to the world of abstract art.
The synopsis says it all. FALLOUT is so scary! You know if people knew you had a shelter they would force their way in. Todd Strasser has taken inspir...moreThe synopsis says it all. FALLOUT is so scary! You know if people knew you had a shelter they would force their way in. Todd Strasser has taken inspiration from his own childhood to write this book. The scenes he creates in FALLOUT are eye-opening. The situation is dire. The possibility of this happening is frightening.
FALLOUT is a quick read. It is so impressive that Strasser can write a novel with such a small setting and make it so compelling. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until you get to the end. (less)
E & E is just flat out a fun, enjoyable read. The absurdity of young girls attending a school to teach them the art of information gathering and k...moreE & E is just flat out a fun, enjoyable read. The absurdity of young girls attending a school to teach them the art of information gathering and killing by using their feminine wiles cracked me up. (Although, spys probably have to learn this stuff, huh?) Oh well. It was funny anyway. For instance, one night their homework was to do 6 sets of 100 eyelash flutters. HA!
Poor Sophronia. She just doesn't have a girly bone in her body. She really had to put a lot of work into her curtsy especially. In addition to not being very feminine, she doesn't come from the wealthiest family and she is a covert recruit - meaning she didn't know the truth behind Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality when she arrived.
Even though she was thrust into a new world of deception, vampires, werewolves, and danger, Sophronia handled it all like a lady. I can't wait to see what happens in her second year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.(less)
Victor Frankenstein wasn’t always the mad scientist we know him as today. Once he was simply a rebellious and rambunctious young man living a privileg...moreVictor Frankenstein wasn’t always the mad scientist we know him as today. Once he was simply a rebellious and rambunctious young man living a privileged life. It’s not until his identical twin, Konrad, becomes ill that his mind begins straying to thoughts of alchemy. Well, that and the fact that he, along with his brother and distant cousin Elizabeth, stumble upon a hidden library deep within their chateau. Not an ordinary library though, but one filled with books of recipes for magic potions and elixirs.
When their father finds them in the Dark Library, he asks them to promise never to return because of the dangers of the information they might find. Alchemy is a foolish and dark endeavor and one that is illegal to perform. To Victor, the library is an interesting place filled with mysterious books and Konrad’s possible death provides Victor with the excuse to return. Enlisting the help of their best friend Henry and beautiful Elizabeth, Victor finds a recipe for something called the Elixir of Life and is willing to stop at nothing to find a way to concoct the potion.
The journey is a dangerous one and filled with much adventure. Not only does Victor have to conquer his fears, but he must also fight his growing feelings for Elizabeth and increasing jealousy of Konrad. Will Victor be able to find a way to save Konrad or is it foolish for him to even try as his father says?
My heart goes out to Victor. Konrad is more charming, smarter, and the favorite of the staff. When he finds out that Elizabeth loves Konrad, too it is almost more than he can take. Will his feelings for Elizabeth get in the way of his desire to save Konrad?
THE DARK ENDEAVOR is an interesting take on the Frankenstein classic. Kenneth Oppel has answered our question, “What led Frankenstein to his fascination with creating life where there is none?” The sequel, SUCH WICKED INTENT comes out August 2012.(less)
NOTE: You should read The River of Time Trilogy before reading this book. (WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT)
BOURNE starts right where TORRENT ends. Cas...moreNOTE: You should read The River of Time Trilogy before reading this book. (WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT)
BOURNE starts right where TORRENT ends. Castello Forelli is dealing with the wounded from the battle. Gabi, instead of enjoying her first days as a bride, finds herself organizing the people of the castle in order to best help the wounded. She finds it difficult to keep her mind on her duties as Lady of the Castle since her own husband, Marcello, is severely wounded. Gabi and her family must reaffirm their commitment to remaining in the 14th Century after seeing so many die.
As much as Gabi wishes for some peace, she knows it is unlikely. The Firenze are after revenge since being pushed back across the border. This time they are playing dirty by targeting certain members of the secret brotherhood that came to Marcello's aid. Not only are they killing the men involved, but their families and servants, too. Gabi and Lia are thrust into the battle again. The She-Wolves are more than willing to fight side-by-side with the men in order to ensure the safety of the people.
BOURNE is just as exciting as the other three books in the series even though it is a novella (1/3 of the size of a regular novel). It didn't take any time at all for me to be transported back to the 14th Century again. In this book we get to hear from Lia's point of view as she deals with her feelings for Luca. I loved that and it makes sense since Gabi and Marcello are already married. Lia and Luca are the ones that will struggle to get together now. And then there is poor Greco. My heart just aches for him. He feels guilty for being a traitor to his people and for his feelings for Gabi. Lisa Bergren really needs to find him a girl. (I actually wonder if we don't meet her at the end of BOURNE.)
If you haven't heard of this series start reading it now. It really has it all - adventure, romance, humor. Lisa Bergren has a knack for creating some wonderful men. Marcello, Luca, and Greco really come to life. I wish I was living in Castello Forelli so I could look at them all the time. Better yet, I'd like to be Gabi or Lia!
You can buy BOURNE right now for the Kindle for $.99. Believe me, it is totally worth it.