I was so excited when this came up as a blog tour because having read the first book in this series, ‘The Alchemist’s Daughter’, I definitely wanted mI was so excited when this came up as a blog tour because having read the first book in this series, ‘The Alchemist’s Daughter’, I definitely wanted more of Bianca and her story. Fortunately for you, if you just pick up this one, you won’t be totally lost. This is a good novel just on its own; the first book’s adventure is mentioned but you won’t feel lost if you don’t read it. (You should though; it’s really fantastic!)
The pacing in this book is spot on; it isn’t rushed and it’s not too slow either. Some novels go on and on, drawing things out more than needs to be done, however, this isn’t one of those books. It is just the proper length and keeps you wanting for the next one. As, of course, does the main story itself. Murder, adventure, intrigue…it’s all so perfect and enthralling.
All of the characters are lifelike and enjoyable in their own ways. They aren’t one dimensional, they each have individualities that make them special in their own ways. It’s easy to relate to them because of this. Meddybemps is a particular favorite of mine; he’s witty and tends to lighten the mood when things are a bit bleak looking. Bianca is tenacious and headstrong, two qualities that my mother says are very strong in me too, haha. There is a character that everyone can find familiarity with and look forward to seeing in the story.
If you’re like me, you love Billy Joel. I had the distinct honour and pleasure of getting to see the Piano Man in January when he stopped by Tampa onIf you’re like me, you love Billy Joel. I had the distinct honour and pleasure of getting to see the Piano Man in January when he stopped by Tampa on his tour. I was absolutely over the moon. He puts an amazing show on and I would basically kill (not kill–you guys know what I mean) to see him again. His voice was as rich as ever, his stories and humour filling in the breaks between his songs. He is the ultimate showman and I can’t wait until I’m able to see him again.
I think my favorite moment was when he was about to play New York State of Mind and he dedicated it to Ted Cruz since he bashed “New York Values”. Let me tell you, the screams were overwhelming when he said, “Here Ted, lemme tell you about MY values.”
That being said, this book is full of those gems, stories and factoids that were revealed from the Piano Man himself to the author, who was a very capable writer. It is a mix of the writer and Billy’s voices and together, it is an intriguing mix. It’s not a book that holds anything back either, you get an excellent sense of who Billy is. He never shies away from his Long Island roots and his music is infused with his love for New York. I think if you enjoy Billy’s music, that this biography will be for you....more
An enjoyable read that gives an interesting insight into the mind of Georgia O'Kieff's life and her devotion to her work. I very much enjoyed gettingAn enjoyable read that gives an interesting insight into the mind of Georgia O'Kieff's life and her devotion to her work. I very much enjoyed getting to know about her more, as an admirer of her work, I was fascinated to try and be in her mindset. Excellently researched and nicely written!...more
There isn't much to say about this book beyond I didn't enjoy it very much. The narrative jumped around far too much and it didn't feel very cohesiveThere isn't much to say about this book beyond I didn't enjoy it very much. The narrative jumped around far too much and it didn't feel very cohesive to me. It was not an enjoyable read. ...more
I love the 1920’s and I love Paris. These are two things that feature heavily in this book, which also features a few famous figures of the day too; FI love the 1920’s and I love Paris. These are two things that feature heavily in this book, which also features a few famous figures of the day too; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway to name a few. They were vibrant and I loved seeing them in what was very much their own element. In Ms. Robson’s capable hands, I was enjoying the story but I did have feelings of it being not quite complete. It was good but it didn’t reach its full potential, is what I’m getting at, which is a shame given the art, literature and general renaissance that was occurring there in the post-war world.
I confess, I wish Helena had been more lifelike, she never quite made it to the level of unforgettable main character. I don’t know if this is more because of the author or because Helena just isn’t that wondrous. I wanted her to really embrace the ideals and spirit of the twenties, but it felt like everyone was being held back by the antiquated rules of yesteryear. But all in all, I enjoyed the book, it was a nice read, even if it was slightly predictable and saccharine in spots....more
By now, you know that I am very fond of anthologies; so I was rather thrilled to take part in this tour. I'm very happy that this was set in WWI, a peBy now, you know that I am very fond of anthologies; so I was rather thrilled to take part in this tour. I'm very happy that this was set in WWI, a period of time that I feel is often neglected and forgotten. These wonderfully talented authors have come together, each weaving a story for this poignant anthology.
No two stories are the same; none of the author's sound the same. This is a wonderful thing because if they all sounded the same, they would lose the special touch tht each one possessed. From the first page to the very last, you're in for an emotional roller coaster; one that will leave you breathless at the end of the book.
This isn't a light read; it is one that yes, you can finish quickly, but I think you ought to let the content sink in, y'know? The great loss of life, the tragedy of it all...war stories are never to be taken lightly, whatever war it might be. I enjoyed reading about each character and being invited into their world during the war and the resulting Armistice. Everything and everyone is excellently developed in each story, giving you a rich, well balanced story.
My particular favourite was Marci Jefferson's offering, 'Daughter of Belgium'. ...more
You know when you’re reading a book and you’re enjoying it….then a few hours later, you’ve finished it? This was one of those books for me. It was anYou know when you’re reading a book and you’re enjoying it….then a few hours later, you’ve finished it? This was one of those books for me. It was an all night read for me, actually, but I didn’t mind sacrificing sleep to read about this very fascinating woman. I had never heard of Ms. Woodhull, which is what I think was the point, to take her from the annals of history and to finally give her a much deserved spotlight. We often hear of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but Victoria Woodhull deserves her place right beside them, if not even more in front of them, seeing as she ran for president with Frederick Douglass as her running mate.
I was struck by Victoria’s tenacity and desire to rise above her ‘station’ and to become a warrior for women, if you will. She was just as much a part of trying to get equal rights for women as the above mentioned women. One can’t help but wonder what she would think about Hillary Clinton running today. I was struck by how the world seemed to work against her, how her ambition seemed to cost her dearly. Yet, she preservered and never wavered, no matter the cost.
I wish I had learned about her in school, but we barely even touched on Ms. Anthony and all of her efforts. I feel this is a disservice as I think it’s important for young women especially to learn about the women who paved the way for us in today’s world.
Ms. Flynn did an outstanding job in giving Victoria a voice and her research is displayed vibrantly and with a passion that I think would match Ms. Woodhull’s own. I was delighted to learn about her and I hope to read more about her in the future.