I hesitate calling this a romance because the romance does not drive the story. For a story called “Marrying Mozart,” there’s actually very little ofI hesitate calling this a romance because the romance does not drive the story. For a story called “Marrying Mozart,” there’s actually very little of Mozart courting the Weber sisters.
The main push is really the love story between the four sisters. Well, kinda. I doubt Aloysia actually can feel love and wonder if she’s really a sociopath. She’s definitely a narcissist—and her parents don’t help. They shower Aloysia with attention and let her get away with things because she is beautiful and talented. Especially the Weber matriarch, probably because Aloysia is the most like Maria Caecila. More on her later. Back to Aloysia…She is self-centered and only sees things in how they impact her. Aloysia berates her older sister Josefa and ignores Constanze and Sophie for the most part. And while Mozart did make her wait, she only thought of herself and not of his feelings, (view spoiler)[eventually calling off their engagement (hide spoiler)].
Wait, was that really a spoiler? It’s hard to determine what is as this is history. All one has to do is look up Mozart’s wikipedia entry for spoilers. But I'm going to keep tagging some spoilers. You know, just in case.
Josefa is more sympathetic than Aloysia, though she has her moments. However, there was a time I was rooting for her to end up with Mozart because I wanted something good to happen to her. Aloysia spews hatred at her as does their mother. Most people overlook her in favor of Aloysia. Even Mozart, though he starts off being friendly with Josefa. But then he ignores her for Aloysia like everyone else. Only Sophie and their father seem to give a damn about her, which then makes it hard to condemn her later actions. (I doubt we’re supposed to).
Sophie is the most sympathetic. Of course, she’s also the narrator as revealed in the framing chapters scattered throughout the book. Sophie is the one who tends to run interference between Josefa and her siblings or their mother. She also has no interest in her mother’s matchmaking, instead wanting to join a convent. She also has a sisterly relationship with Mozart, when he’s in the picture.
Constanze is just…there. She’s a nonentity for most of the book. It’s only for the last third of the book she becomes a character. (view spoiler)[Her relationship with Mozart is rushed. Cowell only tells us they spent time together and fell in love. (hide spoiler)] She doesn’t show us which makes it hard to root for them. It's also one of Cowell's weaknesses.
Like with the Weber parents, Fridolin and Maria Caecilia. There are times Cowell insists they love each other but what she shows us is different. I see a couple held together by societal conventions and lust. Well, maybe Fridolin loves his wife. I don’t think Maria Caecilia loves her husband. I think she resents him and always imagined a grander life than the one she had. And she may have married him out of desperation due to a secret learned later in the story. (view spoiler)[Which is that Josefa's father wasn't Fridolin but someone Maria Caecilia had a love affair with before meeting Fridolin. (hide spoiler)]
Which brings us to Mozart. He’s probably the most intriguing character, right up there with Josefa. And probably because he was an interesting character in real life. He has big dreams but is haunted by his early success. In some ways, he’s like a child actor who struggles to transition to adult roles. He’s also a young man mostly on his own for now. So he’s enjoying himself with wine, friends and women. And by women, it's namely the Weber sisters. He has relationships, some platonic and some romantic, with all four girls. Mozart also struggles to do what he wanted and not what everyone else expected. He knows he can still achieve greatness but things continue to keep him down until he decides to do what he wants. And that’s a fascinating read. Too bad there wasn't more of that.
So, should you read it? Given my low rating, I'm not going to recommend it. But, hey, it's up to you. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I loved this book. So before I go into raving mode, let me explain why it got four stars rather than five.
What is that reason? The book is based on aI loved this book. So before I go into raving mode, let me explain why it got four stars rather than five.
What is that reason? The book is based on a web series and I expected more of what we didn’t see in the videos. However, there were several entries that just repeated everything we had seen on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. There were a couple which were direct transcripts of things that had happened on the show. I wanted more than that!
But when we get to Bing’s party, we started to get more of what we didn’t see. The diaries finally did what I expected them to do—add another layer to the videos. We get more about Lizzie’s growing feelings for Darcy. We saw more of their interactions off screen, especially once Lizzie starts to shadow at Pemberley Digital. The relationship between Lizzie and her parents is better explored here as well since the Bennets never appeared in the videos. (Well, Mrs. Bennet does appear in one but we never see her face). There is also something revealed about Jane that was never even hinted in the videos and was a big surprise to me.
I had the Kindle edition, which was interactive. At the end of each chapter was the corresponding video from the series. For those who had watched the videos before, they could get refreshers. And for those who are picking up the book for the first time, they can watch along with the entries. It’s a great idea, one I wish more people would embrace.
If you love Pride and Prejudice, give this a read and watch. You might just fall in love with Lizzie Bennet all over again. ...more
In this volume, we see more of Bea’s waking life. But things aren’t so rosy, which is understandable given how things ended in the first volume. Ben iIn this volume, we see more of Bea’s waking life. But things aren’t so rosy, which is understandable given how things ended in the first volume. Ben ignores her and she’s testy around everybody. It builds until she explodes in the cafeteria, a very natural occasion, thanks to Innes' skill. I was glad she didn’t keep Ben and Liz angry at Bea for too long.
Even if Bea was in the wrong. In both cases.
I really like this character, I can tell.
Onto the historical aspect…I’d like to cheer Innes for mentioning the Staten Island Peace Conference. It’s often overlooked. I just wish she had mentioned where it took place. John Adams does appear but there’s no historical evidence that suggests the representatives visited Manhattan. Everything in my research shows that they stayed in New Jersey and returned there when the three hour unsuccessful conference concluded. They then continued on to Philadelphia to report what had happened to Congress. But still, nice to see it included.
The tension in the story is good, in both worlds. The Patriots vs. the British in one house, with the Patriots trying to escape, is a highlight. Added to this is the fact the British are still trying to find Bea, which makes it better. Meanwhile, Bea tries to live her life but can’t shake her thoughts of Alan. He haunts her every move. Even when she’s with Ben, adding to more tension.
I like that Bea is in the wrong, especially with Liz. It’s good that Innes lets her character have flaws and doesn’t try to cover them up.
As with the last volume, the art work is great. I don’t know if there’s much more I can say. Go read it. ...more
In this graphic novel, teenager Beatrice Whaley is your typical Bostonian teenager. She tries out for the school play, hangs out with her friends, getIn this graphic novel, teenager Beatrice Whaley is your typical Bostonian teenager. She tries out for the school play, hangs out with her friends, gets nervous around her crush and sleeps through class. Except she has weird dreams. Very vivid weird dreams.
She dreams she is back in the Revolution, a prisoner of General William Howe. She is rescued by a young Continental officer named Alan Warren, who seems to be a friend of hers. Or perhaps more of a friend. He brings her back to camp where she meets Nathan Hale. The two become friends as Alan tries to get her back to Boston. But she and Hale end up in the middle of the battle of Brooklyn Heights. Will they make it?
Meanwhile, her dreams start to affect her waking life. She grows irritable and screws up her date with her crush. Can she sort everything out?
I discovered this graphic novel while attending Anime Boston. Innes was given a spotlight and I saw it in the magazine they give out at these conventions. Intrigued, I wanted to stop at her table. As two of my friends rested their feet, another came with me. And I got to meet Lora. She was really nice and really passionate about American history. And the people working her table were really passionate about her graphic novels. We chatted for a bit and I left with the first book. I couldn't wait to read it.
And I was not disappointed. I'll get the artwork out of the way because I don't consider myself an expert or very knowledgable on that. For comics and graphic novels, all my knowledge comes from "Atop the 4th Wall." But I liked the artwork of "The Dreamer." Beatrice and the others looked like real humans. They inhabited real looking places and not vague backgrounds. When Beatrice goes to the 18th century, everything looks historically accurate.
For the most part, Innes gets her history right. There might be some artistic license taken here or there but it's nothing too big.
The story is intriguing and leaves the reader with questions they will want answered. Why did Howe take Beatrice? What does she know? Why is this happening to her?
Beatrice feels like a real character. She can be dramatic and spaces out a bit, especially around her crush. But she cares about her friends. And she's serious about acting. She has realistic reactions to her predicament--though taking her mother's sleeping pills might not have been advised.