The Forbidden Orchid
Two years ago I fell completely head over heels for Sharon Biggs Waller's debut, A Mad, Wicked Folly. So the fact that I would pick up The Forbidden Orchid was kind of self-evident. Though well-researched and an interesting exposition of the setting, I didn't feel like this book quite lived up to my expectations.
The Forbidden Orchid is kind of an adventure story in China right around the end of the Second Opium War. It starts in Victorian England, where Elodie, in an effort to save her fa ...more
Prepare to be amazed with this all new historical adventure! The Forbidden Orchid is a one of a kind book all about a hunt for a rare and valuable orchid. An interesting and complex father/daughter relationship makes this book even more believable. Though the book seems incredible already, there are three different settings, including China, making the story unforgettable.
The Forbidden Orchid has such a unique and intriguing concept. This book tells the story of a ...more
*sighs* I feel like I should like this book. It has a pretty cool premise and I love historical YA. Waller also does a great job portraying how difficult it was to empower women in the 1860s. But I just am not clicking with the main character Elodie. All she seems to do is whine and her attachment to the orchid is.. uncomfortable? It's weird and I'd just rather stop reading. I'm still interested in reading her debut though! ...more
- Pace was not fast (or not as fast as I expected), and kind of felt like a slow adventure where you take in the sights rather than jump from place to place.
- Main character, Elodie, is absolutely great. She is dependable, steadfast, and is always there for her sisters and mother. However, as she continues on in her journey she wants more- and this time for herself, rather than other people.
- I love seeing actual historical events in action in these kind ...more
Unfortunately, I was lured in by the beautiful and gorgeous cover. More unfortunate that the story did not live up to its beautiful cover.
The book was excruciatingly slow and boring for about 60% of it. Most of the action happened after they got to China and then the rest of the book ended up rushed with an abrupt ending.
The character development was lacking and not just for the main character but also for the rest of the characters. There ...more
I get it, a girl growing up in Victorian England won’t know much about China. But then I have to ask: why send her there? What drives the choice to send her on a mystical~ trip to find a magical flower in an “exotic” land? Adventure? Why China then? I have so many questions, but with such a poorly formed story, I don't know that finding ...more
The story spends a good amount of time setting up the story. Elodie is the oldest daughter of a plant hunter and is growing up in a small English town in the 1860’s. As you might guess, the era doesn’t really allow girls a lot of freedo ...more
Elodie is the oldest on a family of ten girls with a father that spends most of the time away, ...more
Excellent subject matter, well-researched, perfectly executed story arc, and the book even surprised me a little at the end. I had it all plan ...more
It was a boring and a dreadful story. And I couldn't justified myself to finish it.
I've realized that I'm the black sheep here. But I'm all about honest is the best policy. And because of that I won't even rate this book. This book just wasn't for me.
Plus, the complication a blogger had with t ...more
And much like These shallow graves, of which it shared a similar vibe, I loved every page. Not to mention just how wonderfully written it was, the words roll off the pages in soft rhythmic patterns designed for perfection. The pacing is slow, but over all it's just a very enjoyable read for fans of historical fiction. ...more
Hello my fellow bookworms! You know how sometimes you have read all those books but just don't have the words
or time for a full review? I certainly do and thus Bookworm Bites was born. These are essentially mini reviews. Enough to give you a good idea about my feelings though. Hope you enjoy!
This book exceeded my already high expectations. Thanks to my darling friend Pili, I was introduced to Sharon Biggs Walter with her first book, A Mad Wicked Folly. I loved it. I was expect...more
Firstly, its priorities are all wrong. Considering that the story claims to center around an orchid in China, it should take it much less than over half the book for the characters to actually land in China. Because it takes so long to transport the characters to China, the last 40% feel rushed. After all that buildup, I was left with a deep insatisfaction over character development.
Speaking of character, I know it's because in Vitorian England women were ...more
Read my FULL REVIEW here http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2016/0... ...more
This novel will appeal not just to lovers of YA romance, but to readers of adult historical romance, especially those who prefer their romances "clean".
What I liked:
- the writing was excellent. The author definitely has a way with words, and it was descriptive without being too over the top
- the sweet little dog
- Elodie’s relationship with her sisters
- definitely well researched and portrayed the time period realistically
What I didn’t care for:
- despite the main plotline having to do with going to China to find a rare species of orchid, Elodie didn’t get to China until well over halfway through the book. The beginning w ...more
Sharon Biggs Waller is the recipient of the Friends of American Writers award and the author of A Mad, Wicked Folly (Viking) and The Forbidden Orchid (Viking), both of which have garnered multiple starred reviews and awards. Her upcoming novel is a young adult contemporary called Girls on the Verge (Holt, April 2019). She's also a magazine journalist and has written several non-fiction books about ...more