3.5/5 stars. This wasn't a bad book. It kept my interest while listening to the audiobook at work.
I am not overly familiar with the historical time p3.5/5 stars. This wasn't a bad book. It kept my interest while listening to the audiobook at work.
I am not overly familiar with the historical time period that this book covers -- the War of the Roses between the Lancasters and the Yorks. I actually had to read a little on wikipedia before getting too far into the book to get a little background information. I really had to take the beginning slowly to understand all the different characters being introduced, but once I understood the basic history at the premise, the book was an easy read.
There were several things that bugged me about this book: - the book is written in present tense - there is a weird magic/witch angle with Elizabeth's mother that seemed like it was thrown into the book for ratings - as usual with Philippa Gregory's books, I have no idea how much of the book is historically acurate or completely b.s.
In the end, though, it was an interesting story. If you like this type of book, it's definitely worth checking out from the library at least :)...more
4.5/5 stars. By title, you would think that somebody was going to be held for ransom in this book. Maybe kidnapped against their will or something. No4.5/5 stars. By title, you would think that somebody was going to be held for ransom in this book. Maybe kidnapped against their will or something. Not really. Actually, I'm not really sure that this title was appropriate for this book. I might have called it The Traitor instead or maybe The Box.
It was a lot of fun to read, but the mystery aspects of the story were thinly veiled. I'm guessing that Garwood meant to make it surprising as to who the traitor was, where the box was, etc. However, these were really simple to deduce.
That being said, the book was great fun to read. I only wish I had an audiobook that I could have listened to all the Scottish accents. Instead, I had to try to do brogue in my head, and I sound silly!...more
Before starting this book, I had read some reviews that made it out to be a horrific Julie Garwood novel. In truth, I didn't think it was that bad. MaBefore starting this book, I had read some reviews that made it out to be a horrific Julie Garwood novel. In truth, I didn't think it was that bad. Maybe because I was expecting such a stinker going in?? I actually enjoyed the story :)
True, it wasn't as epic of a romance as her other Highlander books. And, once again, the title doesn't really match the book. I think that I would have named this book As You Say instead of Shadow Music. What shadow? What music? I don't get it. Weird title.
The book started out a little weird with the prologue in St. Biel. Lots of reviews complained about numerous sub-plots and too many characters. I was listening to the audiobook, and as I frequently do when listening to an audiobook, I jotted down characters names as I listened to help me keep track of everyone. Yes, there were about 20-30 characters to keep track of, but I didn't find the story hard to follow at all. Maybe I just took good notes. *laugh*
The audiobook was nice, but the narrator still did some really funny voices. I didn't mind her English accents or the Scottish ones. However, the characters from St. Biel were a combination of French and Oscar the Grouch or something. I don't know. Me no likey....more