For me, this started off really interesting and the premise seemed intriguing but the further along I went, the less I was into it. It was much more pFor me, this started off really interesting and the premise seemed intriguing but the further along I went, the less I was into it. It was much more paranormal than I thought it would be, and there was some incredibly creepy imagery. If you suspend your disbelief in just how incredibly INTENSE the three protagonists were, you can get through some of their dialogue and interactions. I felt it hard, the further into the story I got, to stop myself from rolling my eyes. Creepy, interesting story with a theme of girl power....more
When Ruby moves to Paris after marrying her French husband, she would not have imagined thatOriginally posted on JustALilLost.com
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
When Ruby moves to Paris after marrying her French husband, she would not have imagined that their lives would be spent fighting for survival rather than sitting at cafes as World War II looms near. Living next door to Ruby is Charlotte, a young Jewish girl who lives with her parents until the restrictions turn into deportations and their world is torn apart. When Ruby and Charlotte’s paths cross with that of Thomas, a downed Royal Air Force pilot trying to get out of Paris, their lives are forever changed by that chance meeting.
The Room on Rue Amélie is a story that follows three people dealing with what life has dealt them in the midst of a war. Their situations are not ideal, to say the least, but not wanting to be complacent and surrender to the enemy, they each find their own way of fighting back. Harmel has written a cast of interesting characters and possesses a way of drawing on the emotions of those characters as evidenced by the various dramatic and heartbreaking scenes in this book. It’s a beautifully-told tale as the protagonists face one unthinkable situation after another, the lives they once knew fall away and a new routine must be adopted.
At times I’ve found that stories about wars were told with male protagonists – the soldiers, the men in power at that time. Admittedly, I didn’t know a lot about the role of women during this period but I loved reading about how they got involved with the resistance any way they could – even if it’s just a start with this one story. I also found it eye-opening to get a better idea of what that time might have been like in Europe, especially as there are small moments in this story that talk about the response from the rest of the world versus what they were actually experiencing.
While this book is about fighting for survival, it’s also full of self preservation and hope. Harmel takes multiple POVs and weaves them into a compelling narrative that displays both the vulnerabilities in and empowerment of women. I really enjoyed this journey that the author has taken her readers on. The Room on Rue Amélie is perfect for fans of historical fiction and books like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay....more
This was such a sweet graphic novel! While I don’t consider myself an introvert at all, I still found a lot of the panels extremely relevant as a bookThis was such a sweet graphic novel! While I don’t consider myself an introvert at all, I still found a lot of the panels extremely relevant as a book lover. This would be a great gift for someone (or yourself!)...more
Prince Sebastian’s parents are determined to find him a wife but all he wants to do is sneak out into the ParisiaOriginally posted on JustALilLost.com
Prince Sebastian’s parents are determined to find him a wife but all he wants to do is sneak out into the Parisian nightlife and dress up in beautiful gowns. His best friend Frances is only one of two people who knows his secret and as Sebastian’s seamstress for his secret life as Lady Crystallia, her skills must also remain a secret. Frances must decide how long to set her dreams aside as a fashion designer in order to keep her friend’s secret.
This was nothing like what I was expecting and it was absolutely magnificent. I actually hadn’t known the synopsis prior to reading this, as it was recommended to me by the publisher for Paris Month. I was so pleasantly surprised to realize Prince Sebastian’s secret passion and that this narrative had been made into a fantastic graphic novel. It was so refreshing to read such a unique tale – a beautiful story about being true to oneself and what the cost may be for following your dreams.
I loved the style of illustration, reminding me at times of Kiki’s Delivery Service and other similar types of art. The Prince and the Dressmaker is a wonderful modern-day fairy tale that breaks out of the norms and tropes of usual fairy tale stories. It had a similar vibe to the newer generation of Disney/Pixar movies like Frozen, where the writers take a story you think you know and turn it upside down. Prince Sebastian and Frances are multi-dimensional characters with, to those around them, unconventional dreams. Truly a phenomenal graphic novel that everyone must read!...more
This was highly anticipated too and I know many people who loved it, but I thought it was okay. I had to suspend my disbelief a lot to think these chaThis was highly anticipated too and I know many people who loved it, but I thought it was okay. I had to suspend my disbelief a lot to think these characters who are all in the small little bookshop are communicating through leaving letters in a book rather than just looking over and talking. Cute idea, but it was hard for me to find believable or compelling. Sweet story though. ★ ★ ★ ☆...more