Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Posted February 9, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Cassandra Clare’s prequel to the Mortal Instruments series reminds me of the writing of Neil Gaiman – very much so, in fact. I liken her to something between Gaiman and the author of one of my favorite series – Jonathan Stroud. Clare adds her own elements to the story, and twists Victorian London around a little bit to her heart’s content. And I find her London beautiful and haunting and sad and grey. I love the idea of her clockwork mechanisms and the Shadowhunters and the quirky husband who lives in the basement and invents things that do not […]

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Posted January 30, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I have an extraordinarily difficult time giving John Green five stars because even though I find his books to be sheer brilliance, I also could not sit down and read them over and over again. They are, ultimately, depressing. As strange as it sounds, they are depressing in a good way, because they make you think about things that you don’t want to think about. In this case, I find themes to be the cruelty of fate, living life to the fullest, courage, and knowing oneself. There are a million things that one can take out of a John […]

The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

Posted January 18, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I am of mixed feelings about The Queen’s Fool. I found the characters to be inconsistent and weak, but even as I say that, I feel as though I am being unfair to the author – I am not learned on Tudor England, and perhaps the view she offers is realistic. Nonetheless, I found all the main characters a bit pathetic, which led to a lot of skimming and page turning. The book, much like a plot in an English court, requires patience and waiting for things to move along, as they do at their own very slow pace. […]

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Posted January 13, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Where I loved The Constant Princess, it took me a little while to get into The Boleyn Inheritance. Part of my problem with this was the separation of narrative – I was immediately drawn to three different characters, none of whom I found immediately interesting. It was not until about halfway through the book, after Kitty Howard was already on the throne, that I began to care in the least about Anne of Cleves, whose fight to survive entrapped me, and I knew already Kitty’s fate (even though I have not thoroughly studied the Tudor dynasty, there was really […]

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

Posted December 27, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I absolutely loved this book. I was introduced to Philippa Gregory’s work a couple years ago when chatting with one of my co-workers about the movie The Other Boleyn Girl being completely oblivious that it was a book-turned-film. It was only recently that I actually started reading her books, and it was certainly worth the wait. The way Gregory paints the historical character brings new life to her. It is amazing the way the stories fit so perfectly together, and the coldness of Queen Katharine that is seen in The Other Bolelyn Girl is entirely justified – the poor […]