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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

  I’d be lying if I said The House of the Scorpion didn’t completely hold my attention. While the pacing in this book was a bit slow and meandering, I quickly became interested in what happened to the various characters.  I immediately loved Maria for all her spirit and care and her character arc made so much sense to me – I felt like it moved flawlessly.  But it wasn’t just Maria.  Matt, the main character, was interesting enough within the confines of his existential crisis.  The side characters were all interesting in one way or another and I really appreciated […]

Posted November 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

  I know very little of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, and one of my goals in adding The Accidental Empress to my TBR was to expand my historical fiction reading out of the Tudor Court.  I am so glad I did – I have mixed luck with historical fiction because of the way it is written and I don’t often find many authors I enjoy.  I’m happy to say I will be adding Allison Pataki to my list of wonderful historical fiction authors, alongside Philippa Gregory and Anita Diamant. One of the first things I do with non-fiction is cross-check facts.  Historical […]

Posted November 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

  The Girl of Fire and Thorns hit me immediately with some fantastic high fantasy vibes and I was so excited to start it!  I knew going in that this book would have a “chosen one” and I really like how Rae Carson worked with the trope to make it feel less exhausted.  I wouldn’t say it was a perfect book, but it was pretty good! The setting in this book was refreshing in its variety.  We have two coastal kingdoms, with prosperous tradeports, and yet, there’s no focus on the sea.  We spend most our time in deserts or […]

Posted November 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

  I totally unexpectedly really, really enjoyed The Madwoman Upstairs. There’s a couple things immediately that should have turned me off this novel.  First of all, the romance.  I am never interested in a student/teacher sort of tryst.  Not my cup of tea. Secondly, there’s all the focus on the Bronte sisters.  I don’t talk about it a lot, but I actually despised reading Jane Eyre… to the point where I haven’t touched it or anything like it since.  Disliking Jane Eyre led me to skipping Wuthering Heights, and also all the Austen novels. So how in the world did The Madwoman Upstairs end up on […]

Posted November 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Fever by Megan Abbott

The Fever by Megan Abbott

  My initial feelings about The Fever were pretty lukewarm.  While conceptually interesting, this book doesn’t get very good ratings on Goodreads and nobody has really been talking about it.  In short, the buzz about The Fever has been (if anything) that it’s just “fine”.  And after reading it, I agree. There are a lot of things that could have happened in this novel.  Megan Abbott is not a bad writer.  There was a minute when I thought this was going to end up a gruesome swamp-thing-esque horror novel and damn I was there for it because that would have been SO unique […]

Posted November 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

  The Ruby in the Smoke called out to me not because of any merit of its own, but because it was written by Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials.  Usually, when I enjoy an author’s work as much as I enjoyed The Golden Compass, it only makes sense to try some of his other series, yeah? I have some mixed feelings about The Ruby in the Smoke. On the one hand, I really liked the characters as a general rule.  Each had his or her own quirks.  They were a little bit stereotyped to what would have been common to their […]

Posted November 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //