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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

Posted December 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  So, this book is fun and quirky and has a lot of diversity and fun characters.  It’s even a bit memorable in its way, so I’d have to say that… generally?  I liked it! There are a lot of good talking points in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.  First of all, there is the voice it’s told in:  the voice has that dry, fun wit that I relate to a lot of British science fiction writers.  I really like that voice, because it catches me by surprise and makes me laugh with its subtlety and pointing out […]

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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Posted November 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  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 […]

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The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

Posted November 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  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 […]

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Posted November 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  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 […]

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The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Posted November 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  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 […]

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