Genre: Historical

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young weaves beautiful worlds. Sky in the Deep came as a delightful surprise last year, and ever since, I’ve been looking forward to The Girl the Sea Gave Back.  The cover is exquisite and I was excited to delve back into this world.  There’s something mythical about the mixture for historical fiction and an edge of fantasy in this chilled, foggy landscape.  As with her debut, the world spills on to the page in stunning splashes of color and it’s very easy to be mesmerized. That said, I didn’t feel as though this book was as successful as her debut, and […]

Posted August 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

You know that feeling when you read a book or watch a movie and feel like you’re found a kindred spirit in the creator?  That’s how I feel about Mackenzi Lee and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  There are so many bits and pieces that I really loved about this book… both its content and the writing itself. Okay so first of all, let’s talk about the language Mackenzi Lee used.  It’s perfect.  Both the dialogue and the narrative flow expertly.  The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is completely immersive.  Mackenzi Lee has gone the extra mile to use […]

Posted August 7, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is one of those classics taught in so many English classes, and seems well-beloved by everyone I know.  So please forgive me when I say… I just don’t see the appeal.  The entertainment value of this novel is pretty low for me. It’s been a long time since group discussion in my ninth grade English class, but even now, I can see the discussion potential of this novel.  George and Lenny’s relationship, Lenny’s demeanor, the ending… it’s all ripe for a morality conversation.  For such a short book, there’s a lot intended to pull the heartstrings. […]

Posted August 1, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I respect what Julie Mayhew was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think it worked. Mother Tongue is a fictional account of the family of one of the victims of the Beslan school siege in 2004.  I will admit my ignorance – before reading this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with the event.  Also, I was 14 and admittedly not following the news.  The Beslan school siege was a three-day siege at a Russian school where approximately 1200 people were held hostage on the first day of school for three days.  Over three hundred people were killed, […]

Posted July 31, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //