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Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Oh Anne Rice.  I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly?  Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring.  It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking.  For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse.  And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective.  When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored.  Because Louis […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

I’ve read and listened to The Amulet of Samarkand many times since I was first introduced as a high schooler, and so help me, I still love Bartimaeus. This series has a world-feel all it’s own.  It feels like a bit later than Victorian England, but there’s no element of steampunk.  There was a similar aesthetic to Ink and Bone but where that version of the world had fallen apart, this one is tightly held together, like a fine tapestry foretelling doom.  The stiffness of the humans (magician or not) is the contrast needed to make Bartimaeus himself so funny.  Where even young […]

Posted June 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I had to do something with this book I don’t think I’ve ever done before.  At 61%, I heaved a heavy sigh, and went to read the plot summary on SparkNotes.  I really didn’t want to DNF this book, but I was completely lost in what was going on.  I know, I know!  It’s cheating!  But I wasn’t already familiar with A Tale of Two Cities, and once I looked up the plot summaries, the story fell together and I understood a bit more of what was going on. A Tale of Two Cities is fairly typical in style to other Victorian […]

Posted April 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Violet wants to be the best princess for her people. Violet is not a beautiful princess.  Not a “proper” princess.  This is made abundantly clear to her in whispers and misspoken quips.  It eats away at the girl, whose hair is not shiny and whose eyes are not symmetrical.  Her father is bold, her mother is kind, and Violet is just… Violet.  She accepts this with a princess’ grace, but still, it eats away at her.  She tries to distract herself with her friend, Demetrius, and exploring their mysterious castle. Our course, the castle has more than meets the eye, […]

Posted November 16, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //