Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mini Reviews (1)

I've decided to start posting mini-reviews every now and again.  A lot of times there are books I read that I just don't have enough to talk about to warrant a whole review or even a shorter 'quick review'.

Six Days in Leningrad by Paullina Simons
I loved The Bronze Horseman and this memoir chronicles the trip that Paullina Simons took to Russia to do research for it.  Simons is originally from Russia and this trip was her first time back after leaving when she was a child.  It was a sad but fascinating look at what it's like to revisit one's childhood.  Her memories didn't always coincide with reality and it seemed to be quite shocking for her when this was brought to her attention.  I want to visit Russia so bad and this book only encouraged that desire.  It's only available as a kindle ebook which is kind of a hassle and there were a lot of typos but I would still recommend this book.  4 stars.
This book is part of my personal collection.
The Boleyn King by Lauren Andersen
When I first saw this book, I had no desire to read it.  There have been so many Anne Boleyn/Tudor books that I feel like the market is a little saturated.  However, I started noticing that it was getting great reviews so I figured, what the heck?  I am so glad I read this!  It's an alternate history and asks the question, 'what if Anne Boleyn  had a son?'  The story focuses around Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII's son, William and it just sucked me in immediately.  A lot of well-known Tudor era figures are featured in the story and it is really neat to see them in a completely different environment!  It is the first book in a trilogy and having read the second book, I must say that it just keeps getting better. 
 4 stars.
I borrowed this book from my local library.

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