Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: "The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar" by Kim Rendfeld



Synopsis:  Can love triumph over war?
772 AD: Charlemagne’s battles in Saxony have left Leova with nothing but her two children, Deorlaf and Sunwynn. Her beloved husband died in combat. Her faith lies shattered in the ashes of Irminsul, the Pillar of Heaven. The relatives obligated to defend her and her family sell them into slavery instead.  In Francia, Leova is resolved to protect her son and daughter, even if it means sacrificing her own honor. Her determination only grows stronger as Sunwynn blossoms into a beautiful young woman attracting the lust of a cruel master, and Deorlaf becomes a headstrong man willing to brave starvation and demons to free his family. Yet Leova’s most difficult dilemma comes in the form of a Frankish friend, Hugh. He saves Deorlaf from a fanatical Saxon and is Sunwynn’s champion — but he is the warrior who slew Leova’s husband. Set against a backdrop of historic events, including the destruction of the Irminsul,

The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar explores faith, friendship, and justice. This companion to Kim Rendfeld’s acclaimed The Cross and the Dragon tells the story of an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances.

My Thoughts:  The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar is unlike any book I have ever read.  I have read the companion novel but while The Cross and the Dragon focuses on the nobility, this book focuses on the regular people, servants and slaves living under the reign of Charlemagne.

Likes:  I loved the story.  Ms. Rendfeld has done a lot of research and created  a wonderful story surrounding a Saxon family as they deal with slavery, heartache and betrayal.  I enjoyed reading about everyday life and the issues that people had to deal with.    I know almost nothing about this era so I found the setting and descriptions of Saxony and the different French cities to be fascinating.    I was really interested in the Saxon side of things; it was really sad to see how everything was destroyed by the French and then the Saxons were forced to give up their religion in order to just be allowed to live.  I would very much like to learn more about these events. 

Characters:  There were so many great characters in this story that it's hard to pick a favorite.  Leova's strength and intelligence were remarkable; she always seemed to be able to assess every situation and pick the path that would help her family the most.  Pinabel was pure evil and I spent most of the book hoping he would get what's coming to him.  One of the things I really liked about this book is that not only were there great main characters but the cast of supporting characters were pretty awesome too.  I loved Hugh from the first appearance he made and Ives completely snuck up on me.  I didn't think too much of him at first but he slowly developed into a character that I couldn't help but like.

Dislikes:  The only thing I disliked (not really disliked but questioned) was that the story ended really fast and things seemed a little too wrapped up.  I like that there were no loose ends left but at the same time it made the story seem less realistic.  

Overall, The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar is a really good book.  I am definitely looking forward to what Ms. Rendfeld has in store for readers in the future.  4 stars.

About the Author:




Kim Rendfeld has a lifelong fascination with fairy tales and legends, which set her on her quest to write The Cross and the Dragon.

She grew up in New Jersey and attended Indiana University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English, with a minor in French. If it weren't for feminism, she would be one of those junior high English teachers scaring the bejesus out of her students, correcting grammar to the point of obnoxiousness. Instead, her career has been in journalism, public relations, and now fiction.

Kim was a journalist for almost twenty years at Indiana newspapers, including the
 Journal and Courier in Lafayette, The Muncie Star, and The News and Sun in Dunkirk, and she won several awards from the Hoosier State Press Association. Her career changed in 2007, when she joined the marketing and communications team at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She gets paid to agonize over commas and hyphens, along with suggesting ways to improve writing, and thoroughly enjoys it. She is proud to have been part of projects that have received national recognition.

Kim lives in Indiana with her husband, Randy, and their spoiled cats. They have a daughter and three granddaughters.

You can read the first chapter of The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar and The Cross and the Dragon at www.kimrendfeld.com.  Follow her on twitter at @kimrendfeld.

 
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Giveaway and Review: "The End of Innocence" by Allegra Jordan


From Goodreads: 
On the eve of WWI, two students fall in love in Harvard's hallowed halls and must face a world at war from opposing sides

Helen Windship Brooks is struggling to find herself at the world-renowned Harvard-Radcliffe University when brooding German poet Wils bursts into her life. As they fall deeply in love on the brink of WWI, anti-German sentiments mount and Wils' future at Harvard-and in America-is in increasing danger. When Wils is called to fight for the Kaiser, Helen must decide if she is ready to fight her own battle for what she loves most.

From Harvard's hallowed halls to Belgium's war-ravaged battlefields, The End of Innocence is a powerful new vision of finding love and hope in a violent, broken world.


My Thoughts:  Allegra Jordan's The End of Innocence is a beautifully written story set at the beginning of World War I.  Harvard University's campus takes center stage in this heart-breaking tale of love, loss, and new beginnings.  I really don't know anything about Harvard's history or campus but this story made me want to learn more.  The descriptions of the campus and the buildings were wonderful and I enjoyed learning about the building of the memorial chapel and the two memorials in it.  I liked how the author took one of the main characters and made her the main proponent of the need for a memorial to the German students.

The story centers around Helen, Wils and his cousin, Riley.  Wils is German and Riley is English which creates an interesting dichotomy.  The war has just broken out, tempers are heated on the Harvard University campus and Wils was German when it was the least coolest thing to be.  Wils was my favorite part of the story.  I loved his personality, his poetry and just his voice in general.  He dealt with all of the negativity on campus with such grace.  Riley was an interesting character in that he seemed really superficial at first but as the story progressed, he grew into a really admirable character.  Both cousins loved each other and didn't really have strong feelings about the war but were forced to fight against each other.  I've always struggled with a 'side' when it comes to World War I and this book cemented in my head the immense suffering that both sides had to deal with.

Following Helen throughout the story was kind of like riding a roller coaster.  There were a lot of highs and lows but at the end of the day, she was an extremely tough, resilient and intelligent character.  I can't imagine dealing with the pain she had to endure but I was glad to see her find herself as the story progressed.  The only thing that I didn't love about the story is that it felt really rushed at the end.  I loved the way it ended but it still seemed to go from one story line to the next really quickly.

I'm really interested in the World War I era but I haven't read much about what was going on in the United States during the early years of the war so this story opened up a whole new world for me.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fascinating and well-written story. 4 stars.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mailbox Monday (27)


 I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday again! 

I was sure I wouldn't have a book haul post this week but I found some great deals on ebooks and I couldn't resist!  One was only $0.99 and the other $1.99; how could I say no that?!  I work at a university and the Fall semester starts tomorrow so things have been super busy for me.  I'm taking a Russian class this fall so it will be interesting to see how much reading I'll be able to get done over the next few months.

Purchased (ebooks):



What books did you get this week?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Spotlight: "Extraordinary Rendition" by Paul Batista

I'm excited to share a fascinating new thriller with you!


Synopsis

When Ali Hussein, suspected terrorist and alleged banker for Al Qaeda, is finally transported from Guantanamo Bay to the US mainland to stand trial, many are stunned when Byron Carlos Johnson, a pre-eminent lawyer and son of a high-profile diplomat, volunteers to represent him.  On principle, Johnson thought he was merely defending a man unjustly captured through Rendition and water-boarded illegally. But Johnson soon learns that there is much more at stake than one man’s civil rights.

Hussein’s intimate knowledge of key financial transactions could lead to the capture of—or the unabated funding of—the world’s most dangerous terror cells.  This makes Hussein the target of corrupt US intelligence forces on one side, and ruthless international terrorists on the other.  And, it puts Byron Carlos Johnson squarely in the crosshairs of both.

Pulled irresistibly by forces he can and cannot see, Johnson enters a lethal maze of espionage, manipulation, legal traps and murder. But when his life, his love, and his acclaimed principles are on the line, Johnson may have one gambit left that can save them all; a play that even his confidants could not have anticipated. He must become the hunter among hunters in the deadliest game.

Written by no-holds-barred-attorney Paul Batista, Extraordinary Rendition excels not only as an action thriller, but as a sophisticated legal procedural as well; tearing the curtains away from the nation’s most controversial issues. Provocative. Smart. Heart-pounding. A legal thriller of the highest order.

About the Author


Paul Batista, novelist and television personality, is one of the most widely known trial lawyers in the country. As a trial attorney, he specializes in federal criminal litigation. As a media figure, he is known for his regular appearances as guest legal commentator on a variety of television shows including, Court TV, CNN, HLN and WNBC. He's also appeared in the HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino.
A prolific writer, Batista authored the leading treatise on the primary federal anti-racketeering statute, Civil RICO Practice Manual. He has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal.

Batista's debut novel, Death's Witness, was awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
Batista is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School. He's proud to have served in the United States Army. Paul Batista lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: "Revenge and Retribution" by Anna Belfrage


Synopsis:  Revenge and Retribution is the sixth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.
Life in the Colony of Maryland is no sinecure – as Alex and Matthew Graham well know. But nothing in their previous life has prepared them for the mayhem that is about to be unleashed upon them.
Being labelled a witch is not a good thing in 1684, so it is no wonder Alex Graham is aghast at having such insinuations thrown at her. Even worse, it’s Matthew’s brother-in-law, Simon Melville, who points finger at her.
Not that the ensuing hearing is her main concern, because nowadays Alex’s entire life is tainted by the fear of what Philip Burley will do to them once he gets hold of them – there is no longer any ‘if’ about it. On a sunny May afternoon, it seems Philip Burley will at last revenge himself on Matthew for every single perceived wrong. Over the course of twenty-four hours, Alex’s life – and that of her family’s – is permanently changed.
As if all this wasn’t enough, Alex also has to cope with the loss of one of her sons. Forcibly adopted by the former Susquehannock, Samuel is dragged from Alex’s arms to begin a new life in the wilderness.
How is Alex to survive all this? And will she be able to put her damaged family back together?


My Thoughts:  All I can say is WOW!  I know I gush about these books but they just keep getting better.  This book was rough on my emotions but it is probably one of my favorites of the six in the series.

 Anna Belfrage is an amazing writer and I think that was especially evident in this book.  She makes her characters so real that you could almost feel the same things they were feeling.  The Grahams fell on some hard times in this book and there were several parts that had me in tears.  One of the reasons that I like these books so much is that they 'keep it real'.  The Grahams are an extraordinary family but they aren't immune to the hardships of the real world.  They in American colonies in the 1600s, life wouldn't have been easy and Ms. Belfrage doesn't try to sugarcoat what life would have been like. I also think she did an excellent job of dealing with some really tough issues as they related to some of her characters.  There were a few characters who experienced some really horrible things and I thought she treated them so respectfully in the way she described the events and their aftermath.

I enjoyed getting to know some of the secondary characters more in this book.  I found Lucy to be so interesting.  She did some bad things and wasn't the nicest person on the planet but it seemed that really all she wanted was a little attention. Her fascination with the little painting/portal made me wonder if she'll play a larger role in future books.  I also liked getting to know Sarah as a character and enjoyed seeing the friendship between Sarah and Father Munoz grow.  The Burleys...UGH.  I hate them so much and wish they would go away and never come back.  They are some of the worst villains I have ever read about and are right up there with Black Jack Randall on my list of characters I despise.  I knew they were a bad bunch but this book just cemented how awful they are.

After some of the events in this book, I am curious to see what role 'the present' as Alex knows it will play in future books.  I really want to know what Isaac is doing now so I'm hoping he will show up again.  I am super excited to read the next book but a little nervous at the same time (I read the preview segment, and all I have to say is WHY???).  Seriously people, if you haven't read these books yet, what are you waiting for? 4 1/2 stars.

About the Author:


I was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I’m multilingual and most of my reading is historical – both non-fiction and fiction.

I was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive … Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I’m still there. I like that – just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I’ll probably live to well over a hundred.
I was always going to be a writer. Now I am – I have achieved my dream.

For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.




I received a copy of this book from HFVBT in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday (26)

I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday again!  Check it out here!

I'm too tired from work to say much of anything today.  Here's hoping next week is a little less stressful!

From the Library:



I picked this up at the library on Wednesday and have already finished it and returned it.  It was sooo good!

For Review (from Book Junkie Promotions):



What books did you get this week?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mini Reviews (9)



I love a good spy story!  The Kill Artist is the first book in the Silva's Gabriel Allon series and it is really good.  I had picked up book 9 and 10 in the series and really enjoyed them so I decided that i needed to start from the very beginning.  Gabriel Allon is a fascinating character; an art restorer by day, an Israeli spy by night.  He's a killer with a conscious which makes for good reading.  There was a lot of detail in this book which was boring at times but I think was probably necessary to set the scene for future books.  3 stars.


Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap

I know I've said this before but I will read anything that is about Russian history.  This story is told from Anastasia's point of view as her family's world collapses.  I really enjoyed it even though I knew how it was all going to end.  I liked that the author gave Anastasia a love interest and some happiness in her short life and I liked how the author portrayed her as a strong, intelligent young women.  A good read if you are interested in this period in history.  4 stars.




This is the third book in the Willi Kraus series and I have to say it was my least favorite.  Willi, a character that I normally really like, was just not very likable in this book.  The story was hard to get into and the mystery wasn't anywhere near as exciting as in the previous two books.  I still enjoyed the story once it got moving but it was kind of a let down since the last book was so good.  3 stars.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quick Review: "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" by Diana Gabaldon

 

From Goodreads:  In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is in fact the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel and a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.

Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.

The best of historical fiction with a Moebius twist, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD weaves the fibers of a family’s life through the tapestry of historical drama.


My Thoughts:  I had a really hard time time with this book at first.  I started reading it on the day it came out, made it through a 100 pages and had to put it down.  For some reason, I just couldn't get into it.  I waited a month and picked it up again and was immediately sucked in.

The story was CRAZY at times.  There was so many different things going on and so many unexpected twists and turns that it was almost overwhelming.  There were times where I had to put it down and take a deep breath.  I think if I didn't feel so connected to the books, it wouldn't have bothered me so much.  Things finally calmed down some in the second half of the book and as a whole the book was great.  I liked how it didn't get bogged down in details like book 7 did.

Jamie and Claire are wonderful. Even though he is now kind of old, Jamie still can make swoon.  His and Claire's relationship is as strong as ever in this book and their relationship is probably my favorite in all fiction.  There were two extremely sad events that just made cry.  I won't go into detail here because I don't want to spoil it but OMG.  So many tears!  I loved how the book ended; book 7 had such a huge cliffhanger so it was nice that this one didn't.  There are a lot of questions left unanswered so I'm curious to see where she takes the story and the characters in the future.  

This is a must read if you have read any of the Outlander series. 4 stars.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mailbox Monday (25)

A new week is starting and with it comes a new Mailbox Monday post.

So who watched the Outlander premiere last night?  I watched it last week and enjoyed it.  It was a little slow for me but I thought the last twenty minutes or so were awesome.  I can't wait to see what happens next week!  Sam Heughan has become Jamie and he is amazing!!

Anyway, I guess I better get to the books.  I had a good reading week last week and couldn't help but pick up some books at the library.

From the Library:
 

 This one has been on my TBR list for a looong time. I just happened upon it at the library and decided it was time I read it.

I love a good Highland romance novel.  I have read all of Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and have been looking for something new.

Borrowed:
 

A coworker of mine brought this book for me to read.  We both LOVE Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I just started it and am really liking it.  The Little House books are going to be making an appearance on the blog in the Fall so be on the look out for them.

What books did you get this week?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

July Wrap Up

This is a little late but I wanted to post a wrap up of July.  I'm so not ready for August to be here.  The beginning of the school year is just pure insanity for me at work and it seems like summer went by way too fast.

 July was an awesome reading month for me!  I don't know how I managed to get in so much reading because I was super crazy busy but I did.  I read 8 books in July which put me at 44 books read for the year.  Only 6 away from my goal of 50!  I am going to raise my goal at some point but not until I hit 50 so I can gauge how I high to set it.

July was a different month for me because only 3 of the 8 books I read were review books.  The rest were from the library.  It was kind of nice to take a break and just read what I want.  

Here is what I read:

1.) The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
2.) Prisoner of the Queen by E. Knight
3.) The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
4.) The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
5.) Picnic at the Iron Curtain by Susan Viets
6.) Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman
7.) Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap
8.) The Kill Artist by Gabriel Allon

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Blast and Giveaway: "The Typewriter Girl" by Alison Atlee

Author Alison Atlee's The Typewriter Girl is now an audio­book, nar­rated by Audie win­ner Ros­alyn Lan­dor, and in celebration she'll be touring the blogosphere from August 4-29 with HF Virtual Book Tours!

02_The Typewriter Girl

Audible Audio Book Edition
Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2014
Listening Length: 12 hours and 39 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English
ASIN: B00JH0L9HW

Genre: Historical Fiction

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A Pub­lish­ers Weekly Best Books of the Year pick: The Type­writer Girl is a “spec­tac­u­lar debut, set in a per­fectly real­ized Vic­to­rian England.”

When Bet­sey Dob­son dis­em­barks from the Lon­don train in the sea­side resort of Idensea, all she owns is a small valise and a canary in a cage. After an attempt to forge a let­ter of ref­er­ence she knew would be denied her, Bet­sey has been fired from the typ­ing pool of her pre­vi­ous employer. Her vig­or­ous protest left one man wounded, another jilted, and her char­ac­ter per­ma­nently besmirched.

Now, with­out money or a ref­er­ence for a new job, the future looks even bleaker than the deba­cle she left behind her.

But her life is about to change … because a young Welsh­man on the rail­road quay, wait­ing for another woman, is the one finally will­ing to believe in her.

Mr. Jones is inept in mat­ters of love, but a genius at things mechan­i­cal. In Idensea, he has con­structed a glit­ter­ing pier that astounds the wealthy tourists. And in Bet­sey, he rec­og­nizes the ideal tour man­ager for the Idensea Pier & Plea­sure Build­ing Company.

After a life­time of guard­ing her secrets and break­ing the rules, Bet­sey becomes a force to be reck­oned with. Together, she and Mr. Jones must find a way for her to suc­ceed in a soci­ety that would reject her, and fig­ure the price of sur­ren­der­ing to the tides of love.


Praise for The Typewriter Girl


“Atlee’s out¬standing debut unflinchingly explores … the unforgiving man’s world of Victorian England.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“Easily one of the most romantic books I’ll read all year … John and Betsey are compelling and worth rooting for.” –DEAR AUTHOR (a Recommended Read)

“Sweeps readers to a satisfying conclusion.” –LIBRARY JOURNAL

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About the Author03_Alison Atlee


Alison Atlee spent her childhood re-enacting Little Women and trying to fashion nineteenth century wardrobes for her Barbie dolls. Happily, these activities turned out to be good preparation for writing historical novels. She now lives in Kentucky.

For more information please visit Alison Atlee's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and Pinterest.

The Typewriter Girl Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule


Monday, August 4
Review at Peeking Between the Pages (Audio Book)
Book Blast at Mina's Bookshelf
Book Blast at Princess of Eboli
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, August 5
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews (Print)
Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, August 6
Book Blast at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, August 7
Book Blast at Mari Reads
Book Blast at Book Lovers Paradise

Friday, August 8
Book Blast at Book Blast Central

Saturday, August 9
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, August 10
Book Blast at Book Nerd

Monday, August 11
Review at Just One More Chapter (Audio Book)
Book Blast at Gobs and Gobs of Books

Tuesday, August 12
Book Blast at Queen of All She Reads

Wednesday, August 13
Review at Historical Tapestry (Audio Book)
Book Blast at The Lit Bitch
Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, August 14
Review at A Bookish Affair (Print)
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Friday, August 15
Review at Brooke Blogs (Audio Book)
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Saturday, August 16
Book Blast at Broken Teepee

Sunday, August 17
Interview at Closed the Cover

Monday, August 18
Review at The Maiden's Court (Audio Book)

Tuesday, August 19
Book Blast at Layered Pages
Book Blast at Always with a Book

Wednesday, August 20
Book Blast at Literary, Etc.

Thursday, August 21
Review at Books in the Burbs (Print)
Book Blast at Bibliotica

Friday, August 22
Review at Bibliophilia, Please (Audio Book)

Saturday, August 23
Book Blast at Reading Lark
Book Blast at Ageless Pages Reviews

Sunday, August 24
Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Monday, August 25
Review at Flashlight Commentary (Audio Book)
Book Blast at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, August 26
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 27
Book Blast at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, August 28
Review at Luxury Reading (Print)
Review at The True Book Addict (Audio Book)
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (Print)

Friday, August 29
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

The Typewriter Girl Swag Giveaway


One copy of The Typewriter Girl (Audio Book or Print)
Set of earbuds in a cute typewriter print pouch
A Typewriter Girl Happily-Ever-After t-shirt (features last lines from famous novels)
A vintage style postcard "from" Idensea, the setting of The Typewriter Girl
A "dream wildly" ribbon bookmark with typewriter key charms

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Mini Reviews (8)



This book is awesome.  I just happened upon it at the library and was immediately intrigued.  It is one of the creepiest books I've read in a long time.  There were points where I had to stop reading it because it was I was home alone and getting freaked out.  I love when a book can really freak me out! The story kept me interested from page one and I never saw the end coming.  There was one character, Katherine, who I didn't like and I thought she really didn't add much to the story as a whole.  Otherwise, it was a great read. 4 stars.



If you haven't read any of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books, you should do so ASAP!  I read The Shadow of the Wind several years ago and loved it and have been meaning to read this one for a long time.  The Angel's Game is the second book in the Cemetary of Forgotten Books series and I really enjoyed it.  It's definitely weird but in a cool way.  The writing is beautiful and the characters are incredibly unique.  The only thing that bothered me is that the end seemed to leave some questions unanswered for me but it didn't completely ruin my overall feelings for the book.  4 stars.



This is another sequel that I've been meaning to read for a long time and finally got around to.  This is actually more like a prequel to The Sleepwalkers but was written afterward.  The story focuses on Willi Kraus who is a Jewish German detective in pre-World War II Berlin.  It's a mystery with Hitler's rise to power as a backdrop.  The historical aspects are super interesting and the murder mystery is good and creepy.  There is a third book in this series and I definitely plan to pick it up soon.  If you like historical mysteries, you should check this one out.  4 stars.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mailbox Monday (24)

I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday again this week!

The newly remodeled local library opened up last Saturday and we had to go see it and get some new books.  It is amazing!  Julia loved running around in the kid's section.  I will try to write a post about it soon. 


From the Library:
 
(Hopefully I will find the time to read this one.  I've checked it out a couple times.)
 
For Review:
 
 

What books did you get this week?
 
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