Book Review: A Sound Among the Trees

Sound Among the TreesA Sound Among the Trees: A NovelA Sound Among the Trees: A Novel by Susan Meissner

Multi-generational stories fascinate me, so I was hoping that Meissner’s book would pull me into that world. And she did, somewhat. The contemporary part of the story? Not that interesting, and it felt draggy.

I liked Adelaide. I liked Marielle (although her character development was virtually nonexistant, which was a disappointment). I liked everyone. But the mystery of the house didn’t interest me and I found myself nit-picking bits – the relationship between Marielle and her new stepchildren that seemed unrealistic, a geographical mistake by the author.

Then I arrived at the historical section of the book – about a hundred pages of letters from Susanna Page just before and during the Civil War. I read that portion of the book in one night, pushing bedtime back later and later, because I was caught up in her tale. The abrupt ending made me regret having to come back to the contemporary story.

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Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot MysteryMurder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie

Another book club pick, and my very first Christie. Considering my love for mysteries, I’m not entirely sure why I’ve never read any of her books before.*

While it took me a few pages to get into the story, once I did I was hooked. I liked Poirot’s character, and I liked the methodical approach to his investigation.

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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyBook Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

April’s pick for my book club, so I was clearly impatient. I originally read the book in 2009 and was eager to reread it and see if I still liked it as much as I had back then.

I may have even loved it more, as this time around I was able to pace myself a bit better and wasn’t wondering how certain events would resolve.
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Book Review: Cinder

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“Fractured fairy-tales” are one of my favorite sub-genres. I love when an author takes a familiar tale and morphs it into something new. Still with familiar elements, but altered into a new story.

So of course I had to read Marissa Meyer’s book Cinder. It’s the first in a dystopian series, and they are all going to feature some familiar characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.

I feel like I shouldn’t have liked the book as much as I did. A lot of it is predictable (even knowing that obviously some things will be predictable when it’s a retelling of a familiar tale), but it was just so much fun to read that I didn’t mind.

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Book Review: Sense and Sensibility

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I’ve already confessed that Sense and Sensibility was my first time reading Austen, and that it had me all but kicking myself for waiting so long to read her. So, this review won’t contain any big surprises – I loved the book! [Read more…]

Twitterature: February’s Current Reads

twitterature-graphic1Jumping the gun a bit as the link-up doesn’t go live until tomorrow, but in anticipation of Modern Mrs Darcy’s reading feature, here’s an up-to-the-moment-of-writing look at the books I have in progress or am about to start reading.

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Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

Trickster's ChoiceTrickster’s ChoiceBook Review: Trickster's Choice and Trickster’s QueenBook Review: Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce

Reviewing them together because if you read and like the first, you’ll want to read the second. And you’ll enjoy the second a lot more if you’ve read the first.

I’m a big fan of Tamora Pierce’s fantasy sagas, and she didn’t disappoint in this pair. If you’ve never read her Song of the Lioness quartetTamora Pierce Song of the Lioness quartet, the Trickster’s books are sequels to those. It’s not essential that you read the other series first, but these do end up spoiling some events from the first series if that’s an issue for you.

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Book Review: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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I can say without much doubt that I would never have picked this book up on my own, but when my friend Anne recommends it as highly as she does, I knew I had to give it a chance.

And I am so glad I did. I took it with me on our Thanksgiving trip, and it was a perfect vacation read. Light and fun, without being silly and making me regret spending my reading time on it.

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Book Review: Dark Road to Darjeeling

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Book 4 in the Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane mysteries. I’d enjoyed books 1 – 3 quite a bit, as fun historicals. This book was a lot less fun, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re reading the series and are as much a stickler for not skipping books in a series as I am.

If you haven’t read any of the earlier books and think you might and don’t want to know some details that are discovered in those books, you might want to stop reading now.

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Book Review: The Dragon’s Tooth

Book Review: The Dragon's Tooth The Dragon’s ToothBook Review: The Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson

Remember how I said last week that Dead Man’s Hand read like it was written to target fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson seriesPercy Jackson Series? Well, Wilson’s book also seemed like it was written just to target that market.

The action starts almost immediately and never lets up throughout the entire book. The pace is breathless. There are supernatural characters and artifacts of all sorts, and Wilson clearly has a good imagination.

    Unfortunately Wilson also includes several of my biggest fiction irritants:
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