Monthly Archives: September 2015

Book Review – Journey’s End

Journey's EndJourney’s End by Jennifer L. Place

The title of Journey’s End describes many things about this book. It was a place and that estate became a character in itself and it was a state of being for the main characters of Quinn Delaney and Declan Gray. Set in the Hudson Valley in the alternating times of the late 1800s/early 1900s and the 1930s, Journey’s End describes the tragic life of Declan Gray through the stories that his best friend Quinn Delaney relates to his grandson, Aiden. When Aiden discovers Declan’s lost diary, he gives his dying grandfather one of his last wishes, to know what actually happened to Declan when he disappeared 30 years previous. The heart of this novel are the relationships and I wish I could have had more time to delve into them. This is where I felt Ms. Place might have rushed herself. I wanted to see more of the interactions between Quinn and Declan, Declan and his wife, and Declan and his spunky business partner. The only relationship that felt truly satisfying was between Quinn and Aiden and I still would have liked more time with them. Still, Journey’s End is a unique and heartfelt story with above average writing. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes character-driven period pieces.

*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*

Check this out… Gender Ratio in Popular Fiction

Gender ratio in popular fiction via Ebook Friendly

Gender ratio in popular fiction infographic

15 Literary Guys That I Wish Were Real

Not in any particular order.
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15 Literary Guys (from books I’ve read) That I Wish Were Real
Persuasion by Jane Austen 1. Captain Frederick Wentworth
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle 2. Derek Stone
Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle
The Mysterious Affair at Styles 3. Hercule Poirot
Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 4. Étienne St. Clair
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Vision in White by Nora Roberts 5. Carter Maguire
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 6. Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 7. Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series &
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 8. Sirius Black
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman 9. Will Parry
His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
The Start of Me and You 10. Max Watson
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond 11. Jeremy Laidley
Rather series by C.A. Belmond
Emma by Jane Austen 12. George Knightley
Emma by Jane Austen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. Dickon Sowerby
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 14. Dr. John Dolittle
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 15. Tristran Thorn
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Book Reviews – YA Romance

I might have gone on a little YA romance binge, so today’s reviews are going be a slight departure from the norm. Rather than bore you with weeks of reviewing similar stories, I’m going to very briefly compare and contrast them all right now.

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YA Romance comparison chart

 

 

Check this out… 24 Books to Read in Under One Hour

24 books to read in under one hour via ebookfriendly

For any time-strapped readers out there…

 

24 books you can read in under one hour infographic

Book Riot Quarterly Box #8

Time to take a peek at another box of bookish goodies…

Book Riot Quarterly Box 8

Inside this quarter’s box I found:

  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray – This novel opens with 14-year-old Skippy dying and then flashes back and forth to show life at Skippy’s Dublin boarding school.
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith – I’ve heard many good things about this novel featuring an interracial family from England having to deal with life in a small college town in Massachusetts.
  • Custom Books Pennant – A Book Riot colored felt pennant which I, of course, promptly attached to my bookshelf.
  • 3-Pack of Original Field Notes Notebooks – 3 pocket-sized notebooks for all your note-taking needs.
  • Read Harder Custom Koozie – For the frosty beverage of your choice when you are reading.

Get yours at https://quarterly.co/products/book-riot and you won’t have to live vicariously through me. =)

Book Review – Until Friday Night

Until Friday Night book coverUntil Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Warning: if you read this book, there will be tears. But, please, don’t let that stop you. The first in a new series by Abbi Glines, Until Friday Night, takes readers to a small Alabama town where Friday nights are reserved for football and everyone owns a pickup truck. West Ashby looks like he has it all: popularity, talent on the football field and the kind of good looks that make him cocky. Yet, he’s hiding the enormous pain of watching his father slowly die from cancer. Maggie Carleton knows all about the pain of losing a parent. She had to witness her father kill her mother and since that day she’s been silent. As West finally finds someone who understands his pain, Maggie begins to break her silence and maybe, they can save each other. This book has all the feels. The emotions felt incredibly real and I couldn’t put it down. Told in alternating first person, it is easy to get attached to West and Maggie when you see them so open and raw. Until Friday Night grabbed me and won’t let me go for awhile. Abbi Glines just ensured that I’ll keep reading this series.

Check this out… Classic Book Covers Come to Life with Subtle GIFs

Classic Book Covers Come to Life with Subtle GIFs via Mental Floss

These are super cool! Just a small touch really brings these to life.

Green Eggs and Ham book cover GIF

The Importance of Being Earnest Wordle

20 most common nouns in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Importance of Being Earnest wordle art

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Book Review – The Word Exchange

The Word ExchangeThe Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

In a world where reading on paper has gone all but extinct, a few passionate people are still working on the last print edition of the North American Dictionary of the English Language. But a few days before the tome’s release, the chief editor goes missing. His daughter, Anana Johnson, searches for him and discovers a digital conspiracy that threatens all language, whether spoken, handwritten or digital. The Word Exchange is a thriller for book and language nerds. Alena Graedon has created an eerily believable futuristic world where our handheld devices can read our subconscious and know what we want or need before we do; a world where we are physically and intellectually dependent on the internet for information as seemingly innocuous as the definition of “fork.” While the action sometimes slowed to an unnecessary slog,  it did not stop me from finishing the book within a day. Overall, the novel is a supremely engrossing whirl through the fluidity of language.