Journey’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.*
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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Time to take a peek at another box of bookish goodies…
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. =)
Until 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.
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.
20 most common nouns in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The 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.