1.25.2015

Sunday is for pancakes

Just a little food love this morning. Whether you make them at home or go out to have them, pancakes are the ultimate comfort food, especially when it's cold outside.

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1.21.2015

Review: The Accident


The Accident
The Accident by C.L. Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A 3.5 star read for me. While I liked the mystery of what happened to Charlotte and I can usually roll with unreliable narrators, I found Sue & her diary entries of the past to be irritating. This was definitely a page turner but once the past and present converged this was a crackfic hot mess and I kept reading to see how far the author was going to take this. If I'd known this was how the book was going to read, I'd have saved it for a vacation beach read. It was that kind of melodramatic. Still, I'm glad I read it as it's been on my TBR list for some time and all in all, I'd read another book by this author.



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1.17.2015

Review: The Tyrant's Daughter


The Tyrant's Daughter
The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



4 stars! I've had this in my e-book TBR pile for too long and decided to read it as one of my goals for 2015 is to pare those down. I'm very glad I read this and can say that I'm sorry I didn't read it sooner. Over the summer, my husband roped me in to watch the show Tyrant with him and that was somewhere in my mind when I decided I'd read this. Laila was an interesting character and I enjoyed her narration. I found myself bristling with her sometimes but then I'd remember all she'd been through and felt her action, in-action and reactions to things made sense. I won't spoil but I very much felt for her and at the end, I wanted more. I wanted to know what would become of her and if she & her family would be okay. I admit that I didn't quite get her plan with the bank accounts and I didn't have much hope for Amir's family under the same regime (ostensibly those who advised Laila's father would be the same advising & carrying out things for Bastien & Mother. Still, I felt it was a solid enough ending & that it left me wanting to know more, really ranks it highly for me. This is a quick read, I read it in a matter of hours in one day. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good story on the perspective of one recently displaced from their home country or new to America. It's not just a good YA book, it's a good book, so give it a read.



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1.15.2015

Review: Scarlet


Scarlet
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I've had this on my TBR list for too long and one of my goals for 2015 is to pare down my copious e-books. I'm glad I've read this one and it was a quick read but that's also a little of what made it a 3.5 versus a 4 star read for me. Perhaps I'm expecting more than I should but I quite enjoyed Cinder and Scarlet was okay but felt a bit flat. I expected more from the world-building but I have to admit that I still haven't a very clear idea of how the world is in the state it's in for our characters. Also, the writing seemed so... simple and in a way that kind of annoyed me. Perhaps the writing style was the same in Cinder (it's been quite a while since I've read that) but it really bothered me here. I know it's a YA series but this still felt too basic in writing style. I do think the fairytale re-imagining makes this worth reading no matter what though and that's likely what will make me read Cress (I also have that on my reader so I should read my money's worth anyway). I'd definitely recommend this for fans of the series and those with an interest in re-imagined stories.



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1.13.2015

Review: What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age


What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age
What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age by Renee Rosen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Definitely a 4.5 read and a favorite for sure! I'm a sucker for department store stories and Marshall Field & Co is about as storied as they come so I was pretty excited to read this one. Delia and Marshall had a more than 30 year affair and it wasn't until both their original spouses had expired that Delia became "Mrs. Field". The story of a long romance between the young woman and the man many years her senior reminded me of A Triple Knot by Emma Campion (I read it last year). There was a lot that took place over the span of the story and I won't spoil it but I do think Arthur Caton and Nannie Field are two of the more interesting characters featured. I admit to not being a bit sorry when Nannie's storyline concluded & considering she was the first Mrs. Field and had a legitimate claim to post a grievance about, that took some doing. Arthur's story was just heart-breaking and poignant. I did tire a bit of Delia's shaking & apprehensiveness over being shunned by the socialite circuit. This spanned years and I felt that as she was carrying on her affair as pretty much public knowledge she shouldn't have expected any other, she shouldn't have cared nor should she have craved those two-faced bitter chicks phony attention for a minute. Still, this was a very good and long look at some very interesting characters and there are also great descriptions of the Chicago fire, beautiful homes and the various iterations of Marshall Field's stores over time. If you're a fan, Selfridge even features into the story here and I enjoyed that as well.

I'd definitely recommend this one to historical fiction fans, department store story fans and just anyone looking for a good weekend read.



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