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review 2018-02-23 14:27
Historical novel about a young woman's awakening and “journey” – entertaining
The Illumination of Ursula Flight - Anna-Marie Crowhurst



Taking place at the end of the 17th century in the reign of Charles II, this novel deals with a few years in the life of Ursula Flight, born into the gentry, well-educated by her father, married off to wealth and eventually finding her true vocation by the time she's 19 years old, having gone through that cliché, an emotional rollercoaster.

A well-researched and entertaining novel, the characters are well-developed but many aspects of the plotline were not unexpected apart from the ending. A little too predictable in places for my liking and a bit long in the middle section, it is however well worth a read if you're interested in England under the Stuarts and a woman's “journey”.

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

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review 2018-02-22 09:18
All you need is love by Marie Force
All You Need is Love - Marie Force

All you need is love by Marie Force

The first book in the Green Mountain series. Marie sets the tone for the series in All You Need Is Love. It's a delightful story about the big city girl and the small-town guy. You are introduced to large loving family, which sets the stage for many books to come in this series.

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review 2018-02-22 07:49
Historical novel about a young woman's awakening and “journey” – entertaining
The Illumination of Ursula Flight - Anna-Marie Crowhurst

 Taking place at the end of the 17th century in the reign of Charles II, this novel deals with a few years in the life of Ursula Flight, born into the gentry, well-educated by her father, married off to wealth and eventually finding her true vocation by the time she's 19 years old, having gone through that cliché, an emotional rollercoaster.

 

A well-researched and entertaining novel, the characters are well-developed but many aspects of the plotline were not unexpected apart from the ending. A little too predictable in places for my liking and a bit long in the middle section, it is however well worth a read if you're interested in England under the Stuarts and a woman's “journey”.

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review 2018-02-15 18:42
French Fun!
F Is for France: A Curious Cabinet of Fr... F Is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders - Piu Marie Eatwell

A highly enjoyable, fact-filled book. It is one that you can pick up and read a few entries, then set it aside until you have more time. Broken down alphabetically, it covers SO many subjects. Everything from absinthe (what it is, it's history, and how to prepare it), to wine (descriptions, history, types of wine glasses, and serving it). And much more! Ever wonder if you can get fast food in France (you can)? French perfume? This book will explain it. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. This is a really fun, easily readable book. If you have any desire to visit France, or are just curious, this is a great book for your nightstand!

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review 2018-02-09 22:57
Overall a fun read about one of the most iconic superheroes; needed a bit more action and emotional insight
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu

I couldn't wait for this book to come out, having enjoyed the first book in the DC Icons series, 'Wonder Woman: Warbringer', and because it was author Marie Lu that would be taking on the task of the story of the origins of the Dark Knight. I think that anyone taking on such an iconic character outside of graphic novels is pretty brave, but massively exciting! After reading 'Warcross' it seemed like Marie was primed to take this on.

First of all, as a reader of a story about such a notorious character as Batman, I needed to remind myself going in, that this wasn't the character with the mask and the cape and the gadgets. This is about a teen called Bruce Wayne, with his teenage friends, who still has the sad backstory of his parents being brutally murdered in an alleyway in Gotham City, and he is primed to now inherit the family fortune. He has barely realized his desire to rid the streets of the 'bad guys' yet, and he hasn't developed the emotional 'shield' that we witness in various popular incarnations of his character. It's like reading a fresh and quite naive version of the young Batman/Bruce Wayne we have all come to know, to the point that we are wondering if it's the same guy...until about the last quarter of the book, where the action picks up for young Bruce Wayne.

The novel seems pretty slow because from most of our recollections of this character, where he's usually busy doing what he does best: hauling in the crooks for the police department in Gotham City. In 'Nightwalker', Bruce Wayne is doing community service work inside Arkham Asylum (as you do), mopping floors, and talking to a mysterious and beautiful criminal called Madeleine (so there's quite a bit of talking and mind games, honestly). You get the sense that Bruce has a lot of personal work on himself to do, and has a long way to go before he's going to be a kick-ass crime-fighter (this girl really knows how to pull a fast one on him). But you see the beginnings of the Batman that eventually emerges and how his personal relationships are a vital catalyst for him. It's fun to read his interactions with his butler Alfred, and I'd love to have seen more of that, but that's probably out of familiarity that I say that.

Overall, it's a fun read, but low on action content (I hoped for more!), and I wanted more insight and a deeper window into his personal and emotional world; there could have been more development with his friends, especially given his age. This fits in pretty nicely after 'Warbringer' and I enjoyed reading the snippet of the Catwoman book at the very end; I have high hopes for that one too, even though I know less about that character. My son's biggest complaint (he's just ten), is that these well-known YA authors (to me!) are not doing his favorite Marvel Icons as well. Captain America, Adam Silvera?

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