Speak Easy, Speak Love
Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
If my rating was solely based on the cover, this would easily be a Five-Star read. Unfortunately, it can't be based solely on the cover. I didn't know anything about Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing going into this, but I googled it and read a summary of it. Basically, that just gave the underlying plot away...I'm not sure if it wise for me to have done that, though. This was an adorably done and clever take on the era, with generally likable characters. Although, it is possible she tried to work too many relevant elements from the 1920's into this one story.
Sadly, the writing was too difficult and disjointed for me to follow, especially with any kind of action depicted. This slowed my reading time immensely and kept me from wanting to continue at times. Despite all that, I did love the ending, when all the love matches came together and whatnot.
☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ It's so pretty…I quite love it.
Setting~ 1920's Long Island and surrounding New York area.
Source~ Kindle eBook (Library)
I thought this got off to a bit of a slow start, but now around 100 pages in or so, it's shaping up nicely.
The only other thing I've read by this author was PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, which was one of my favorite books of 2017. There was a lot of humor in that, but it wasn't exactly a narrative-more like the recounting and relating of a time period in our history.
MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM is showing some of that humor which I appreciate, just not as much of it as I would like. I am enjoying the nostalgic feel of it, and in my ENHANCED copy there are cool extras...like flies crawling across the cover and things like that.
Onward I go...
Book Title: The Sandcastle Empire
Author: Kayla Olson
Narration: Andi Arndt
Genre: Dystopian | YA
Setting: A Mysterious Island
Source: Audiobook (Library)
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Main Characters: 3.7/5
Secondary Characters: 3.2/5
The Feels: 3/5
Theme or Tone: 4/5
Flow (Writing Style): 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Book Cover: 5+/5
Ending: 3.8/5 Cliffhanger: Nope.
Total: 3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-
The Sandcastle Empire was both languid and quick moving. Sort of like everything is draped in a heavy fog. The writing and Andi Arndt's narration gave most of the book this warm, fluid, and free-flowing feel. Until an action scene and then I found it difficult to keep up and comprehend the quickness of them. The dystopian world that this depicts has the potential to be so complex but isn't really fleshed out enough and neither were the characters, unfortunately. Mostly, it just left me feeling like I wanted more than what I got.
I've read that this is being made into a movie…it's possible, with the LOST-like island and its many pitfalls, that it might do well on the screen.
⇝Will I read more from this Author⇜ This is her debut, I believe, so I might. Especially, if they have such breathtaking covers…they pull me in every time.
October is a horror month but we simply had to mention the following fantasy and science fiction new releases. We know that books shouldn't be judged by the covers, but these cover arts really caught our eyes. SO BEAUTIFUL.
The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.
Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.
This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.
Susan Hill meets Wilkie Collins in Alison Littlewood's latest chiller: mad-doctor Nathaniel is obsessed with the beautiful Mrs Harleston - but is she truly delusional? Or is she hiding secrets that should never be uncovered?
Haunted by his father's suicide, Nathaniel Kerner walks away from the highly prestigious life of a consultant to become a mad-doctor. He takes up a position at Crakethorne Asylum, but the proprietor is more interested in phrenology and his growing collection of skulls than the patients' minds. Nathaniel's only interesting case is Mrs Victoria Harleston: her husband accuses her of hysteria and delusions - but she accuses him of hiding secrets far more terrible.
Nathaniel is increasingly obsessed with Victoria, but when he has her mesmerised, there are unexpected results: Victoria starts hearing voices, the way she used to - her grandmother always claimed they came from beyond the grave - but it also unleashes her own powers of mesmerism . . . and a desperate need to escape.
Increasingly besotted, Nathaniel finds himself caught up in a world of séances and stage mesmerism in his bid to find Victoria and save her.
The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.
The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.
They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.
From renowned artist Gregory Manchess comes a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future.
When it started to snow, it didn’t stop for 1,500 years. The Pole Shift that ancient climatologists talked about finally came, the topography was ripped apart and the weather of the world was changed—forever. Now the Earth is covered in snow, and to unknown depths in some places.
In this world, Wes Singleton leaves the academy in search of his father, the famed explorer Galen Singleton, who was searching for a lost city until Galen’s expedition was cut short after being sabotaged. But Wes believes his father is still alive somewhere above the timberline.
Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valerie Beaulieu she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.
Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamt of. But Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.
The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the belle époque.
Three weeks after the events of Nightshades, things are finally beginning to settle for the Chicago branch of the BPI, but the brief respite from the horror of the previous few weeks was never destined to last.
The team gets a call from Switch Creek, WI, where a young man has been arrested on suspicion of being a shade.
The suspect is held overnight, pending DNA testing, but seemingly escapes in a terrifying and bloody massacre. But is there more to the jailbreak than a simple quest for freedom?
Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.
A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.
Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.
What are your October cover love picks?
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