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review 2017-08-14 00:00
These Shallow Graves
These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly I had wanted to read this for some time...and that was just because of the beautiful cover, to be honest! But then I was pleasantly surprised by the story that weaved together historical fiction, mystery, some romance, a little bit of women's lib in a YA book that read really smoothly, and with a nice dose of humor.
I loved the little peek at how forensic evidence was beginning to be used to solve crimes at that time, and enjoyed how Connelly showed the stark contrast between the wealthy and poor.
I found myself connecting to the character of Jo, who was just burning to seek out a life of 'something more' and related to her sense of entrapment, and her struggle. I expect many young girls reading this book will relate to it, even though Jo was in another place and time. There were a few 'too convenient' plot points, but overall, I enjoyed the entire storyline which was quite good in keeping the reader guessing throughout. Connelly also weaved a rich tapestry of the time period to keep your brain imagining details like what people were wearing, the filth (!), and throw in an insane asylum, and you get bonus points from me. Overall, a really fun read.
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review 2017-04-29 03:26
Book Review: The Tea Rose
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly

Book: The Tea Rose

 

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

 

Genre: Fiction/19th Century/Romance

 

Summary: East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

 

But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything - and everyone - she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future. - St. Martin's Griffin, 2002.

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review 2017-04-06 17:52
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book - Jennifer Donnelly

I absolutely loved this book!

 

I thought the story fit very well into the movie's timeline. It also did a nice job of briefly going over some of the things that happened in the movie in case you haven't seen it yet.

 

I loved the whole idea of Belle getting lost in an enchanted book. I loved all the things Belle's said about how she felt about reading.

 

Overall, this book was just so perfect.

 

Also, the cover is just so gorgeous.

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text 2017-04-05 03:28
Reading progress update: I've read 229 out of 352 pages.
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book - Jennifer Donnelly
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text 2017-04-03 03:54
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 352 pages.
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book - Jennifer Donnelly
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