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review 2019-01-21 02:07
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Moron
The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Kate Morton

A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

My real name, no one remembers.

The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

 

Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel that contains a sepia photograph of a beautiful Victorian woman, and an artist's sketchbook with a drawing of a gabled house by the river. She is taken aback by the drawing because it is so familiar—it reminds her of the house from the stories her late mother used to tell her. But who is the beautiful woman in the picture? This sends Elodie on a journey to Birchwood Manor, an estate on the river Thames, in the hopes that she will uncover the identity of the girl that transcends the photo with her arresting gaze.

 

A century and a half earlier, Edward Radcliffe hosts a month-long retreat for group of artists at Birchwood. Their plan is to create art, but at the close of the month, Radcliffe's fiancée has been shot and killed, his muse and a family heirloom have vanished, and his life and reputation is in disrepair.

 

The Clockmaker's Daughter is a remarkable story that is told in multiple voices and spans many years.  Its themes are adversity, loss, love, and resilience and at the heart of it all is the ghost of Birdie Bell, the clockmaker's daughter.

 

Morton's writing is gorgeous, sweeping, and intricate. This hauntingly beautiful story is made up of vignettes—which are stories from the people that lived in the house—that thread the past and present storylines together. My only criticism is that there are too many of them and what happens is that they detract from the narrative. There are times where several chapters go by without any mention of the main characters and unfortunately, this is where some of Morton's audience will jump ship.

 

The finale is incredibly satisfying and I encourage the reader to slog through the vignettes because their patience will be rewarded. Morton makes it all worthwhile by harmonizing the stories and characters. She is a master and her writing is breathtaking.

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review 2019-01-20 03:58
Book Review: Jessica Quits the Squad
Jessica Quits the Squad - Kate William,Francine Pascal

Title: Jessica Quits The Squad
Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William
Series: Sweet Valley High, #112
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Cheerleading madness!
Jessica Wakefield finally meets her match when beautiful Heather Mallone moves to town. Not only is Heather glamorous and popular, she's also the best cheerleader Sweet Valley High has ever seen! She has big plans for the squad, including stealing Jessica's role as captain. Outraged at the idea of sharing the spotlight, Jessica starts the biggest feud in cheerleading history!
Elizabeth Wakefield should be happy that Jessica is falling in love with Ken Matthews, but instead she tries to keep them apart. Is Elizabeth really in love with her boyfriend, Todd Wilkins -- or is she harboring a secret passion for Ken?
Book One in this riveting three-part miniseries ... Will the Sweet Valley cheerleaders make it to the top

 

Favourite character: Jessica (shockingly)
Least favourite character: Elizabeth (less shocking) & Heather

 

Mini-review: My, my, my. This is a first. I rooted for Jessica the whole book, while I’m normally screaming her name in frustration. This time I was yelling at Elizabeth for being such a crappy human. Grr.

 

Fan-cast:
Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield - Lili Reinhart
Ken Matthews - Brandon Larracuente
Heather Mallone - Skyler Samuels
Annie Whitman - Sammi Hanratty
Maria Santelli - Francesca Reale
Robin Wilson - Sarah Jeffrey
Lila Fowler - Laura Harrier
Helen Bradley - Nicola Peltz
Jean West - Olivia Holt
Sandra Bacon - Anya Taylor-West
WInston Egbert - Joey Bragg
Amy Sutton - Kelly Washington
Bruce Patman - Richard Harmon
Todd Wilkins - Blake Michael
Mr. Collins - Lee Pace
Alice Wakefield - Laura Dern

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text 2019-01-20 02:21
Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
Jessica Quits the Squad - Kate William,Francine Pascal

Should've known that Elizabeth and Ken's side story would have been introduced at some point.

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text 2019-01-20 00:38
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Jessica Quits the Squad - Kate William,Francine Pascal

Jessica and Ken? Should be an interesting couple...

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text 2019-01-19 22:01
I Can't Do It
Jessica's Secret Diary (Sweet Valley High) - Francine Pascal

I can't read a book that is a rewrite of everything I just spent a year reading to read a new six page scene out of 300.

 

 

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