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review 2019-01-10 17:48
The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

I had hoped that I would like this book more than I actually did. But as it often is with books that have a story inside a story, I ended up liking one of the stories while the other one was a complete dud.

 

In this case I liked the story set in the past, told by Vida Winter to young Margaret Lea. Especially the ending of her storyline was gripping and left me with a profound sadness, even though I wasn´t a big fan of the twin plot in general throughout the whole book.

 

And then there is Margarets story. I found Margaret boring and bland and her twin "issues" felt incredibly contrived. And I especially disliked how Setterfield treated the mother within the story. She felt like a villanous kind of character, even though I was under the impression that she suffered from a mental illness. So there was a lot of beating around the bush in regards to the mother, which annoyed me immensely.

 

So in the end this book was ok and it wasn´t a complete waste of time. But since I had high hopes for this novel, I feel a bit disappointed as well.

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text 2019-01-02 18:00
Reading progress update: I've read 408 out of 408 pages.
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

If the rest of the book would have been as riveting as the last 80 pages and the main character would have been less annoying, I would have liked this book much more than I actually did. But as it is, this book has merely been an ok read for me.

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text 2019-01-02 12:51
Reading progress update: I've read 207 out of 408 pages.
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

Did she know I had noticed? I had made no outward sign. But I had noticed. Today Miss Winter had said I.

 

Wow, Margaret had finally realized it as well. Miss Winter has done that for quite some time now. 

I´m sure there is a deeper meaning behind but to be honest, I don´t care.

 

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text 2018-12-30 18:44
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 416 pages.
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

It´s about time that I´m starting this book, because my due date at the library is slowly approaching. 

 

The Thirteenth Tale has been on my "Want-to-read" list for ages and I hope that I´m going to like it. So far the main character, Margaret, strikes me as an odd character, despite her being a committed book addict: 

 

It was nearly time. I moved swiftly. In the bathroom I soaped my face and brushed my teeth. By three minutes to eight I was in my nightdress and slippers waiting for the kettle to boil. Quickly, quickly. A minute to eight. My hot water bottle was ready, and I filled a glass with water from the tap. Time was of the essence. For at eight o'clock the world came to an end. It was reading time.

 

Love that passage.

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review 2018-05-29 03:17
Curse of the Boggin - audiobook
Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1) - D.J. MacHale,Keith Nobbs,Mark Bramhall

 

This is book one in The Library series, about a magical library that helps spirits whose stories have been disrupted by supernatural events.  After Marcus finds the key that opens the door to the library, he is confronted by a creepy old lady who demands that he "Surrender the key." Along with his friends, Lu and Theo, Marcus must fight an ancient enemy and protect the library.

 

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job. The forward gave interesting information about the author and the other books in this series, complete with creepy laugh. The only slightly annoying part was when the narrator read for the librarian who has a Scottish accent. It was a bit distracting.

 

While this book was much shorter than what I'm used to, the length is perfect for young readers. I was a bit disappointed when it ended so soon. Middle grade readers will want more of this scary, thrilling adventure. Some may find they want to leave the lights on after reading, but the story is worth it.

 

This book has also been released as Surrender the Key. There is one more book in the series so far (Black Moon Rising), and book 3, The Oracle of Doom, will be released in October of this year. After reading this book, I am interested in checking out other series by this author including The Pendragon series, and The Morpheus Road series.

 

Has anyone out there read either of those or something else by MacHale?

 

Recommended to: Readers in grades 5-8 who are looking for a scary adventure series.

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