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review 2017-03-20 02:50
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The Attraction of Adeline - Lisa Wells

Adeline is asked by her best friends brother, to play a fake engaged couple.  He needs to impress his boss.  His boss refuses to give him a partnership if he does not have a better half.

 

Jack is seriously attracted to Adeline.  He knows he shouldn't be.  She has agreed to play a part.  He knows how dangerous it is to want more from someone who cannot give it to him.

 

This book was so much fun!  It was funny, sad, sweet, & hot.  The characters seriously made me laugh.  This author always makes me laugh.  This book was a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given to me by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-01-28 05:55
China: Land of Dragons and Emperors by Adeline Yen Mah
China: Land of Dragons and Emperors - Adeline Yen Mah
My knowledge of Chinese history is haphazardly sketched, a combination of what I learned in school, some frantic Google searches, and books. When I was in 10th grade, I was forced to memorize all major Chinese dynasties in order. As I'd grown up somehow thinking that they numbered in the thirties and forties, I was surprised to find that it only took a few minutes, and it turned out to be super helpful later on when trying to mentally categorize information. This little volume will probably be useless to those who have already developed a deep and serious interest in Chinese history, but for me, its clear chronological layout and descriptions of major shifts of power, culture, technology etc. was an excellent refresher.

Following the Warring States Period, China established an imperial dynastic system that would endure for the next two millennia until the rise of the Republic of China in 1912. The major ones:

Qin, 221 BC-206 BC
Han, 206BC-220 AD
Sui, 589 AD-618 AD
Tang, 618-907 AD
Song, 960-1279 AD
Yuan, 1279-1368 AD
Ming, 1368-1644 AD
Qing, 1644-1912 AD

As you read Mah's book, you start to grasp the story of a civilization's progress from thousands of years ago to the country it is today. The establishment of a stable and legitimate government during the Qin and Han, the construction of the Grand Canal during the Sui, flourishing of culture and foreign trade during the Tang, Song, and Yuan, the development of isolationism in the Ming and Qing. The last bit would end up as one of the causes of the humiliation endured by the Chinese at the hands of Westerners during the 19th and 20th centuries, as the world grew more connected and the prestige of Chinese culture became slowly outdated over the years.

The extreme simplicity of language reflects that this is targeted at young adults, which sat well with me. Lots of pictures make it fun and easy to read. The first chapter, describing the meaning of lucky colors and numbers in Chinese culture, is clearly tilted toward appeasing the potential boredom of kids, but after that--by the standards of a general introduction--it gets fairly meaty. (Although at one point, Mah says something like "don't read the next two paragraphs if you're afraid of gruesome violence!"--indicating, again, who this is directed towards.)

There are two periods I wish the book had spent more time on: the period of division between Han and Sui (220-589 AD) and the Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms period (907-960 AD) between Tang and Song. Both are skimmed over in a matter of sentences. This is understandable considering the way she tries to sketch a coherent narrative over the years, of which extended chaotic periods would be considered interruptions rather than noteworthy times of history in their own right. This is not a criticism, just an indication of small personal curiosity than can easily be fulfilled elsewhere.

Otherwise, I can imagine loving this when I was younger and it makes a very accessible as well as colorful timeline for such a huge subject matter.
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review 2015-11-06 00:00
Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter - Adeline Yen Mah It was a very sad book. With the tragic event of her mother dying a few days after her birth, Adeline's start to life was already destined to be doomed. With only her Aunt Baba giving attention to her, Adeline is already a very depressed child. Later on , Her Nai Nai dies and this was someone close to Adeline. With already, tow tragic happenings in the short time of Yen Mah's life, you couldn't think of anything worse. Seeing as her mother had dies, she has a cruel and wicked, step mother. It just so happens that in The real Cinderella the 'step sisters' are rude and here the 'stem mum' is rude. Many things happen but the ending was most satisfying. A great but sad book. Excellent Masterpiece.
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review 2015-04-06 12:00
Adeline
Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf - Norah Vincent

Adeline was a book I really looked forward to reading. I read Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers a few years back and I loved that book. When it comes to Virgina Woolf I have so far only read Mrs. Dalloway, but I have plans to read more books by Mrs. Woolf.


So believe me, I was quite happy when I got a chance to read this book. But unfortunately I just couldn't connect with it, nor the story or the characters. There were moments in the book when the text really spoke to me, but not nearly enough to make me truly enjoy this book. In the end it just became a struggle to finish the book. Too much rambling for my taste. But as I said before, there were moments that were good, often when other characters interacted with Virgina, like Lytton or T.S Eliot or Yeats. But the moments were like gems in the sand, rare and hard to find. 

 

In the end I just want to say that this was a book that just didn't work for me. I hoped that I would get into the story, but it never happened. 

 

I received this copy from the publisher in return for an honest review!

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text 2015-04-06 10:19
Reading progress update: I've read 239 out of 288 pages.
Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf - Norah Vincent

Struggling with the book. I have actually been struggling with it since I started it and now I just want it to end and at the same time I just don't want to read...*sigh*...

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