Historical

Book Review: The Invention of Wings

Author
Kidd, Sue Monk
Rating
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review

This book was incredible. The narrative was so powerfully written I felt transported in time to the antebellum south. I'm embarrassed that I'd never heard of Sarah and Nina Grimke before this book. They are inspirational heroes of their time. Handful was so beautifully and hauntingly drawn that I felt she was as real as Sarah and Nina. I can't recommend this book enough! Sue Monk Kidd did her research, that's for sure. The story was so realistic it could pass for nonfiction. Awesome!

Reviewer's Name
vfranklyn

Book Review: The Angel Makers

Author
Gregson, Jessica
Rating
2 stars = Meh
Review

I would start this novel and read a few chapters, then lay it down for a day or so, then pick it back up and have no idea what the book was about. The beginning doesn't grip at all. It gets better towards the middle. I'm not sure why I kept reading it, to be honest. The storyline is interesting, but the writing is disconnected.

Reviewer's Name
vfranklyn

Book Review: Alias Grace

Author
Atwood, Margaret
Rating
4 stars = Really Good
Review

I really enjoyed this masterful work of historical fiction. Atwood did a great job researching the historical accuracy of her characters and admits when she was led to "invent" to fill in the blanks. Her creative use of imagery leaves you stunned, amused, thrilled, and pleased. I really enjoyed this novel.

Reviewer's Name
Donna

Book Review: The Girl Who Came Home : A Novel of the Titanic

Author
Gaynor, Hazel
Rating
4 stars = Really Good
Review

Wavered between 3 1/2 and 4 stars on this one. I actually liked the end very much, and didn't know it was based on a true story, which made it much more poignant. I have read TONS of books about the Titanic over the years, both fiction and nonfiction, and this is one of the better novels, in my opinion.

Reviewer's Name
Krista

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Author
Shaffer, Mary Ann
Rating
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review

This was a wonderful book written by the characters in the form of letters to each other. The story line was engaging. Historical fiction that takes place shortly after the Nazi occupation of an island between England and France. It felt as if you had spent time with new friends at the end of the book. Charming!

Reviewer's Name
Angie

Book Review: The Book Thief

Author
Zusak, Markus
Rating
2 stars = Meh
Review

This book was too long and the author tried too hard to make it deep and poetic. But I read the whole thing, so it wasn't bad. I liked hearing about Hitler's reign from a German non-Jew perspective. Death as a narrator was okay, I guess. I don't know, it just didn't really work for me. Also, although it's technically a teen book, I think it's more suited for adults.

Reviewer's Name
vfranklyn

Book Review: The Book Thief

Author
Zusak, Markus
Rating
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review

This book is AMAZING. On my first read-through, I'll admit I did not have high expectations for it, and it started off a bit slow and confusing. The story quickly picks up though, and it's even more impressive (and makes more
sense) on rereads. It's about a girl growing up in Germany during World War II, and the story is brilliantly told. It's narrated by Death; a completely original idea. If you enjoy reading and writing, you should read this book: It describes the power of words and shows how a book can save your life - literally.

Reviewer's Name
Annie