Historical

Book Review: Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin
Author: 
Zola, Émile
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Actual Rating: 4.5

“Therese Raquin” by Emile Zola is a book that defied the literature of its time and had the people of the late 19th century in an uproar over its shocking content. Content that involved murder, wrongly placed passion, adultery, and a voice that refused to glorify the ever flawed human race. Meet Therese: a quiet woman who is niece to elderly shopkeeper Madame Raquin and wife to the Madame’s son Camille. She finds that sin somehow manages to bring her back to life, but with chilling consequences. Will deceit finally bring her the joy she has so longed for, or result in her doom? Defy the time with this twisted, blood-chilling read.

Reviewer Grade: 10

Reviewer's Name: 
Summer W.

Book Review: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Author: 
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A man who had been in love for years, who had accumulated wealth and power by numerous, secretive ways, Jay Gatsby. A woman who had married another out of need and stayed out of being accustomed to that lifestyle, Daisy Buchanan. And a man who became stuck in the middle, Nick Carraway. The scene is set in the roaring '20's where everyone is wild, young, and free. All except Gatsby as he was stuck in the wild embrace of Daisy's love. This beautifully written book of love, loss, revenge, and dark honesty comes to life as the desperate Gatsby tries to win Daisy back from her oppressive husband. A book with so many twists and turns that its impossible to put it down, The Great Gatsby is an underrated novel that will be read for years to come.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: 
Alyxandra S.

Book Review: The Hired Girl

Book Review: The Hired Girl
Author: 
Schlitz, Laura Amy
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Newbery winning author Laura Amy Schlitz has written a wonderful story set in 1911 about 14-year-old Joan Skraggs who runs away from a dismal home life on a farm to Baltimore where she finds employment as a hired girl in a Jewish household. The book is written as Joan's diary so it reveals her innermost thoughts and feelings which made me really want her to succeed. Her deep love of literature really hit a nerve for me too! Highly recommended.

Reviewer's Name: 
Lisa

Book Review: Fever, 1793

Book Review: Fever, 1793
Author: 
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This started off as a typical teen novel, adult writer trying too hard to relate to young people. But as the book went on, either I got used to it, or the narrative improved. I positively enjoyed about the halfway point onward. Good historical fiction. Educational and compelling.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun
Author: 
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

It started off pretty slow, but story continually became more intense and ended in a sadly beautiful way. Great character development and an insight into a war I knew nothing about. Down to earth writing style and loved the varied perspectives from such a wide array of personalities.

Reviewer's Name: 
Cassie

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman
Author: 
Lee, Harper
Rating: 
2 stars = Meh
Review: 

The latest Harper Lee book has had so much publicity and hype and I'm sorry to say that it is not warranted. I was really hoping that I would like it because I enjoyed her earlier book and the movie of To Kill a Mockingbird.
I don't want to give too much away in this review, but this book was missing the magic of the first book. The character of Atticus seemed completely different and not in a good way. Jean Louise (Scout) is now twenty-six and unfortunately was not someone that I could care deeply about. Very disappointing.

Reviewer's Name: 
Lisa

Book Review: Hood

Book Review: Hood
Author: 
Lawhead, Stephen
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

I mostly read this book for the enjoyment of finding a new take on Robin Hood. It's an excellent story with developed characters and rich plot. A must read for Robin Hood fans, historical fiction readers, and anyone who is just looking for a unique story.

Reviewer's Name: 
Caitlyn

Book Review: At the Water's Edge

Book Review: At the Water's Edge
Author: 
Gruen, Sara
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This was my first Sara Gruen book and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I have not read many books from this time period set in Scotland, so it was interesting to see how they were living their lives. I liked the characters (well, except for Ellis, but I loved that I disliked him so much). A slight mystical element rounded out a truly good story.

Reviewer's Name: 
Krista

Book Review: Shadows Over Paradise

Book Review: Shadows Over Paradise
Author: 
Wolff, Isabel
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I love dual timeline novels, as long as they are well done. This one alternate betweens Jenni, who is a ghostwriter who prefers to dig into other people's lives rather than deal with her own past, and Klara, a Dutch woman who was interned in a camp on Java during WWII. Jenni is an interesting character, but I felt like she was more of a foil for Klara's amazing story of survival. Very powerful book, one that will linger in my mind for quite a while, I'm sure.

Reviewer's Name: 
Krista

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