"Call Me Zelda" by Erika Robuck

Call Me Zelda by Erika Robust

Historical Fiction
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by NAL

Call Me Zelda is a novel about the famous and destructive couple F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the King and Queen of the Jazz Age. The story is told through the eyes of a fictional psychiatric nurse named Anna Howard. Personal tragedies in Anna's life during wartime have led her to work in the Phipps Clinic in Baltimore where she becomes the nurse and friend of schizophrenic Zelda Fitzgerald. Anna soon becomes drawn in to the tempestuous life and relationship of the Fitzgeralds. Anna forms a deep bond with Zelda as Zelda tries to form her own identity apart from her husband, and tries to prove herself as an artist in her own right.

This novel explores the relationship between madness and art, probes the depths of the this famous self-destructive marriage, and demonstrates the power of female friendship.

I loved this book. It was beautifully written, carefully researched, and masterfully executed. The story was heartfelt and engaging--even more so knowing it was based on historical events! It was really interesting learning about the life of the famous writer's wife and seeing him through a different perspective. I also really liked the character of Anna--she was compelling and relatable. She made the perfect witness to the Fitzgerald's demise. Love love loved it.

"A Secret Kept" by Tatiana de Rosnay

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

Fiction
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by St. Martin's Press

Antoine decides to take his sister Mélanie on a trip for her birthday. He surprises her with a trip to Noirmoutier, a place they often visited as children but have not returned to since the death of their mother 30 years ago. While there, they reminisce about their mother--but more than just happy memories resurface for Mélanie. When trying to confess this to her brother, they get into a car accident and Mélanie is seriously injured. As Mélanie heals, the family mystery begins to unravel. Did Antoine or Mélanie really know their mother? Or their father? What happened all those years ago? What about now? -- Does Antoine know his own children? Do they know him?

At first, this story had me hooked. I couldn't stop reading. The mystery and the superb writing kept up my interest. However, after a while, my interest waned. The mystery not only became less mysterious, but it also just became uninteresting. A word that best sums up my opinion of the story is "meh." It became intriguing only in the way that it explored family dynamics. But the plot that compelled said exploration just didn't do it for me. I enjoyed the writing, and that's what kept me reading, but the plot just was not compelling for me in the least for the last half of the book.

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
YA, Paranormal

Miss Peregrine is a interesting tale of a boy's journey into his grandfather's past. His grandfather had always told him tall tales growing up. But what if there were more to it than that? Could the stories be true? After a horrific tragedy, Jacob finds himself on a secluded island in Wales looking for the children's home his grandfather grew up in. When he finds it, it is a mysterious run down building with a box full of old photographs. Where did the children go? Miss Peregrine? Could they still be alive?


One of the most interesting things about the story is that it is illustrated with vintage photographs. It was really neat to be able to see what the characters were seeing. I really liked this book for the most part. The story was interesting and weird--I couldn't put it down. However, the impression you get from reading the book jacket and what the book is actually about are pretty different. The synopsis leads you to believe that it is more of a mystery, when in fact it's more fantasy. Mysterious, yes, but, it's definitely fantasy. When I picked it up I was also unaware that it was the first in a series. If I knew that, I'm not sure I would have read it. I'm not really in the mood for a series, especially when the other books aren't out yet. Furthermore, I think that this story would be better as a stand alone work. When you get to the end you are looking for some sort of conclusion and satisfaction, and I did not find that with this book.


As it happens...

As it happens, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children came for me in the library, so I am going to read that. Then probably A Secret Kept. 

Cheers.

Alright, fellow book lovers...

Alright, fellow book lovers. I am at an impasse. I just finished The Diviners, and now must decide what book to read next. I have six titles here that I picked up at the library. Which should I choose first? 
Call Me Zelda Erika Robuck
Little Black Dress Susan McBride
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
A Train in Winter Caroline Moorehead
When in Doubt, Add Butter Beth Harbison
A Secret Kept Tatiana de Rosnay 

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
YA Dystopian

Divergert is the story of a girl named Beatrice "Tris" Prior. In the same vein as The Hunger Games, Divergent is set in a futuristic dystopian society. Rather than being divided into districts, the people are divided into factions. They are not divided based on location, but instead based on what they value the most: Abnegation, selflessness; Candor, honesty; Amity, kindness; Erudite, intelligence; and Dauntless, bravery. At the age of 16, each person undertakes an "aptitude" test that shows them what faction they are most suited to. They do not have to chose that faction, but it gives them some guidance. This is a difficult decision because they believe in faction over blood. If you leave the faction you were raised in, your family will never be the same.


Although Beatrice respects and values the selflessness of her family and neighbours, she never felt like she fit in. She wasn't like everyone else. She knows she might fit in better with one of the other factions, but she does not want to leave her family behind. Not only so, but her aptitude tests are inconclusive. She is something they call "Divergent." Immediately her test instructor gravely commands her to tell no one of this: being Divergent is dangerous. Why? What makes her different? What should she choose? How will this choice affect her? Can she keep her divergence a secret?


If you liked The Hunger Games, you will probably like this book, too. Personally, I read Divergent in a day after my friend recommended it to me. I found myself completely caught up in Tris's world. I found it was a good balance between new and original, and familiar. These days it seems like everyone is into this sci fi/fantasy mashup genre. Roth brings her own ideas into the mix in her utopian society gone wrong. I found it interesting and compelling, but at the same time, might not exactly be literature. However, I eagerly recommend this book to everyone! I loved it! I can't wait to sink my teeth into the sequel, Insurgent.




Second Chance by Jane Green

Jane Green Second Chance
Second Chance by Jane Green
Chick Lit, Women's Fiction
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published 2007 by Viking Adult
Purchase: [Amazon] [Book Depository]

This book is about a bunch of screwed up people who used to be friends coming together again over a mutual loss. Holly, Saffron, Olivia, Paul, and Tom used to know each other twenty years ago. They grew up together. However, as it usually goes, they grew apart over the years, and eventually lost contact with one another. But not Tom. Tom managed to keep in touch with each one of them, no matter how far apart they were. Sadly, Tom is killed in a terrorist attack. 


These four friends are brought together at his memorial. Holly has "the perfect life." Two beautiful children, a beautiful house, and a successful husband. She puts on a smile for the world, but is she really happy? 

Saffron moved to LA to be an actress. She is somewhat successful, and is dating someone famous, whom she will only name as P. However, she has her own issues, and so does "P." 

Olivia is newly single after her boyfriend of seven years tells her he is no longer happy. She thought she would marry him. Now she doesn't know what to do. 

Paul and his wife Anna have been trying to have children for years with no success. They have nearly depleted their savings account on IVF treatments and to no avail. Anna doesn't want to give up, but knows she can't go on like this. All she wants is to be a mother, and she does not know how to deal with the fact that it's just not in the cards for her. Paul would do anything for Anna. All he wants to do is make her happy, but he can't give her what she wants the most. He knows she would be an amazing mother, and it kills him that she will never have the chance to be one. 

Life just is not fair. Now that these friends are brought back together over this devastating loss, they will be there for each other, help one another grow, and, hopefully, each be given a second chance at happiness.

I quite liked this book. I had heard some mixed things about it
for example that the rapidly shifting points of view were somehow confusing or distracting. I didn't find that. It wasn't really shifts in points of view. It was just an omniscient narrator changing focus at times. I thought it worked with this story, because it wasn't just about one personit was about all of these people and how they grow and change over the course of the novel. You wouldn't have been able to see how much they grew if you didn't know what was going on in their heads or in their lives. I thought it worked, and worked well. 

Not only did it work in that sense, but it also allowed the reader to make connections with the characters, and feel sympathy or empathy for what they were going through. It is hard to do that when you are not given the opportunity to connect with them. Through the omniscient narrator, I found that the characters were all believable and relatable. 

What I really liked about this book was that the characters were in real life situations and were able to grow in ways that were not only completely plausible, but might also generate hope for readers in similar circumstances. The characters did not need to be thrown into new and more promising circumstances to find hope (which is generally unrealistic). But instead they learned to be happy with the cards they were dealt. They learned to accept their circumstances for what they were, and to be true to themselves in those circumstances. As Maya Angelou said, "if you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." I found that was what this book was all about. And I really enjoyed it. Thumbs up!



"The Boleyn Inheritance" by Philippa Gregory


The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Historical Fiction
Paperback, 518 pages
Published 2012 by Harper Collins

This is the story of three women in the Tudor court: Jane Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, and Katherine Howard. Told through each of their perspectives, we see the rise and fall of two more wives of Henry VIII. At this point, Henry VIII is no longer a handsome young prince. He is an aging man with a stinking, festering wound on his leg. He is no longer strong, but limps around on his good leg. Nevertheless, he insists to be treated as he always was--as the most handsome and strongest man in the room. Although nearing 50, he behaves as a spoiled child. This is not only unbecoming in a man, but is it dangerous in a king. This, coupled with his constant paranoia and suspicion, lead to a very dangerous tyrant. Circling in his court are Jane, Anne, and Katherine. Jane is a lady in waiting, as she had been for the last three queens of King Henry. Now she is the lady in waiting to Anne of Cleves, as she is brought from the Netherlands to be the bride of King Henry. These women struggle not only to maintain their place, but also to keep their heads. Literally.

We have been introduced to Jane Boleyn--the wife of George Boleyn--in The Other Boleyn Girl. In The Boleyn Inheritance we see things from her own perspective. Were the Boleyn sibling wrong about her? Or is she simply mad? Anne is a sweet and innocent girl who only wants to be the best Queen she can be. This, however, is difficult after accidentally offending the King. Will she be cast aside? Will she escape with her life? Kitty Howard is the youngest of the three, a frivolous maid in waiting to Anne. She is quite beautiful, however naive, and catches the eye of the king. However, is this a blessing or a curse?

I enjoyed this book. For the most part, it was less salacious than is predecessor, and I appreciated that. I also liked how the story was told through each woman's point of view. The other Gregory books I have read have been told solely through one POV, so I liked that here she shook things up a bit. This also worked very well for this particular story because it allowed you to not only see the inner workings of each character's mind, but you could also see how they appeared to the other women. For example, Jane thinks she is always doing the right thing. But, as some question, is she really trustworthy? I thought this book was really good, but I took a point away for the unnecessarily graphic sex scene and sexuality in the last third of the book. It had been really good up until then.

Today...

Today I went out to brunch with a friend. Afterward we went to Chapters and I picked up a copy of Divergent after my friend recommended it! I will read it next. I hope it's good! :) 
Have you read it? 
Do you have any recommendations for me? Post them in the comments!

Chao!



Currently Reading...

Hey guys!

I just picked up Jane Green's Second Chance. Have you read it? What did you think? (no spoilers please!) I haven't read any of Green's novels before but I have heard good things. 


Now I'm going to curl up with a cup of tea and keep reading!


Chao!

"The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton

The House of MirthThe House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Fiction, Classic

If you want to know what I think, email me and I will send you a copy of my Honours Thesis. ;)


I.E., This book is so amazing I wrote a book about it. 


For real though, this book is an excellent exploration of femininity in the early 20th century. I love everything about it. Although Wharton won the Pulitzer for Age of Innocence, House of Mirth is what made her famous.




"The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn GirlThe Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Historical Fiction

The Other Boleyn Girl is the story of the rise and fall of Queen Anne Boleyn--Henry VIII's second wife--as told through the eyes of her sister, Mary Boleyn. Mary Boleyn was only a child when her family married her off. However, a few years later when she is brought to the court of the King Henry VIII and Queen Katherine of Aragon, the Boleyn family's ambition has another use for Mary. She has caught the eye of the King, and her family sees to it that she becomes his mistress--whether she likes it or not. They just as easily toss her aside again when the King's interest wanes, and an attraction sparks between him and Mary's sister Anne. The family's conniving ambition, coupled with Anne's own ambition, bring about a story so salacious and horrendous it could end only in the spilling of blood.


In true Philippa Gregory fashion, the story is told with precision and tact. She chronicles the lives of the Boleyn siblings as they weave their way through the most luxurious, avaricious, and lecherous court of Europe. Although I did enjoy Gregory's telling of the story and her accuracy of her historical facts, I did not enjoy the subject matter itself very much. It's pretty scandalous stuff. However, overall it was a good read. It's not my favourite of Gregory's novels, but it was still good. If you like Philippa Gregory, or historical fiction in general, I'd recommend giving this book a shot if you are interested in the Tudors.



"The Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Chick Lit

The Undomestic Goddess is the story of lawyer Samantha Sweeting. She is a workaholic with a messy desk, devoting her blood, sweat, and tears to firm Carter Spink. On the eve of being made partner, she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge that it will likely cost her her career. She does the only sensible thing, and walks out of the office in a daze, hops on a random train out of the city, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Not only so, but she knocks on a random door, and accidentally takes a job as a housekeeper when she barely knows how to make toast. She considers telling her new "employers" that they have mistaken her for someone else, but instead thinks that this might be the break she needs. That, and the gardiner is gorgeous.


This book was a super fun summer read! Light Chick Lit that would make an ideal poolside companion.





"SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE" by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Fiction, Chick Lit (ish)

Someday, Someday, Maybe is the hilarious and charming tale of aspiring actress Franny Banks. It's 1995 and Franny lives in Brooklyn with her two best friends, Jane and Dan. She works as a waitress at a comedy club to pay the bills, and tries not to be too disheartened by the lack of auditions lining her filofax. Franny doesn't want to become one of those people who can't seem to admit to themselves that they simply aren't meant to be an actor. Therefore, she has set a three-year deadline for herself: if after three years in New York she has not become a successful actress, she is going to pack it in. Her deadline is nearing, and things aren't going too well. Should she extend her deadline? Give in? WHAT? She stays hopeful, attending an acting class. Perhaps this will get her noticed by some bigwigs. The fact that there is a handsome and successful actor among her fellow students doesn't hurt either.


To be frank, the fact that this book was written by Lauren Graham sort of hurt its chances with me. I love her SO MUCH that it was impossible for me not to subconsciously have extremely high expectations for it. I tried my best to keep an open and clear mind... But it proved to be too great a task. However, I did really enjoy this book. Graham is a really good writer. Not only so, but she brought some amusing creativity with the many filofax entries. I really loved her style, and often found myself laughing out loud. That being said, at times I had difficulty connecting with the main character. I just had very little in common with her. There weren't many times that I found I could relate with Franny. However, on the whole, I did enjoy the novel and would recommend it to all Chick Lit fans!




"Where We Belong" by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Chick Lit, Women's Fiction

This is the story of Marian Caldwell and Kirby Rose. Marian is a successful TV producer living the dream in NYC. At least that is how it appears. But does she really have it all? Is she truly happy? Enter Kirby Rose. She is a angsty teenager looking for contentment as well as her birth mother. When she knocks on Marian's door late one night, everything changes. For the both of them.


I found this book to be fun and charming--just like the other Emily Giffin books that I have had the pleasure to read. It is fun and funny, and just the right combination of serious and light. I find Emily Giffin to be Chick Lit at it's best, and Where We Belong did not disappoint. That being said, there was nothing particularly noteworthy about the novel. One thing that I did notice (however neurotically) was the overuse of many adjectives. For example, the word "deadpan" was extremely overused. It takes only a couple of seconds to look a word up in the thesaurus to shake things up. However, I did really enjoy this book, and would recommend it if you like Chick Lit!


"A Place Called Here" by Cecelia Ahern


A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Chick Lit
Paperback, 485 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by HarperTorch

This story is about a somewhat neurotic woman named Sandy Shortt who runs a missing person's agency in Ireland. She is obsessed with finding lost objects and always has been--At least since she was ten years old and her neighbour disappeared without a trace. However, along the way, she herself becomes lost. She finds herself in the land where lost things go--a place called Here.

This was a light novel that had more... whimsy then I was in the mood for when I read it. It wasn't bad, and was often quite enjoyable. However, I didn't find there was anything particularly special about the book. It's a neat idea, but I didn't find it as engaging in practice as I had expected it to be. It is a suitable companion for a trip to the beach, but if you are looking for anything more than that, maybe you ought to look elsewhere.

"The Girl Who Played with Fire" by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

This novel is the second installment of Stieg Larsson's epic Millenium trilogy. The girl Who Played with Fire focuses more closely on Lisabeth's character. It delves deeper into her past and her psychology while placing her on the run from not only the law, but also her past. Lisabeth's story is further cloaked in mystery as you flip through the pages. What does Lisbeth have to do with this sex trafficking ring? Who is Zala?


Although there were several racy elements in the novel, I did find that on the whole it was less disturbing than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This book is pretty long, but I could hardly put it down! It was very exciting and enjoyable. I really liked it. It could have been toned down some, but the story was solid, interesting, and engaging. If you can get past the swearing and the promiscuity, I would recommend it! If you are easily offended, I might suggest to give this one a pass.




"The Tenth Circle" by Jodi Picoult


The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
Fiction
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 2013 by Pocket Books
Purchase: [Amazon] [Book Depository]

This book is about family, and about change. It's about figuring out who you are, and seeing how all the things that have happened in your life add up to who you are now. Trixie Stone, and her parents Daniel and Laura, are the main characters in the novel. After an act of violence changes Trixie's life forever, she has to figure out how to pick up the pieces and reconcile who she was with who she has become. However, this doesn't just affect Trixie. Both of her parents have to face their own demons and come to terms with the fact that their lives will never be the same. They have to deal with their past, and figure out their future.


This book was a powerful and compelling read (like most of Picoult's work). She seems to have a firm grasp on how to combine popular commercial accessibility with strong literary undertones. This novel deals with serious issues and brings them to the forefront. Not only so, but in this novel, Picoult has also drawn on the graphic novel which adds another level to keep your intrest. Overall I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.


Content warning: Themes of sexual assault. 



"The Constant Princess" by Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Historical Fiction

This was my first taste of Gregory's Tudor Court series. Although it is not technically the first book in the series, I have decided to read them chronologically. This one follows Catalina, Princess of Spain who was betrothed to the Prince of England and Wales basically since birth. The story chronicles the hard life she had, and later introduces us to the court of the notorious Henry VIII. I was slightly confused with the ending, because I personally know next to nothing about Katherine of Argon, Queen of England. But I'm sure the pieces will be fully put together when I read The Other Boleyn Girl as that is technically the first book in the series.


I liked this book. Found it really enjoyable. It isn't my favourite Philippa Gregory book so far, but I still really liked it. I knew almost nothing about Katherine of Argon so it was pretty interesting to learn about her life. I've heard some people complain about the narrator in the story, saying the main character is really annoying. I didn't find that. She had her flaws, of course, but she wasn't nearly as annoying as Margaret Beaufort in The Red Queen!


"The Red Queen" by Philippa Gregory

The Red Queen
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Historical Fiction, Royal Fiction

I liked this book. However, I don’t recommend reading it right after reading The White Queen because the plot is so similar. Although it’s through the eyes of a different character, it’s the same story. However, it was a good read.


Reading about Margaret Beaufort’s life really gives insight into the woman that she becomes. She had quite the rough go of it—married at 12, a mother at 13, and a widow the same year. She was married off again shortly thereafter, and was not allowed to raise her own son. Although it’s understandable why she became the way she was, she was still always kind of annoying and self-righteous.


Over all, I give it a thumbs up.


"The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Historical Fiction, Royal Fiction

The White Queen is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman not of royal descent, who married the King of England in secret. She married Edward IV as a widow with two sons. Elizabeth's new husband the king must fight his whole life to maintain the throne he had fought to obtain. He leaves two male heirs in a court wrought with jealousy and malice. This is the story of a woman who fights for the rights of her family. She has fought so hard to achieve her position, and she will not give up now. In the War of the Roses, known to the players in it as the Cousins' War, you can trust no one, and war is always imminent.


I loved this book. I could not put it down. I really liked The Lady of the Rivers (the third of the Cousins' War series, but first chronologically), but The White Queen was even better! There was a lot of action and intrigue, keeping me completely engaged the whole time. I was most intrigued by the novel knowing that it involved the mystery of the Princes in the Tower and Richard III. It didn't disappoint. It did surprise, but did not disappoint. When I started reading it, I was a little distracted by the narration being in the present tense--that usually bothers me. However, as the story went along, I found I actually liked it. It made me feel as if I was a part of the action, rather than having someone recount a story to me. I also appreciate how the more unseemly aspects of the story are not ignored, but are not focused on either. For example, it was made clear that Edward IV was a womanizer and slept with hundreds of women outside of his marriage. This is given the weight it is due, but there are no graphic sex scenes or anything like that. Tasteful, but honest.

This was my second Philippa Gregory novel, and I am eager for more!
I recommend this to everyone!


"The Lady of the Rivers" by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War, #3)
Historical Fiction, Royal Fiction

This book is about a woman named Jacquetta. It chronicles her life from that of a young girl, to an aging mother. She began her life in English France as an heiress of the house of Luxembourg. It is believed that her family descends from the water goddess Melusina, and this family history of magic plays a part in the story. She becomes a very important woman in England and a player in the Wars of the Roses.

This is the first book that I have read by Philippa Gregory. I had heard good things about her, but have never really felt the desire to read her books after seeing the movie The Other Boleyn Girl. I didn't really like it that much. However, a couple of weeks ago I found this book on sale at chapters so I thought, what the heck? and bought it. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. This proved problematic as I am a student in the last month of her honours bachelor degree. I'm not sure what it is exactly about this book that drew me in so deeply. Gregory's writing style is not particularly special or particularly refined. However, maybe the simplistic narration is the key. Maybe it allowed for all of the focus to be on the story that Gregory brilliantly unfolds before you. I'm not sure exactly what it is that does it, but I just got swept up in the story, eager to know more, to learn more. It was great. Two thumbs up.





"The Dispossessed" by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sci-Fi

This book is about a man named Shevek who is part of an anarchist society called the Odonians living on the moon. The original Odonians came to the Annares (the moon) after a revolution on Urras, their mother planet. A hundred or so years later, the physicist Shevek has a temporal theory he thinks would be beneficial to all people, but there seems to be too much red tape to get it out. This leads to him to questioning the functionality of their society, because it seems like they are becoming again like the "properatarian" people on Urras. To further develop and spread his important theory, he makes the controversial decision to go to a university on Urras. Shevek feels that his calling is to tear down the walls between the societies and make a true utopia.

I liked it. Ursula Le Guin is a good story teller. This book was pretty weird, but all in all I liked it. My one comment is that sometimes I found the layout a little confusing. As you go through the book, you're on two different timelines in Shevek's life: one is in the past leading up to him going to Urras, and one is the present while he is on Urras. The concept is simple enough, but the chapters were often so long that sometimes when it would switch back to the other time I'd have forgotten what was going on. However, I thought that the story itself was pretty unique, compelling, and thought provoking. I would recommend it to lovers of sci-fi and philosophy.




Welcome to my Blog

The title of my blog comes from one of my favourite books: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. "The Year of the Rose" was one of her working titles for the novel prior to its publication. 

For the past few months I have been avidly frequenting goodreads.com and also posting book reviews on my tumblog. Because of my great passion for books, I have decided to start a blog entirely devoted to my reviews. 


In my reviews, I will use goodreads' rating system. It's easy to use, and I also find that it has the added bonus of not presuming to actually rate the value of the work. It is just my opinion, and I don't presume that my opinion is the be-all-end-all! For those not familiar with goodreads' rating system, this is how it works:

One star--I didn't like it.
Two stars--It was okay.
Three stars--I liked it.
Four stars--I really liked it.
Five stars--I loved it! 

So, here it goes :)