Category Archives: Historical fiction

See What I Have Done by: Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

Recognition

 August 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
Before reading this, I really didn’t know anything about Lizzie Borden and the horrific details of her life.  I went into this book thinking it would be a good mystery based on a true story.  This is a debut novel for this author and it was a good first book.
I am not sure how I feel about the story.  I did find myself interested in what happened but it did drag at times for me.  I was thoroughly annoyed at the ending of the book I feel as if the author ran out of things to say.  I do understand that the conclusion of the Lizzie Borden case was one in which everyone felt satisfied with, but for me, the book ended abruptly.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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My Name is Memory by: Ann Brashares

My name is memory

I am working my way through Ann Brashares catalog of books.  I listened to this book on audio and I enjoyed it.  I don’t know if I would have liked it as much if I had read it in its’ physical form as there was a lot of jumping around from character to character and life to life.

The narrator is a memory that has lived many lives but remembers them all and in each one, is searching for its’ “soul mate”.  It was a bit strange but it was written well and I did enjoy it.

I was a bit confused at times but I did think the plot was a true romance however,the ending was awful.  It just stopped.  I said aloud in my car, “That’s it?! How is that an ending?!”  That was beyond frustrating and definitely impacted my rating.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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The Paris Architect by: Charles Belfoure

The Paris Architect

I have always found novels that take place during World War II to be very interesting.  I have a soft spot in my heart for Anne Frank and similar stories.  This book had an interesting twist to that time frame.

Lucien Bernard is an architect and he is commissioned by a man to create hiding places in houses for Jews that were on the run.  Lucien never felt that he needed to protect the Jewish people but that offer that came with this job was one he couldn’t resist.  At the same time, he is commissioned by the German’s to design one of their largest war related structures.  Lucien is playing both sides and risking it all.

I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the narration.  I was a decent read but a bit boring at times.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Sisi Empress on Her Own By: Allison Pataki

Sisi

This is the concluding book in a duology.  I really am not a historical fiction reader but this duo of books was fantastic.  I loved the depth of character of Sisi.  She was exceptionally honest in her feelings and her words.

This book tied up lose ends very nicely without leaving the feeling of it being done just to be done.  The story is very descriptive and transports the reader to the empress’ reign and the surrounding times.

I am looking forward to reading more books by Allison in the near future.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Alice I Have Been by: Melanie Benjamin

Alice I Have Been

This is a historical fiction novel about the life of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland.  I listened to this on audio book and found it intriguing.  I was a bit disturbed by the relationship between Alice and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).  This book is a mix of fact and fiction and I don’t know which parts are which but I was not too happy about the closeness of their relationship.

This will not change my love of Alice in Wonderland but it did make me want to know the truth.  I thought the characters were well developed and I really did get absorbed into the story.  My heart broke for Alice as she struggled through life.  I recommend picking this up to read as an aside for anyone that is a fan of the Alice stories.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Accidental Empress by: Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress

I won this book from a Facebook giveaway on October 27, 2015!  Yes, you read that correctly 2015!  I have had this on my shelf for almost 2 years.  Looking at the cover, I formed judgments on the type of book this was.  I thought it was something that I would dislike because I am not really into reading anything in the historical genre.  However, I never gave this away or sold it for credit.  I found this audio book on Overdrive and decided to give it a try.

I am so glad I did.  The narrator was exceptional and the story was wonderful.  About halfway through the book, I ordered the next one in the series.  This is the story of Sisi who becomes Empress and has to learn how to live in that lifestyle.  She is not from an exquisite palace nor a royal life and she finds all of the rules and regulations to be very trying.  I love her free spirit and her stubbornness.

This was a great read and I am so happy that I finally picked it up.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Human Acts by: Han Kang

human-acts Translated by:  Deborah Smith

 

My Review:

I had been hearing a lot about this novel as well as Han Kang’s previous work The Vegetarian.  I really didn’t know too much about this and that was ok.  The writing flowed in this book.  It was easy to read and the translator did a great job of keeping with the integrity of the story.  It is not an uplifting story and the details were excruciatingly sad.

This is the story of a young boy told from different people who knew him and a reporter who wanted to tell the story of the horrific events in South Korea in 1980.  It was an interesting read as I am not a fan of historical fiction; but it was done very well.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Blogging for Books.

I gave this book 3.5 crowns.

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