Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Texicans - Nina Vida

When cholera strikes San Antonio in 1843, Aurelia Ruiz discovers that she might have the power to heal—and also to curse. Meanwhile, Joseph Kimmel, a schoolteacher in Missouri and the son of a Polish Jew, learns of his brother’s death in San Antonio and sets off for Texas. On his way, a runaway slave steals his horse. After being rescued by Henry Castro, a man who is importing immigrants to populate his planned city, Castroville, Joseph agrees to marry a young Alsatian girl to save her from a Comanche chief who has demanded her. Then Joseph encounters Aurelia and becomes enamored with her. 

Comanches, Tonkaways, Mexican vaqueros, immigrant farmers, and runaway slaves all play a part in Joseph’s rebirth as a rancher, but when a renegade band of Texas Rangers descends upon the ranch, everything changes. 

My thoughts:
This book was just sort of depressing, yup a real downer. No one was made really likable either, yes yes it is good that people have flaws, but can't just one person be happy for like a minute?!

The story was, well it could have been good, but it really did not live up to its potential. It did not flow, it just came out in short bits.

I did sort of like Aurelia, but she is never really there, and you never get under her skin. You never get under anyone's skin.

Why did I keep on reading, eh, I wished for more, it was hot and I was too lazy to move from the lawn.

Paperback, 295 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Soho Press
Historical fiction
Own


44 comments:

  1. Well that sucks. It sounds like a bore of a book and unlikeable characters! Yikes!
    Sorry this wasn't for you!

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  2. Aw, it's too bad it was a disappointment for you.

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    1. Hehe, I had the same problem with the book yesterday

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  4. Hm... yea, I don't think this one is for me... but then again if I was too comfy, I'd probably continue reading it as well. :D

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    1. Go inside, find a new book, miss this? nah

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  5. LOL about finishing it because lazy. :D

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  6. Awww hope your next one is better!

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  7. Mmmm...it doesn't sound very promising. Too bad.

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  8. oh I really struggle with those depressing reads---they rarely work for me. I like seeing some happy times.

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    1. It could have been good, but it was so choppy and sad

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  9. All of those diverse characters, and it was a dud? I would have picked this up on the description alone, now I just don't want to bother. And it's one of my favorite genres!

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    1. It had a great premise, but did not live up to it

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  10. I am definitely skipping this one. I can't do down and depressing.

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  11. I'm a fan of westerns, but I'm thinking more action and adventure. Yeah, this sounds too depressing for me.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. This was more depressing and everyone were aholes

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  12. Disappointing all that time and energy invested into something that did not make you happy.

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  13. Laughing because as I was reading your review I was thinking well why didn't she just dnf it. I see the weather played a part!

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    1. LOL, I know, sucha DNF, the summer played tricks with me

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  14. Sorry to hear it wasn't better. Thanks for the honest review.

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  15. Not really motivated to read a depressing book right now.

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  16. Sounds like an okayish read! Not my thing! :(
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh no..hope the next book is better for you!

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  18. Sorry it wasn't a great read. You gave it a good chance though.

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  19. Sounds like this should have made your DNF list?! Sorry is wasn't what you hoped for.

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  20. That doesn't sound fun :/ I like the title, though.

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  21. Gah. It did sound good...but eh.

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