Wednesday, 13 July 2016

3 short reviews: Historical fiction and cozy mystery


From the author of 'The Grafton Girls' comes the story of one Liverpool family preparing for the onslaught of World War Two, while trying not to fight among themselves. Jean and Vi are twins but couldn't be more different. Jean's proud of her honest, hardworking husband and their children, but there's never a penny to spare. Vi's equally proud of her husband's new role as a local councillor and their elegant new house, and has raised her children to expect the best. As war breaks out, agonising decisions must be faced. Should the oldest children enlist? Should the youngest be evacuated? All the traditional certainties are overturned. Then the twins' own younger sister, singer Francine, returns home unexpectedly and stirs up the past, even in the midst of present danger. This is a tremendous saga of fighting spirit and family closeness, and the belief that even though today is full of destruction and pain, there is hope for a better tomorrow.

My thoughts:
I liked this family saga, I read it fast, but f that bitch in the book, she  destroyed it all and hell this gets a 1. Hated that effing ending.

I can't even talk about the book cos all I wanted was that woman to buuuuuuuuuuuuuuurn!!!!!!!

Spoiler: Highlight to read
Ok so there is this horrid spoiled conniving bitch who is horrible to everyone. She tells lies so that a woman breaks up with the man that woman loves. She makes a plan with her brother to trap a man in marriage. And yes that man shows to be an ahole, but if I had to marry her, god, I'd never come home to see her stupid face. And then at the end, she finds I guess true love. AND will be happy. The morale of the story being that you can be a stupid bitch and not even apologize to anyone and still ge everything you want. Of course she will never be happy, she will complain about all the things she wants until that guy tires. And it just spoiled the whole book for me. I did not want her to get a happy ending, why!? did she have to get a happy ending? She did not even learn any lessons. She is still a bitch. OH OH I forgot, that new guy, well she used his sister as slave labour . Fuck this book

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by HarperCollins
Campion Family #1
Historical fiction, family saga
Own

“The ancient ones whisper to me, Iluak,” Nana says. “They talk about you. They say a bear is waiting.” In the land of snow and ice, where the midwinter sun doesn’t rise and it’s black all day, Iluak is afraid. But he’s not afraid of the darkness. He’s afraid of whiter things.

My thoughts:
A short story set in the north where a young boy faces down a prophecy. I can't really say a lot, it was short. A good MG? novel. Maybe it was YA, but a younger crowd can read it too. Learn a bit about seal hunting, whale hunting, the first northmen coming.

The dangers of ice, water, cold and starvation. And not to take more than what nature can give.

Conclusion:
Short and good.

Hardcover, 203 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Walker Books Australia
Historical YA fiction
Own

Cupid has cast his spell on good witch Ophelia Jensen. The practical, pragmatic, law-abiding librarian has just begun letting down her hair with Stephen Larsen, the author of some of the most scandalous crime exposés ever written. It's a match made in the stacks—until the would-be lovers take a quiet countryside stroll, and shots ring out.

A murderer, not magick, made Stephen disappear—and Ophelia might be next. The sheriff warns her and her grandmother Abby not to meddle, but after another shooting leaves them shaken the women can't help but get involved. A sinister stalker is slowly drawing closer to Ophelia, and she'll have to summon all her powers to prevent herself from ending up six feet under. 

My thoughts:
I think I had the same issues with this one as book 1. It started well enough, but then in the middle I got bored. It was just so meh.

I did not really care for Ophelia.
The whole nazi dream mystery was all wtf is that even doing in the book?
The blurb promised me some romance, the guy gets shot in the first few pages and they met minutes ago.
Yes I did not read the ones in between, but considering book 1 was meh and this one was meh. I wont. It will get an ok from me, since I did like it before it got all meh and I skimmed.

Paperback, 262 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Avon
Ophelia & Abby Mystery #6
Cozy paranormal mystery
Own


46 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed these

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  2. That first book tho. Lol. F that b*tch is right.

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    1. That is how a good book gets a 1

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  3. Omg I lol'ed way too hard at the "but f that bitch in the book"

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  4. Wow, that first book sounds brutal! 512 pages of a nasty heroine who instead of getting her comeuppance gets a happy ending instead? I think I'll pass on that one:)

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    1. I know! I am glad there were other POVS cos else, arghhhh. And I so wanted her to pay

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  5. I'd been curious about the Ophelia and Abby series. Librarians, cats, magic...sounded like a good recipe :(

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  6. Burn baby burn! That's a good thing though if you were affected that much

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    1. Not really, considering I have it a 1 cos I wanted that witch to die

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  7. If you don't like the heroine there's not much point. Boooo

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. To be fair, she was not the heroine. It was a family saga so there were other povs too

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  8. At least the middle one was good and the last one okay. :) No way would I get that first book. I would hate it too. Had to even laugh at the cover. :)

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    1. I do not even get the cover, I think it is the two cousins...one being the Btch who looks down on her cousin

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  9. Your reviews always make my day. Short and to the point, but hilarious. That first book would make me mad as hell.

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  10. hahah buuuuuuurn!!

    Family sagas can be really cool, especially on TV ^^

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    1. I'd be so pissed if I saw this on tv

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  11. These books aren't really my genre, so I saw no harm in highlighting the spoilers. OMG, that was hilarious. I'm sorry that happened though, I hate coming to the end and being hit like that with something so rage-inducing.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I kept waiting for something to happen, and then the end, and I was pissed

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  12. Oh man, I seriously don't blame you. Sad that the book was going good, too.

    The MG sounds good. I don't read them often, but sometimes I have a craving.

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    1. I have had it on my shelf for yeeeeeears so it was time

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  13. Oh my word on the first one. Nope! Someone needs to get hit by a runaway carriage.

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  14. LOL! Love the review for the 1st book (I read the hidden stuff).

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  15. Not really my type of books but thanks for the great reviews of them. I do like the covers though.

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  16. some different books there, sorry some weren't that good in the end

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  17. I dislike when a negative character ruins a book.

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  18. Some temper you have when you don't like your heroines ;p

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  19. Oh dear, sounds like the Polar Boy would be the one to go with. Pity about the other two.

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  20. OMG, your review of the first book had me cracking up! lol!

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  21. Oh your spoiler has me wanting to read just to be mad with you!

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  22. okay you made me laugh with your thoughts on that first one hehe Some characters can really get to you right?

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