I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgallery. This is different from what I normally read which is fantasy/sci fi but I do like autobiography’s and memoirs.
Opening line: “Elmore Linquist was driving way past the speed limit as he pushed his two-year-old Chevy Bel Air through the streets of Minneapolis.”
Summary: This story is about a young Korean-American boy named Young Nam. His mom became pregnant with him from an American soldier stationed in Korea. He promised her that he would fly her to America but promises get broken. The story progresses with how she has coped with caring for a baby who is mixed race in a country where that is looked down upon. Eventually, she gives him up for adoption because her love for him is not enough to give him what he needs. He is then adopted by a Swedish family and renamed, Noah.
My Take: It could have been better written. The long lectures were too much and seemed forced into the story. Some characters didn’t really need to be there. The father who was MIA for most of the story was found but didn’t give any information as to how he was found and got his testimony for the story. Very religious which sometimes took away from the story. I am not a very religious person and it was too much for me at times. It was a sweet and sad story and I really enjoyed reading it but not really my cup of tea.
Highs: The story was sweet and sad.
Lows: I am not a very religious person and this book has a heavy dose of God and what his plan is for everyone. A little heavy handed in that aspect for me at least. This annoyed me so much…the history of the french press. I have no idea why we needed to know the history of the french press other than that Noah (the main character) loves it. Some of the backstory/history lessons were not needed. It added to an already long winded chapters. Also the back and forth between years would sometimes get confusing and the POVs would sometimes switch in the chapter.
Closing line: “The sleek jet arched across a cloudless sky, leaving contrails that gleamed white and misty in the thin, high air as it carried Noah Linquist toward an unrevealed future, contained in the dreams of his two remarkable mothers…And known for certain only by God.”
I have finally finished this book after much trouble with reading it on my nook, I had to read it on my laptop which I detest but oh well. Here is my review finally….I have 4 other books on my list that I will be reading and reviewing shortly. This week is busy for me so we shall see how much reading I can do.
Opening line: “Before he was the enemy, James Haakon McHale III was just a seventeen-year-old in what most people knew as the state of Wyoming, wishing he was somewhere other than the predawn forest with a rifle in his grip.”
Summary: This story follows 4 teenagers all with different POVs and plot lines. Hakkon, the next King who is easily controlled by the council and has no confidence and doesn’t want to be king. Gwen, Hakkons soon to be wife who sneaks outside the border and goes rollar skating and meets a boy. Mary, who is a forgotten commoner but has her horse and best friend, Roarke to keep her sane. Alexander, who is Hakkons best friend and is gay but can’t quite come to terms with it just yet. They all live in the state of Wyoming but it is better known as Eurus which is a kingdom all its own. These 4 teenagers have to deal with a secret that the Council have hidden away from the population for years.
My Take: I felt like having that many POVs were a little too much. 4 different POVs and all had different plot lines. It sometimes got too much. It was just all going into different directions but at the same time they did eventually converge and blend together at the end. I did start skimming in the middle because I wanted to learn more about a certain character more but the one who grew up the most were Mary and Gwen. I liked that it seemed like it was going to be a boys book but instead the girls became the heroines. I liked the twist though a bigger one lies in store when you did finish the book! *wink wink*
Highs: The plot twist was amazing!!
Lows: Got a little bored with it and too much teen angst. I know that its a YA novel and I’m sure that teenagers reading this would love it but I just got annoyed by it.
Closing line: “Even if it killed her.”
Opening line: “When the second sun sets into the sea, the shadow of the offshore islands slowly climbs the coast-land slopes, ascending the serrated pattern of the trees; one by one, each dark pink and everwillow passes from daytime green to silhouette shadow.
Summary: Brierley is a witch in hiding in a land where witches are though to be dangerous and extinct. She hides her skills well as a healer for towns in her country. She is then “called” to the lords manor where she heals a stable boy that was close to death. Lord Melfallan witnesses her healing but thinks nothing of it until his wife and unborn child is in danger. She saves them but at a cost of being named a witch by one of the Duke’s man who wants Melfallans lands for himself. They travel across the sea to the Duke’s seat to hear her trial but there is intrigue and betrayal waiting for all who step into court.
My Take: It was a really good read. I liked the storyline though it was predictable but at the same time unique. She is a strong heroine and she grows throughout the book from a meek healer to a strong-willed witch with more confidence. The different POVs were nice but sometimes got confusing because I didn’t know who was talking when. I liked the back story to the world and the history of her people and her magic. The intrigue was really well played and I enjoyed that Lord Melfallan was a quick thinker. He has his faults like any other man which makes him relatable. My other issue were they many questions that Brierley asked of herself and didn’t really get the answers. I felt like all the questions that needed to be answered are waiting for us in the next book but didn’t need to put in front of us until we have those answers.
Highs: The description of everything of the world. I didn’t feel like it was too much and painted a beautiful picture in my head. The middle of the book and end were great. The story definitely picked up and got moving along.
Lows: All the questions that were posed throughout the book but were never really answered. I understand that this is only book one but all the “why” questions were a little overwhelming. Brierley kept asking herself why why why why and it got annoying as the story moved along. Also it was a little slow to begin with.
Closing line: “We should go in.”