Archive for November, 2009

November 25, 2009

Secret History of the Pink Carnation – Lauren Willig

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. This book I picked up on a whim. I was wondering through boarders and noticed the pretty cover. The girl on the front is in a pink satin dress holding a flower. I was curious and flipped over and scanned the back. To my surprise it was a historical romance with a bit of mystery. I bought it went home and spent the next 4 hours laughing. It was wonderful; the story is fun and light hearted with two story lines. One of a Harvard graduate student, Eloise, and her search and trials with her dissertation on Napoleonic era spies such as the Scarlet Pimpernel, and of course the most elusive Pink Carnation.  Eloise story is just as intriguing and constantly has you giggling at her random and slightly chaotic self.

The second story is that of Amy Balcourt and her deepest desire to join the Purple Gentian.  Along with her quiet but brilliant cousin Jane, and Miss Gwen who always is great for a laugh. Amy’s tenacious nature makes for a great character and torture for the man that adores her.

Cleverly written with that amazing laugh out loud quality that has co workers giving you odd glances when you are reading on your lunch break.  The best part Eloise story continues in Lauren Willig’s other novels. The other best part is your favorite characters never really disappear but are connected throughout the other novels.  Great for those who finish books and wonder what happened next. Fun read that mixes mystery, romance, and very entertaining characters.

November 14, 2009

Heart’s Blood – Juliet Marillier

The first book I am going to review is the most recent book published by Juliet Marillier who is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I have yet to read a book by her that has not been wonderful. This one is called Heart’s Blood. It is about a young girl running from a traumatic past who finds her way into a cursed forest.  She learns about a position as a scribe up at Whistling Tor. The magic and power that radiate from the walls of that fortress would be enough to scare away any normal person and has for years. The young girl, Caitrin, prides herself on her work as a scribe which she learned at the side of her late beloved father and knows that the myths and legends about the cursed forest could keep her safe. Despite the warnings of the local people she ventures up the hill and she finds more than she expects.

Full of magic and emotion this book draws you in like an enchanted mirror and you become fascinated with the story and mystery of Whistling Tor. You sit beside Caitrin as she begins to unravel the past and discover the secrets that hold a town in fear of their protector and his land. This book is truly a magnetic read and one which has you following the story with anticipation and excitement.  I still prefer her Sevenwater and Light Isle books which I will review later, but this was definitely worth the buy.


“I must go into the library and turn over those pages. I must open the box and take out the obsidian mirror. I must look in to the darkness.” – Heart’s Blood – Juliet Marillier page 158.

November 13, 2009

Bookplate Review

I am starting a book review blog with the vain hope that someone will read a post and decide to pick up a book. I will cover books from different authors and different genres. I read a lot from young adult, historical fiction, historical mystery, fantasy, some science fiction, and a few books off the best sellers. Majorly fiction books capture my imagination but once in a while a non-fiction book will find its way on here.