Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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The Tirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
First published September 10th, 2006

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of Gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.


This, unexpectedly, was a great story ; when I started I had low expectations because I didn’t think it was my kind of book, but I had heard such good things about it that I wanted to give it a try. So to my surprise, I loved it. The story is dark and gloomy, but very compelling and definitely creepy at parts.

This very old woman who is a famous writer with no known past finally decides to tell her story. And quite the mystical story it is! The writing gives an old feel to the book, like a 19th century novel, with scandals, ghosts, creepy children, and tons of mystery. Setterfield does a great job of really pulling you in. You not only care about the unveiling of the mystery, but the story itself to which you want to know all the details as it unfolds. As for the unveiling, it was unpredictable. It was brilliant. It’s what changed my “to be” 4 star rating to 5. My guesses were in the right direction, but I never quite caught on to it, and I doubt many will. I could see this becoming a great classic.

5/5 hot espressos

Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Darkfever (Fever #1)Karen Marie Moning First published October 31st, 2006 

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she…

Book Blogger Hop

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“Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre anymore?”

I enjoy a lot of genres but I do have a primary and that would be YA. I would not be able to give up reading *gasp*. So I would pick up Urban Fantasy (Or PNR they’re pretty similar). I love paranormal books with lots of action and excitement so either of those usually do the trick. I’m just finishing the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (on book #5) and I could see myself being able to live without YA if Barrons would take its place!

Grand Blog Opening!

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I’m very excited to open my blog for business! I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while now but I didn’t have any ideas or the time to put it all together. So since I have a few books reviews piling up, I figured it was time.

So welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy my reviews. I don’t have any specific genres, though you will see a lot of YA novels. I also enjoy adult fiction so you will see a little bit of everything. I will start posting reviews today. I have a lot of them piled up so I will start importing them on my blog for you all to enjoy immensely! 😉

Very excited!Your fellow noob blogger,Giselle

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