Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: The Madwoman Upstairs

The Madwoman Upstairs The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
An entertaining literary caper featuring the Brontes, Bronte memoribilia, academia, and a taboo romance.
Clever, witty dialog; weak mystery; an overabundance of metaphors and similies.
Now I need to read the Bronte sisters again.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Technically I didn't finish - stopped about 30 pages short...I just had NO interest in this book at all. May be some Juv Fiction books are not meant for adults -- or at least this one wasn't for me.
Not sure I've ever gotten so close to the end of a book without completing it...no regrets...don't even care.



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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore: A Rebellious Romantic Comedy

Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore: A Rebellious Romantic Comedy Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore: A Rebellious Romantic Comedy by Jane Carter Barrett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

"God's nightgown!" What a spunky romantic comedy!

Antonia Barclay is a Scottish tom-boy, with a sailor's mouth and the riding skills of a jockey. She's also a princess, but doesn't know that yet. Breck Claymore is the Scottish Highlander, sword craftsman, who seeks her hand in marriage. And the Throckmortons are the nasties who try to circumvent it all.

Author Jane Carter Barrett has created a fast paced historical romance, imbued with 21st century allusions and tendencies. References to haute couture seems just as natural as horses and ancient castles, giving Antonia a sophistication not yet recognized in 16th century Scotland. The author also is an expert in creating biting, yet comical dialogue between characters, especially when Antonia is fending off unwarranted advances from the bumbling Rex Throckmorton, who is more drunk, fraternity boy, than aristocrat. On top of that, the vocabulary is a lexiconic cookie jar that required checking the e-dictionary on more than one occasion.

I did grow weary of Rex and his constant attempt to "pluck" Antonia, which was nothing short of his intent to rape her. And his father, Basil, is not much better. But the soft natured persona of Queen Mary was a nice buffer.

For comic relief and an adoring relationship, this is the perfect modern, historical romance (if such a thing exists!).

Thanks to the publisher for providing a NetGalley copy to me for my review.

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