QUICK NOTE...Update: 1/2/19
The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Welcome back to the site that aims to please the bookish soul in you, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Monday, September 28, 2015
The care and passion that the author showed in this portrayal of familial and sisterly love was memorable. We see life from both Louisa's and May's perspectives from their poor beginnings to their achievements in the arts (writing and painting, respectively) to their trials of life and love. There is a deep seated mutual respect between the girls but to me, it was always bittersweet. Jealousy and in-content plagued them both night and day, day and night, year after year. They loved each other because only those you truly care about can get under your skin so badly, it just made for a less than tender affection between them. I really loved getting to know May and the final sacrifices at book's end truly finished shaping her character for me.
In conclusion, if you're going to embark on the journey, you better be in for the long haul. This isn't a read that can be raced through. It must be given time and understanding because only then can the light from within its pages shine through. Recommended for older teens through adults not due to any mischievous content (gasp...Julian sees her ankle!) but for appropriate interest levels and dedication to the story.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
About the book...
So, as you can see, it's quite the story and despite being a sequel, does not suffer from a case of the "Sophomore slump". You know, that dreaded syndrome second releases can be afflicted with that makes you wonder...why in the world am I reading this! Here, so not the case. Tony is just as I remember, testy and impatient, smart yet not in all areas, and despite wanting to give up, never actually carrying through. Glad to see Hawes is still around because really, with Tony's tantrums and access to information, you really never know. Juniper's continued appearance is not unexpected (though it does take a little getting use to with her text speak) but her tag-along "friend-who-wants-to-be-more" certainly is. I see why Tony doesn't like the guy, I'm not really a fan either, but his longevity within the series is questionable....as in we may be seeing more of him but I don't necessarily think Juni will be for long. *fingers crossed*
All in all, a great addition to this growing Mystery and Adventure series for Kids Fiction fans. There's a little something for everyone from danger and missions (im)possible,to young love and jealousy. Whether you've read the first installment (recommended!) or choose to jump in here, you won't be lost but you will be ready for more.