An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

This book on the other hand started out great, I was super excited to find out what happens to Brianna and Roger and how they are living their life, and we do get to see it, at least some of it. Most of the book is focused on John Grey and William. (Doesn't John Grey have his own series. Why is he taking over this one too.) I go to admit, I did skip quite a few chapters because I DID NOT want to read about William, I have no interest in him, so he's a grown boy and in the war, who cares. I don't that's for sure. It was really difficult to enjoy this book, I read a quickly as I could so I could move on to something else. Will not be starting Written In My Own Hearts Blood for a while, I need a break from their boring life. Diana Gabaldon  needs to focus more on the actual story and the details that matter, not the sex life of 60 year old, I don't want to know anymore what Claire's breasts look like and how Jamie likes to touch her butt. So that is all, I won't go into detail much more, because if you read this book you must have read the first one, and if you read the first one you know that the story is good, it's just the 1300+ pages that really get in the way.  Let me know how you felt about these books. And do you recommend me reading the next one soon. It's already sitting on my shelf, ready to be picked up, but I don't think I'm ready yet.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon really knows how to tell a good story, her attention to detail and character development are amazing. This book is the third in the Outlander series.I wasn't sure how she was going to pull off having a 20 year separation between Claire and Jamie, but she did a great job. You do get to know what happened with each of them during those long years. And anticipate the reunion. Lots of shocking secrets are revealed and when Laoghaire makes an appearance I wanted to scream at the book. We also meet a chinaman and get to know Roger and Brianna more and I think this is where Lord John makes his official arrival into the series. (By the way Lord John has his own series by Diana Gabaldon) The first half of the book ties all the loose knots, but the second half is spent on a voyage to save young Ian who was kidnapped (I think by pirates). And that's really where the actions starts, but I personally preferred getting to know what they were up to for those 20 years. If you fell like it startes dragging when they are on the ship, don't worry and just keep reading, the ending picks up with some twists and turns.Dianas' characters really come to life, and like I've said before, she makes you feel like you're part of the book and not just reading it. I couldn't put it down, I literally carried it with me room to room around the house. I can't recommend this series enough. I just looooove it. Hopefully it will continue to rock my socks off. There are quite a few more to go. 

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

"With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander....
 
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....
 
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves...."

Despite all the romance that goes on in this book, it's really a historical fiction, the reader gets to explore 18th century Scotland, from the  King Louis XV of France to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 in which Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tries to reclaim the throne of Scotland and England. And not only that, we also get to know the lives of regular people as well, down to the workings of hospitals and medicine at that time. Which in itself is amazing, how without modern medicine Claire is healing people with plants and herbs. I felt like I was learning a lot. There are also a lot of twist and turns as we discover more ancestors and how many of the characters seem to connect with one another. But aside from all the history in this book, it still focuses on Claire and Jamie's love. We see them grow more and more toward each other in a realistic way. And it makes us feel like we're in this relationship too. Not just reading about it, but that is mostly through the massive amounts of research Gabaldon did for these books. And you will definitely not be disappointed with the humor, sometimes I would have to stop reading because I was laughing so much. She has found that special way of making the characters feel normal, and real. Like we're in the same room with everyone, you can clearly imagine what everyone is doing, wearing and the facial expressions they make. It really makes you fall in love with all the characters of this book.  Jamie has a strong male role, he's the hunky Scot who protects Claire at every step, who is not afraid to die for what he believes in, and he will take unexpected risks for his own reasons. But don't think that Claire is a girly girl. She is a strong woman too. And stubborn just as much as Jamie. She is healing people left and right, which results in it's own problems. Yet they are so down to earth, you can't help but love them. So I'm recommending this book to everyone. Especially if you read the Outlander, it does not loos any of it's charm.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

"Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding."

I was very disappointed with this book, it was almost sad how bad it was, the beginning not as much as the ending, it's as if Collins was given an hour to finish it and this is the best she came up with. She didn't do the justice to her characters, at all. We get to know them, love them and then they leave the book and she doesn't even think twice about them. I would have liked to know a little more about all the characters and not just what Katniss is thinking 24/7. And I'm not even gonna go there, Katniss doesn't seem to grow at all in these books, I thought she was a lot stronger in The Hunger Games, she's supposed to be the rebel thats gonna change the lives of people in Panem, but all she does is complain most of the time, running around in the hospital in a daze. Again months pass in just a few pages and we don't really get the full story. I wish this book had an extra 100 pages or so to tie up the loose ends. The ending is "realistic" but we only see what happens to Katniss and Peeta, no one else is really mentioned, I would have liked to know more. I really thought this book was a big disappointment compared to the first two. 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This book is amazing, so many historical details about Scotland that I had no idea ever existed. And the story is something else, there is love, loss, war, romance, lots of sex ( so I wouldn't recommend it to younger readers), imprisonment, family, and of course time travel. It makes you feel for the characters as they face what is in front of them, many times they risk everything, and that's what makes this story feel so real. At the beginning I was kind of hesitant about this book being all that great, but as I kept reading I kept wanting more. I couldn't get enough. Clairs life has really taken a 180º turn, but is it for the better? I think so. And I guess I'll find out more as I read more of the series. Yes people this is just the first book. The are seven! And I have already started on the second. 
 
I found this book through other peoples reviews of The Bronze Horseman, which is another great great book. A lot of readers said they were looking for something similar in nature to TBH and this is it. So without hesitation, really, I ordered the whole series. And good thing I did, after finishing this one I wouldn't be able to wait for the next book. 
 
And there is even talk of a series based on this book. Lets hope it goes through.

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society" by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows - REVIEW

A historical novel about life after war. It's about friendship, human nature, life, love, family and a unique society.

The story is set in London 1946, when Juliet, an author, receives a letter from Dawsey Adams a member of the "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society", he somehow is in possession of a book she used to own and wants to know more about the author of the book. They start corresponding and soon enough Juliet is captivated by his experience with the war. Before long she is writing letters to all the members of the Society and learning of their experiences, and how the society was established as a cover up during the occupation. And even after the war they keep their meeting. Juliet is writing a book about the German occupation and wants to gather more research, feeling that these strangers have a lot to offer she visits them. While there she is beside herself, their lives were shattered during the war and now they are recovering better then she thought. She befriends each one, and even falls in love.

We find out how many nasty and good things the German officers did on the island, anyone who is a pet lover should beware of reading a letter from "The Animal Lover". But by the end Juliet's love trouble will have you falling off you chair laughing.

The characters are well developed, they have a lot to offer to the reader. Learning what each character went through and their life stories was enchanting. With all the humor this book offers one can forget that it's about war. The characters, although affected by the war have a witty and humorous personality, I had to put the book down because I was laughing so much. And constantly had a smile on my face. 

I loved it! It's well written and laugh-out-loud funny. 

I would recommend it to readers who like an amusing as well as informative and captivating read. The book is a series of letter between the society members, Juliet and her friends. 

Amazing! is all I can say. 

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

sarah's key book review

The litte girl Sarah Starzynski manages to hide her little brother in a cupboard (their secret hiding place) before the police take her and her parents to the Vélodrome d'Hiver, where they await to be transported to Auschwitz.Fast forward sixty years later Julia Jarmond an American journalist living in France uncovers what has happened to her and her family. This discovery makes her question her relationship with her husband and his family's involvement. She is determined to find out the truth, even if it destroys her family. About half way though the book the story shifts to Sarahs point to view and back to Julia. We are able to connect with the girl on a deeper lever and feel what she felt. Her love for her brother nearly got her killed yet she never gave up.Although the book is written in pretty simple language I still enjoyed it and would recommend it for someone who enjoys an easy read. But it still could have been written a little better. After the big secret is revealed the book looses steam. It feels more like it's about Julia then Sarah, how she struggles with her marriage, family and some moral issues. I would prefer to find out more about Sarah then just the woman who's doing research on her.

Overall this book is pretty good. Makes you think of what people went though during the war and while some people try to face the facts, others seem to think that since they didn't live through it it never happened. There is also a movie made from this book. Check it out

Hoping Netflix has it soon. Looks pretty good compared to the book.

 

 

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