Book Reviews| #Review Books,#Edelweiss| Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns #1
Kendare Blake
Juvenile Fiction
Pan Macmillan
September 22, 2016
ebook
Edelweiss
I received this book from Edelweiss for review purposes
Read from May 20 to September 21
Arisnoe, Mirabella, Katherine
Fennbirn Island

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

I would like to thank Edelweiss and the books publisher for allowing me read a review copy of this fantastic book but the fact that I received it for review will have no bearing on my feelings about the book.

The book is written in the third person narrative as well as being told from the perspectives of each of the three main characters. This was an extremely good way of doing it as it meant that you not only got an insight into the lives of the three main characters but also some of the main people that were responsible for the care of each of them as well from their points of view, which was great.

All the characters were well developed and multi-dimensional which meant that I was able to connect with them on many different levels and for may different reasons. I loved the fact that each of the Sisters had different gifts Naturalist (Arsinoe), Elemental (Mirabella) and Katherine (Poisoner). I am really keen to see how all the characters are developed further in the next book but especially Arisnoe the Naturalist as it looks like she’s possibly going to have more than one of the gifts.

The plot was well written and developed which made it really believable. Although I would say that it could be very information heavy at times, which although needed in order to build the world adequately enough for a first book it meant that it was slow going at times. Because the plot in this book was very information heavy I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to how the plot develops further as there were areas in it where things were not explained fully so I can’t wait to see how these gaps are filled and possibly expanded upon.

In summary, I gave this book a 5-star rating because I enjoyed the plot and characters and am looing forward to reading the next book in the series. As well as the fact that I would recommend this to and/or buy it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.

Book Review | #Personal Book | Poisoned (Snow White #1) by Katherine Pine

Poisoned
Snow White Volume 1
Katherine Pine
YA Sci-fi Fantasy Fairy tale Retelling
IWM
February 26th 2013
ebook
192
Amazon
Read from 23/12/13 to 12/12/16
The Mirror, The Huntsman
Snow White, Rose Red

Poisonous mists settled in the lowlands 17 years ago, rendering ninety percent of the land uninhabitable and killing over half the population. Most blame their misfortune on industrialization or the fey, but some curse Snow White, the princess who was born poisoned.

As the only person who can survive entering the poisoned woods without a gas mask, Snow White has dedicated her life to studying the poison and finding a cure. This obsession draws her deeper into the woods and its secrets, where nothing is as it seems. When Snow White saves a man who should never have been saved, she unleashes an evil more horrifying and destructive than the poison.

“The people in the village silently worshiped Snow White, but the servants Poisoned (Snow White, #1)feared her. They remembered the beauty and kindness of the late queen. They never forgot that she’d died by her daughter’s hand.”

I read this book as part of the Snow White Volumes 1 to 3 bind up and it was also the first book I had read by this author. I enjoyed reading this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the second book (The Mirror) in the bind up. This was a really twisted retelling of Snow White with the story of Rose Red thrown in for good measure. Snow White is a complex character who it was hard not to feel sorry for due to the fact that she is poisoned like the kingdom she is Princess of, and the fact that she is guilt ridden because she’s responsible for her mother’s death. It was great how Katherine twisted the sentient mirror into an actual person who’d been imprisoned in a dungeon, the poisoned apple being the fact that she was born with a disease (‘poisoned’) and the wicked stepmother with the evil that lurks in the poisoned kingdom.All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love. <br /> Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason

All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love.                                                              Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason it’s poisoned. The story skips from her young self to her present day life but in both, she is a very depressive character but it is understandable as she’s not only been born ‘poisoned’ but is also the reason her mother is dead. She met Princess Rose when she panicked in the aftermath of killing her mother and tried to escape the tower.                                                                            Princess Rose was quite a confusing character to understand because her words and deeds tend to have alternate meanings. Although her father, the king wants Snow White dead she attempts to stand by Snow White until the end. Yet she nor the King stop Snow White from running into the poisoned forest. By the end of the book, it was starting to become clear that she was going to become the evil queen because she’d found the man who called himself Mirror, so the Mirror.

The style in which the book was written could be a little confusing to follow because at the start of chapters it was hard to tell whether it was being set in the present or past. However, once I got into the chapter properly it became much easier to decipher when it was set.

I thought the twist to the lore of Snow White in this book was really imaginative and wish that I had come up with it! This is why I started reading the next book in the series so I could end some of the loose ends and the cliffhanger from the first book.

This book is a YA sci-fi Romance Fairytale Retelling and it fits very well into these genres so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books from the genres.<br /><br />
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Book Information | #Overdrive | The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple #2) by Carolla Dunn

The Winter Garden Mystery
Daisy Dalrymple Series, Book 2
Carola Dunn
Historical Cozy Mystery
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
July 18, 2006  
MP3 Audio ( Duration: 07:15:13)      
Overdrive
Read from November 26 to 29, 2016
Death at Wentwater Court                                                                                
Murder on the Flying Scotsman, Damsel in Distress 
Bernadette Dunne
Daisy Dalrymple, Detective Inspector Alec Bobbie Parslow, Grace Moss
England (!920's)

In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

The merest hint of spring has arrived in Cheshire, and so has Daisy Dalrymple. The feisty flapper is a breath of fresh air to the occupants of gloomy Occles Hall, among them her former school chum, wallflower Bobbie Parslow, and the thorny mistress of the manor, Lady Valeria. While photographing the barren ground behind the house, Daisy suspects someone has been digging amidst the soil's first green shoots—and promptly unearths the corpse of Grace Moss, the missing parlor maid. So begins a harrowing romp as the dead woman's shocking secret is revealed—leaving Daisy to catch a killer before she's pushing up daisies.

The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple, #2)

 

 

 

Book Information | #Overdrive | Requiem For A Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple #3) by

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Daisy Dalrymple #3
Carola Dunn
Historical (1920's) Mystery
Kensington Books
June 24, 2008
audio book
249
Overdrive
Read from November 29 to December 02, 2016
Death at Wentwater Court, The Winter Garden Mystery
Murder on the Flying Scotsman, Damsel in Distress
Bernadette Dunne
Daisy Dalrymple, Detective nspector Alec Fletcher, Bettina
England (1920)
https://herts.overdrive.com/media/109786

Daisy Dalrymple is up to her fashionable bob in a murder case in bohemian post World War I Chelsea. When an opera diva dies during a performance of Verdi's "Requiem", Daisy and Scotland Yard Inspector Alec Fletcher soon discover the singer had her share of adversaries. Did one of them poison the acclaimed mezzo soprano?

Book Information | #Overdrive | Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery #1) by Carolla Dunn

Death at Wentwater Court Book Cover Death at Wentwater Court
Daisy Dalrymple Mystery #1
Carola Dunn
Historical Mystery
Blackstone Publishing
August 27, 2009
audio book
272
Overdrive
25 -26/11
Bernadette Dunne
Daisy, Alec , Lord and Lady Wentwater
England, 1920

No stranger to sprawling country estates, well-heeled Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground at Wentwater Court to cover a story for Town & Country magazine. But her interview gives way to interrogation when suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a chilly end on the tranquil skating pond. With evidence that his death was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard so the culprit can't slip through their fingers like the unfortunate Astwick slipped through the ice ... Praise for The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries: 'Appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece.' Publishers Weekly 'As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above... This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries.' Booklist

Book Information| #Overdrive | The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy #1/3) by Pearl S Buck

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The Good Earth #1/3
Pearl S. Buck
Classic Fiction
Simon and Schuster
September 15, 2004
Ebook
357
Overdrive
[13/6 sample] /11 - 3/12
Sons, The Divided House
O-Lan, Wang Lung
China

A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

This Post is the Information about the book The Good Earth the first book in the ‘The Good Earth Triolgy’.

Book Information | #Review Book | Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery #1/3) by

SOURCE: Direct from author                                                                             Meet Your Baker (Bakeshop Mystery #1)FORMAT: Ebook                                                                     STAR RATING:  5/5 Stars                                                     SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with DeathThe victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to                                                                                                                                 goodreads 

Book Information| #Personal Book| Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

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Jung Chang
Cultural (china) Historical Memoire
HarperCollins UK
2004
Paperback/Kindle book/audio book
666
Amazon/audible
Read from October 2015 to 22 November 2016
Pik-seem Lim
China

A new edition of one of the best-selling and best-loved books of recent years, with a new introduction by the author. A tumultuous history of China's 20th century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution.

Book Information| #Personal/KindleUnlimited book| Little Red (Everland Ever after #1/7) by Caroline Lee

Little Red
Overland Ever after #2
Caroline Lee
Western Romance Retelling
May 22, 2016
Kindle Book
162
KindleUnlimited
Read from November 11 to 14, 2016
Beauty, Book 4 The Stepmother
Rojita, Hank Cutter, El Lobo (the big bad wolf)
Everland, Wyomig

She's gone over the river and through the woods, but who will protect her from the Big Bad Wolf? Rojita is in trouble; all she needs to do is get her grandfather's will to Abuela in Everland, but she's being chased by El Lobo, one of the West's most notorious gunslingers. It isn't until she's thrown herself head-long into danger that she realizes the old adage about frying pans and fires applies. She's in desperate need of a protector, and hires the first man who comes along to get her safely to Everland. Bounty hunter Hank Cutter is more than ready to retire to a lonely little cabin in Arizona, to hang up his gun and find peace. He'll begrudgingly help the reckless young woman get to the nearest train station, because he figures she'd get into even more trouble on her own. But when El Lobo struts back into his life-Hank still has the scars from their last encounter-he knows that he can't leave Rojita at the gunslinger's mercy. Maybe he's nobler than he'd thought, because he's soon setting a trap to save the lovely, impetuous Red. The only problem is that she's still keeping a secret that could destroy his trust. ************************************************ The Brides of Everland, Ever After Step into Everland, Wyoming, where the people on the street are more than what they appear, and there's just a hint of magic in the air. From evil villains to mysterious godmothers, handsome cowboys to hidden princesses... welcome to Everland, Ever After. LITTLE RED (Rojita and Hank) ELLA (Ella and Ian) BEAUTY (Arabella and Vincenzo)