Friday, December 27, 2013

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Hello Bookworms,
            Today I have a review of the longest book I read this year: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Summary

            Anna Karenina is unhappy. After eight years, her marriage isn’t all that she hoped it would be. She has a son, Serezha, that she loves dearly, and Karenin, her husband, isn’t mean to her…he’s just distant. She’s not in a “bad” marriage, but she seems to be in a loveless marriage.

            Kitty Scherbatskaya is old enough to get married but her mother and father are divided as to whom she should marry. Her mother favors a military man. Her father favors an older man, a gentleman farmer, humble and kind.

            Constantine Levin is an over thinker. Everything in his life he decides on with too much thought including matters of the heart. He desperately wants to get married and he’s sure that if that is ever to happen, it will be to the one woman that occupies his mind. He longs to marry her and bring her to his farm and make a life together…if only he had the courage to ask….

            Vronsky is a military man and a bachelor. And now he has fallen for a married woman after meeting her on a train by chance. How will he deal with this new found affection…a married woman is out of the question…what will society think? Or does Vronsky care?

These four people are about to be intertwined in ways that none of them ever imagined was possible.

Review

          I do not understand why this book ended up being called Anna Karenina. Honestly, after having read it, I am convinced that it would have been smarter to call it Constantine Levin. The story is, in volume, so much more about Constantine than anyone else in this book. And frankly, I find it easier to make Constantine the hero of this book that it is to make Anna the heroine. Anna is NOT heroine material. I feel sorry for her sometimes, but I definitely was not rooting for her. In fact, I found myself rooting for almost all of the other characters in the book before her. So many people suffered because of her!

            Overall I would say that because it is a classic, some people may want to read this book just for the experience of read THE Anna Karenina, however, I would only recommend that, if anyone is determined to read this book, they be a mature adult because of the long standing theme of extra-marital affairs (no, there’s no sex scenes). It’s not exactly a book that most parents would want their young one reading.

            I usually do not like to recommend that someone read an abridged version of a classic book because, in many cases, so much is missed when the book is abridged. However, after reading all 963 pages of Anna Karenina I would HIGHLY recommend buying an abridged version. There are whole chapters that have nothing to do with the actual plot of the book. Now, I am by no means saying that every book be no more than three hundred pages and all related to the storyline. That would be boring. What I am saying is that several detailed chapters on the word-for-word conversations about the specifics of Russian farming and the different political views surrounding it and the economics behind it is not exactly something you expect to read in a fiction story about the woes of an unhappy gentlewoman and housewife. And yes. It is about as exciting as it sounds.

            Aside from the details that are highly unnecessary, there are plenty of interesting twists and turns in the book and I think that the abridged version will bring those events closer together in the timeline of the story and make the story move forward more smoothly.

            So what am I saying here? Am I recommending the book or not? Truly, I’m not. But if you are bound and determined to read it, do consider getting the abridged version.

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The Most Anticipated Books of 2014!

Hello bookworms!,
             I hope that you all had great Christmases! Hope you all got some books or gave some books! I personally gave several and received 17!! A book lover's dream!!  Now that Christmas day has passed, everyone is enjoying their gifts and thinking about the new year, 2014! With a new year comes new books as well! Here are a few that I'm eagerly anticipating this coming year!

1. Songs of the Shenandoah (Heirs of Ireland #3) by Michael K Reynolds
          I will admit that I have already read this book and I LOVED it! With this one, I am anticipating many great reviews! This epic conclusion to the Heirs of Ireland series is wonderful! There's action, suspense, and love. It comes out January 1st, 2014 Don't miss it! :)


2. Mark of Distinction (Price of Privilege Trilogy #2) by Jessica Dotta
         This year I read the first novel in this trilogy, Born of Persuasion, and it was a very enjoyable read. Plenty of action, mystery, and loads of suspense with a fast paced story line and a cliffhanger that will leave you breathless! You will want to know what happens next and on May 1st, 2014 (according to Goodreads.com) you can find out!


3. The Butterfly and The Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1) by Kristy Cambron
         Okay readers, This is one that I am DYING to get my hands on!! This book is a novel about the artwork found in Prison Camps. As one who has read novels about the Holocaust since Middle school, I was excited to find this new book about a subject from the Holocaust that I have not seen covered much. This is one you will not want to miss (especially you history buffs). Grab a copy when it comes out on July 15, 2014.

These are three main books that I am anticipating this year....but first, I think I'll start the ones that I've was given for Christmas. :)

Until Next Time,
              Lizzie <3

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The 6 Books of 2013 I Recommend for Christmas Gifts!


1.       Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen.

Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.
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Why This Book?

            I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and I am in love with the concept of DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY I think that this book would please the Jane Austen Romantic in your family or circle of friends! This would also be a good book for someone who likes blending classical literature with the present!

 


2.     The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turanksy
Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help?
 
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

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Why This Book?

            I heard it said that this book is like Downton Abbey meets The Sound of Music (The good one…with Julie Andrews…not the recent incarnation that got terrible feedback J ). Carrie Turanksy is an established author who has written independently as well as for Love Inspired Books. I believe THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL will put a smile on a young lady’s face in your life this Christmas!

 


3.      In Golden Splendour by Michael K. Reynolds

Irish immigrant Seamus Hanley is a lost soul, haunted by his past as a U.S. Army deserter and living alone in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in 1849. But after witnessing a deadly stage coach crash, he finds purpose in the scattered wreckage -- a letter with a picture of a beautiful and captivating woman named Ashlyn living in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush. Moved by her written plea for help, he abandons all and sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. While being pursued by those who want to hang him, Seamus encounters fascinating characters including a young Pauite Indian who makes the ultimate sacrifice in helping Seamus to cross the snowy Yosemite Valley.

Battered but changed for the better, Seamus reaches San Francisco on Christmas Eve as the city burns in the tragic fire of 1849. But there is little time for rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.
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Why This Book?

            In Golden Splendour is the sequel to FLIGHT OF THE EARLS and would be a great book for both men and women on your list this Christmas. The main character in the book Seamus Hanley has a very interesting story that is sure to please all sorts of book lovers. For the history buffs on your list, IN GOLDEN SPLENDOUR covers several major events in history including the California Gold Rush. For the romantics on your list there is a wonderful love story. Finally, for the lovers of fast-paced books there is action galore! (Bear in mind that you don’t want your loved one to read these books out of order because it will spoil major plot details. So, if they haven’t read FLIGHT OF THE EARLS first, you may want to consider that book or both of them together as a gift J )

 


4.     The Heiress of Winterwood by Sara E Ladd

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
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Why This Book?

            I love historical fiction and when I read about THE HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD I was immediately intrigued. I think that this book would be a great gift idea for those on your list who love Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, and other programs. This would also be a great gift for lovers of history and historical fiction.

 

 

 

5.     Birds of the Nile by N.E. David

When Michael Blake takes early retirement from the British Embassy in Cairo, he books a long awaited birding trip. But halfway up the Nile he meets Lee Yong and things begin to change. Their tour guide Reda isn t all he seems either and when the Egyptian revolution kicks off, Blake finds himself embroiled in a tangled web of love and intrigue. Set against the background of the events of January 2011, Birds of the Nile is a powerful story of loss and self-discovery as three disparate characters, each with their own agenda, seek to come to terms with change. Part political thriller, part love story, Birds of the Nile is N.E.David s debut novel. Poignantly written, it reminds us of the complex nature of global cultural interaction and how, as individuals, we try to deal with it.
                  -------Goodreads.com

Why This Book?

            I think it is fun to follow an author’s career from the beginning where possible. While N.E. David has written several novellas, this is his debut novel. Part romance and part political thriller with a wonderful Egyptian setting, I think many will love this contemporary fiction! This might be a wonderful gift for both men and women on your list this year!
 

6.      Longbourn by Jo Baker

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
 

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.
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Why This Book?

            I love books that reimagine old favorites. I was a huge fan of DARCY’S STORY when I read it and now author Jo Baker offers another perspective of the story of Pride and Prejudice. I love the idea of the story being told from the maid’s point of view. This book has gotten great reviews and has even been Editor’s Choice in Daedalus Books (Salebooks.com). I believe this book would be great for Jane Austen fans, or even for people who just enjoy the Pride and Prejudice movies from over the years!

 
I hope these recommendations help you find a great gift for your loved one!
 
                                ---Lizzie <3 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

What to Give a Bookworm for Christmas


Hello Bookworms,

            Many of you are trying to find gifts for your family and friends. I’m willing to bet that most of you have one person on your list that LOVES books!! That might even be the only thing you know about some of the people on your list. To keep you from pulling any more of your hair out, here are a few ideas on what to give your favorite bookworm (or what to tell your friends or family to get you ;) )

Bookmarks!

Every person that reads books needs a way to mark their place and a bookmark is a perfect way! Bookmarks come in a very wide variety of materials, sizes, shapes, and colors. Every bookstore sells them and most of the time they are cheap! Bookmarks make good small gifts or stocking stuffers for the bookworm in your circle of family and friends!
                                             A funky beaded bookmark that sits in the center of the book

Bookends!

Maybe you’re looking for something a little more substantial that a bookmark but you don’t want to spend a ton. How about bookends? Bookends come in so many different forms that you’re sure to find some that will fit your family member or friend’s personality or home d├ęcor perfectly!
 

Book Covers!

Another small and inexpensive item is book covers. These little spandex covers keep hardback books from getting all scratched up over the wear and tear of reading them or carrying them around with you and would make a great gift for the family member who is a little rough with their books J
                                                                                           Great as a gift or a stocking stuffer!

Book Memorabilia!

A great thing to give a friend who super loves a particular book or series is memorabilia straight from the story! Three great examples are Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. These books have become very famous and have LOADS of merchandise from ornaments to figurines to games to t-shirts, jackets and much much more! Can’t find your family or friends favorite book memorabilia in store? Look around online! Many stores only carry the most popular ones so check their online stores or places like Amazon.com, etc. to see if there is any memorabilia out there for your loved one’s favorite story.

 



Bookshelves!

If you’re looking to spend a little more money, and your friend or families books are overtaking every space in their home, why not buy them a bookshelf? Whether in store or online, there is most likely a bookshelf to match your friends decorating taste. J
 


Books!

The best thing to give your book loving friend is, of course, a book! Listen to what they say around you and I’ll bet they will mention a book that they really want or an author that they really love! There are literally MILLIONS of books out there and they come in all price ranges so you are sure to be able to find one that you will be happy  to give your loved one this Christmas. J
 

Box Sets!

Do you have a friend or family member who is obsessed with a particular series of books? If they don’t already own a copy of all of the books in that series a good gift might be a box set of the entire series! If there is a series there is more than likely a box set of the whole thing so check out your local bookstores and online stores to see how to get one for your loved one!
 

Book lights!

            Book lights are an ingenious little item that won’t drain you Christmas shopping budget and will be of use to your book loving friend! A book light will allow your friend or family member to keep reading during a blackout, or when the person next to them at night needs to sleep with little to no lights on. They come in a variety of shapes and colors and usually only require a 2-4 small batteries. J



Audiobooks!

Do you have a family member or friend who loves books but is on the road a lot? What about a someone who is not able to see very well anymore but still loves stories? Well a great idea for these people is audiobooks! Just about every major book has been made into an audiobook and it allows people in compromising situations to hear the stories they love!
 
 

Decorative Book Boxes!

You have probably seen these in a lot of stores over the last few years. If your friend or family member needs something to hide valuables in, go for a more realistic looking book. If they just want them for storage and decoration, go for more decorative books!

 

     I hope these ideas have helped you figure out what you can give your book loving friend or family member this Christmas! J With just a little time and effort you can give your loved one a book related gift that they’ll really enjoy.

Until Next Time,

            Lizzie <3

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Book Countdown: An Advent Calendar

 
 

Christmas Book Countdown!!!

Hello Bookworms!!

          This is one for all you bookworms with kids! While I was looking at Christmas Ideas, I came across an Idea: The Christmas Book Countdown!! It’s a fun twist on an Advent calendar with books! 

 
 

What You’ll Need:

Christmas books

A Box

Wrapping Paper

Labels or a Marker

Here’s How it works:

First, parents should pick out children’s story books that fit the Christmas theme (These can be of a religious nature or not). You can start your countdown at any time, but, for the purposes of this post, we’ll assume that you start the countdown on December 1st.

So, if you start at December 1st, you’ll need 24 books (Remember, you can start at any time meaning if you wanted to start the week before you’d only need seven. You can adjust the Christmas Book Countdown to suit your budget J )!


 

Next, wrap each of the books in the wrapping paper you chose.

 

As you wrap, label each of the books with the numbers 1 through 24 using a label you made or just writing the numbers with a marker (careful when using markers that the ink doesn’t bleed through the paper and mark the front of the book).

 

Now place the wrapped, labeled books into the box or on the shelf you chose making sure that number 24 is the first book and number 1 is the last book.

 

Each night your child picks up the correct book, unwraps it, and you and the child (or the whole family) reads the story together. As the days go on, the numbers get smaller as Christmas gets closer.

 


This in a fun way for you and your children to bond as Christmas gets closer and share the joy of books and the Christmas season. Plus it’s an activity that can be done inside where it’s warm. J

Thinking about making your own Christmas Book Countdown?

Here are some links to children’s Christmas books that may help!:





 

Merry Christmas and Until next time,

                                                          Lizzie <3

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nicholas Sparks Christmas Giveaway!


Hello Bookworms!

          I got so excited I couldn't wait til midnight so I'm starting it an hour early! It's the See Lizzie Read Black Friday Book Giveaway! This giveaway is three –in-one!! I am giving away The Nicholas Sparks Holiday Collection! Featuring True Believer, At First Sight, and A Bend in the Road!!


 
How do I enter?

Follow me on Twitter at @LovelyLizzie10 and retweet any of my tweets about the #BFGiveaway all Black Friday long!!

-OR-

Go to the link to the See Lizzie Read Facebook page and Like or Comment on the post  here!

One winner will be chosen at random! You’ll be notified on Saturday, Nov. 30th if it’s you!
 

This giveaway is open to all countries!
Can't wait to give one of you a fun Christmas gift! :D
                                                     -Lizzie <3

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds


Hello Bookworms,

            Today I have super special review for you all! I was recently blessed to receive and read an advanced reader copy of Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds, the epic finale to the Heirs of Ireland series!  I can't wait for you all to get to read it!!

 
 

Summary

            At the tail end of the California Gold Rush the United States is still going through many changes. There is unrest among the people of the nation and all too soon it will turn to war. The Underground Railroad is in full swing. Poor Caitlin is twisting in the wind in a string of unsuccessful pursuits of love. Davin is no longer the happy, carefree child he once was. He is a changed man after having made his fortune through hydraulic mining in California. Seamus and his family have fallen on hard times just as Clare and Andrew have. Clare’s writing continues to be controversial at the Daily but now it is drawing the wrath of the Irishmen in their city. The Hanley children came to New York with dreams of escaping hardship…but it seems hardship will find them anyway. How will the Hanley family survive when they are divided from one another by a war and threatened by their neighbors at every turn?

Review

          2 things that you need to know: 1. Do not read the books out of order or you will ruin surprises from the previous book(s). 2. This review contains 1 spoiler, but it is only in reference to one scene and does not spoil any major plot twists.

          I really enjoyed reading Songs of the Shenandoah. When I read, I get to a place where I feel like I know the characters and I begin to worry what will happen to them so to get my hands on the conclusion was wonderful!

            There were so many wonderful things about this book. There are twists and turns that will keep your mind racing and your eyes scurrying across the pages reading chapter after chapter! There are your old favorite characters and new ones that you will come to love!  There are moments in this book that will snatch you from elation, to sorrow, move you to tears, and back again.

            There are points in this book that are incredibly suspenseful (which I love) and in one particular chapter the plotline becomes incredibly intense. There is one section that for me was a bit too intense.  I am only going to mention this moment here in the review because I want to warn parents and the faint hearted: In chapter 44, titled ENEMY LINES, there is an incredibly graphic 2 or 3 paragraphs that describe a horrible lynching that Clare witnesses in New York. This moment occurs when we are hearing about other horrors and listening to the tortured thoughts of Clare Hanley and for me that moment was extremely disturbing. I still cannot think about it much.  Shortly after that, in the same chapter, there is an intense, suspenseful beating that occurs. So be warned that chapter is a bit hard to take and if you are an extremely compassionate heart or you have children reading this series just keep an eye out to deal with any reactions that may be had to those scenes. I do commend Mr. Reynolds for depicting an accurate picture of the horrible injustices committed during the Civil War (on both sides). I also commend Mr. Reynolds for accurately depicting what it was like for families divided on either side of the war and the confusion about how to deal when you have loved ones living on either side. There is a particular quote from a conversation between Davin and Clare that I think very accurately sums up the fear and stress that was experienced by families and friends forced to make tough decisions during the civil war:

                “ ‘You know,’ Clare said, ‘I believe confused is a good place for us to be with all of this.         Anyone who has clarity during times such as these is someone we should fear.’ ”

            Not only are the main characters (the Hanley and Royce families) captivating, the less central characters were amazing as well. Reverend Zachary and Cassie Bridger are an amazing pair of people. Sweet Owen warmed my heart with his optimism, hard work, and humble spirit. Muriel totally shocked me and yet I love her character. And Jacob! Dear Jacob! I can’t say anything about him without revealing major plot spoilers but oh how I love Jacob!! And then Percy Barlow….My heart breaks for Percy…people who have read the second book but not the third will think I’m crazy but trust me, by the end you will understand…what a tragedy.

            The sweeping conclusion to Heirs of Ireland is so worth the read! If you haven’t begun the series, please do! And if you have, please keep reading to the finish! You won’t want to miss any of it! Get your copy of Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds when it releases on January 1st, 2014!



Links:
Buy Songs of the Shenandoah Here
Buy All Three of the Heirs of Ireland Series Here

 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Until next time,

            Lizzie <3
 
p.s. Don't forget!! Tomorrow is the special See Lizzie Read Black Friday Giveaway! Don't miss it! Get all the details here!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Review: In Golden Splendor by Michael K. Reynolds


Hello Bookworms!!

          I have a new review for you all today! Some time back I read a novel called “Flight of the Earls” by author Michael K. Reynolds. Later, I posted an interview with Mr. Reynolds! Today, I have the review for the second book in the Heirs of Ireland trilogy “In Golden Splendor”. Be careful though, If you haven’t read “Flight of the Earls” this could contain SPOILERS!!!

 

Summary:

          Seamus Hanley’s life has never been easy. His father was a cruel man. His brother Keavan drowned and it was all Seamus’s fault. Now he is a defector from the United States Army living in a cabin that isn’t exactly up to standard for Rocky Mountain Living. When a United States Soldier has an accident on the mountain side, Seamus’s life takes another sudden turn.

          A letter, a picture, and an inner pulling from an unknown source lead Seamus to San Francisco in the middle of the gold rush and the events that follow change Seamus in ways he never thought possible.

 

Review:

          I am going to say first off that this is not a book that you should read without having read the first book first. It will ruin LOADS on surprises from the first book if you read them out of order. Now, to my thoughts on ‘In Golden Splendor”:

          I greatly enjoyed the book. The characters are numerous but none of them are lost in the story. Each and every one of their personalities are distinctive and are just as important to the story as the main characters! No detail is wasted (which is personally something I LOVE in a book. It can get tiresome to read tons of detail that doesn’t further the story). As far as the main characters (Seamus, Ashlyn, Henry Parnell, Annie, Cade, Clare, Davin, Brother Chuck, and others) stories, they braid together better that a little girls pigtails. Michael Reynolds ability to tie details together from the very beginning to the very end (and from book one to book two) reminds me of the writing of J.K. Rowling with the Harry Potter Series.

          There are so many twists in this story that one can never get bored. Something amazing happens, you get a few pages to breathe and process the information along with the character and then BOOM! Something else happens (They’re not all bad things though so don’t panic and jump ship before you start ;) ). Two of my favorite themes that were dealt with in the story had to be the damage that parents can do to their children when they choose not to parent properly and does God really love us no matter what we’ve done (the answer is yes by the way J ).

          I am forced to ask why we have such crappy movies coming out when there are great novels out there that could make amazing movies. Flight of the Earls and In Golden Splendor would make awesome movies! I can see it as I’m reading! Please if you are a movie maker or you know how to contact one, give these books some consideration!

          All that being said, I HIGHLY recommend this book and its predecessor (Flight of the Earls) to everyone! Even to guys! I know that sometimes it’s difficult to get boys to want to read (no offense to any boys and men who do love to read <3 ), but I think these books especially Seamus’s story will be one that they will enjoy following.

 

 


Read my review of Flight of the Earls here!


Read See Lizzie Read's Interview with Michael K. Reynolds here!

 

Until Next Time!!!,

                   Lizzie <3

Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Giveaway!!

Hello Bookworms!!,
        I have an exciting announcement!! In just 2 weeks from today I will be announcing a book giveaway!! Entry will be very simple!

Entry:

Simply go to my Twitter, @LovelyLizzie10, on Black Friday and RT my post about the giveaway

                             OR

Go to the See Lizzie Read  Facebook page on Black Friday and "Like" or "Comment"

One lucky winner will be chosen at random!

There will be a post up at 12:00 am EST on Black Friday to remind everyone and I will be tweeting and facebooking reminders throughout the day!!

The giveaway is open to all countries! :)

Stay tuned for the announcement of which book!! (I know you'll love it :) )



The Boscome Valley Mystery - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Hello Bookworms!,

            I have another review from the world of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Summary:

            A young man’s father has been murdered. All the evidence points to the young man and he has been arrested. The young man and the authorities now look to Sherlock Holmes to prove whether or not the young man really could’ve killed his father. According to the evidence, it is improbable that anyone other than the young man really committed this crime. But at Sherlock says, when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable must be the truth. The question is not can Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery, its can he solve it before the young man goes to trial and is hanged for murder.
 
 
 

Review:

            I liked The Boscombe Valley Mystery because it was not only a mystery but it was a bit suspenseful. Unfortunately for me it was a tad bit slow moving in the middle even for a short story. But the ending made up for it. I would recommend the Boscombe Valley Mystery to mystery lovers everywhere.

PHOTO OF BOOK
** This is the book I am using to read the Sherlock Holmes stories. I like the layout of the book, the only drawback is that it is not a complete version of the original Sherlock Holmes works some of the short stories were not included. However, it does include the whole novel “The Hounds of Baskervilles” and the short stories are published in the same fashion as they originally were in The Strand with all the illustrations by Sidney Paget. At just $10 I recommend it to anyone who wants to become acquainted with the original Sherlock Holmes works for the first time like myself.
 



Links to Buy:
 
Until Next Time,
        Lizzie <3