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Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

14Title: Jackaby
Author: William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #1
Released: September 16, 2014
Genres: F, HF, M, YA
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 299
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: April 19 – June 18, 2017
Grade: B
Synopsis: Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter”

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Book Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Title: America’s First Daughter
Authors: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Year: 2016
Pages: 624
Dates Read: March 24 – May 27, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HF, R
Rating: ★★
Summary: A novel of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, the eldest daughter of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
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Book Review: The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Title: The White Princess
Author: Philippa Gregory
Year: 2013
Pages: 518
Dates Read: April 10-17, 2017
Format: Paperback
Genres: HF, R
Rating: ★★
Summary: Elizabeth of York is forced to marry the new Tudor king, Henry VII, after he kills her uncle, Richard III, at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, ending the Wars of the Roses (known as the Cousins’ War before Sir Walter Scott coined the more well-known term).  The two must work together in order to keep their tumultuous country in order, with bitter, defeated Yorks threatening the kingdom.

Favorite Quotes: 
  • “The red rose and the white, a rose without a thorn” (26).
  • “There is nothing in the world more powerful than a woman who knows what she wants and walks a straight road towards it…You have to make up your mind what you want, and have the courage to set your heart on it…Walk through your sorrow, my daughter, it hardly matters as long as you walk to where you want to be” (79-80).
  • “In the darkness of the night his conscience speaks louder than his mother’s ambitions” (92).

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Book Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin


Title:
 Victoria
Author: Daisy Goodwin
Year: 2016
Pages: 404
Dates Read: March 15-20, 2017
Format: Kindle (and Audible)
Genres: HF, R
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: A coming-of-age story focusing on Queen Victoria’s beginning as one of the longest-ruling monarchs of Great Britain. 

Favorite Quote: “How was it possible that her body should react so violently to someone she found so difficult?”

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