Book Review

Book Review: White Collar Girl

White Collar Girl
By Renee Rosen

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 448 page (paperback)
2015, NAL
ISBN: 9780451474971 (paperback)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

Jordan Walsh comes from a family of reporters and writers, and after her brother’s tragic death, she is determined to make it to the city desk at the Chicago Tribune. But it’s a man’s world and Jordan must fight to cover breaking news stories rather than society weddings or write articles about the different ways a woman can wear her slip. Jordan struggles to get her male co-workers to take her seriously, while at home she deals with her distant parents, who have yet to recover from the loss of their son. Amidst the drama, Jordan begins to land breaking stories that could prove to further isolate her from her family and co-workers. 

This was an enjoyable read, though nothing ground-breaking or mind-blowing. I liked Jordan, though she had her moments when I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her and say “Girl, what are you doing?!”

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Book Review: Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun
By Paula McLain

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 384 pages (hardcover)
2015, Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345534187 (hardcover)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

From Amazon: Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

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Book Review: Rebel Queen

Rebel Queen
By Michelle Moran

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 386 pages (hardcover)
2015, Touchstone
ISBN: 9781476716350 (hardcover)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

From NetGalley: When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies—one male and one female—and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves.

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Book Review: The King’s Curse

The King’s Curse
By Philippa Gregory

Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 612 pages
2014, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451626117

This is the sixth book and conclusion of the Cousins’ War series, revolving around the feud between the York and Tudor branches of the royal family in England. This book is told from the perspective of Margaret of York, cousin to the late queen Elizabeth of York, who was the wife of Henry VII. Now it is Henry VIII who is taking the throne and Margaret witnesses his reign as both friend and enemy as Henry grows from boy to man and changes the foundation of royalty and the church.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sacre Bleu

This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: Neverhome

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Neverhome
By Laird Hunt

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 256 pages (hardcover)
2014, Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316370134
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blurb from NetGalley: She calls herself Ash, but that’s not her real name. She is a farmer’s faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

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Book Review: The White Princess

The White Princess (Cousins’ War book 5)
By Philippa Gregory

My Edition:
Paperback, 528 pages
2013, Touchstone
ISBN: 9781451626100

Considering this is the fifth book in the series and I haven’t posted a review on any of the others, I thought I’d just do a quick review. This whole series focuses on the war between the houses of York and Lancaster over the throne of England. In this book we follow Elizabeth of York, recently wedded to Henry VII of Tudor. There’s the mystery of Elizabeth’s two missing brothers, Edward and Richard, as Henry fights to keep the crown he won in battle when he defeated Elizabeth’s uncle Richard.

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