Fiction Read in 2021

Happy New Year! As always, last year was full of great reads. While I'm not keeping up the blog so actively anymore for individual book reviews, I'm still tracking my reading and excited to discuss the stories I've enjoyed. While I read mostly non-fiction last year, I did make time for 25 novels in various … Continue reading Fiction Read in 2021

Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell

Title: What I Saw and How I LiedAuthor: Judy BlundellGenre: YA FictionPage Count: 300 pagesPublisher: ScholasticRelease Date: February 1, 2010 Publisher’s Summary: National Book Award Winner | When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than … Continue reading Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell

Book Review: Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins

Teen historical romance Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins was published by Avon in 2002. On page one, we meet seventeen-year-old Catherine, a wealthy young woman living in Revolutionary-era Boston, the moment she discovers that her presumed-dead elder brother might actually still be alive. Intent on rescuing him, she seeks help from her brother's … Continue reading Book Review: Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins

Series Spotlight: The Royal Diaries

I read the above three books depicted in the Royal Diaries series: Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile; Eleanor, Crown Jewel of Aquitaine; and Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars. The Royal Diaries was Scholastic's spin-off of the Dear America series, but wasn't as successful, and was cancelled sooner than its predecessor. I would … Continue reading Series Spotlight: The Royal Diaries

Book Review: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

This is a very neat little retelling/fictitious diary of Marie Antoinette's younger years, and her days before she becomes the notorious Queen of France. The author uses her imagination to invent a childhood for Marie that girls today may relate to, and all the events leading up to her arranged marriage and the obscene pomp … Continue reading Book Review: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

Book Review: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

This book was originally part of Scholastic's Royal Diaries series. We meet the last Grand Duchess of Russia, Anastasia, in her tender adolescence, and read all about what her life was like with her siblings, prior to the Revolution and their deaths. This diary-formatted book is a good introduction to the history of the Romanovs and … Continue reading Book Review: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

Book Review: Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Spirited little Rachel Kalama’s life changes for the worst when, in 1890s Hawai’i, she is discovered to have leprosy. The disease breaks up the Kalama family as it makes them anathema, which no one in their community wants to touch. Young Rachel is deported to the secluded island of Moloka’i, never to be permitted to touch … Continue reading Book Review: Moloka’i by Alan Brennert